TMI dean serves as Colonial Williamsburg master teacher
Jill Cross, dean of curriculum and instruction at TMI Episcopal, served as a master teacher at the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute, a program of summer sessions that demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to teaching social studies.
Partnered with employees of the living-history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia, master teachers facilitate a weeklong immersion in American history that teaches participants to become mentors to other educators in developing active-learning classrooms.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to share my passion for history and my love of teaching and learning each summer through this program,” said Cross, who was returning for her fourth year with the Institute.
During her session, Cross worked with 27 teachers from around the country, including five from the state of Texas. Throughout each day, participants work with Colonial Williamsburg staff and a master teacher to learn interactive techniques and to develop instructional materials intended to enhance thinking skills and to bring history to life in the classroom.
Since the program began in 1990, more than 9,300 teachers from all 50 states, two U.S. territories and five foreign countries have participated. Recognized as an Influence Leader by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Cross is a nationally board certified teacher who was formerly the curriculum integration specialist at a museum magnet school. She has coordinated development of standards and curriculum for both public and private schools and is a frequent presenter at national conferences on 21st-century learning skills, arts integration and project-based learning.
Colonial Williamsburg is a community returned to its 18th-century appearance as a center for history and citizenship, encouraging the study, interpretation and teaching of America’s founding democratic principles.