When I submitted my application for the teacher institute at Colonial Williamsburg, one of the questions asked how I would share the experience with my colleagues. Presenting professional development is something I have done for almost my entire career.
This question also allowed me to present this website as evidence that I can share in another format - online. I have highlighted two previous institutes in this way.
The truth is I love public speaking, and I love writing, and I especially enjoyed writing the last line in the following response:
I am an established, returning trainer at the local and state level in Missouri. I frequently present professional development sessions to my peers, to teachers across the district, and at annual state teacher conventions. Also, I enjoy a strong relationship with our parent association. My classes are often featured in local media, including newspaper, radio, and television reports and broadcasts. I am confident that the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute will easily find its way into unique presentations in a variety of formats, as well as in private conversations with community acquaintances outside of education.
More importantly is the reach of my professional website and blog at hoggatteer.weebly.com. I have maintained the extensive site for several years now, updating the blog daily with reports, reflections, interesting information, and lesson sets. I would invite your attention to the lessons I have developed for our history classes at https://hoggatteer.weebly.com/uniting-the-states.html. Additionally, please consider the reports I have kept for other teacher institute institutes I have been privileged to attend. For Mount Vernon, find https://hoggatteer.weebly.com/george-washington-and-mount-vernon.html, and for Fort Ticonderoga, go to https://hoggatteer.weebly.com/americas-fort.html. Thousands of teachers, parents, students, and others peruse the site and the materials I openly and freely share. Both of those teacher institutes were incredible - probably the most valuable of my career - and have changed my teaching forever.
How will I share the Colonial Williamsburg experience? I will do so with tremendous excitement, great emotion, and a deep appreciation to the donors who make the teacher institute possible.