Richmond – Washington, DC
Content Specialist: Dr. Matthew Mason, Associate Professor, BYU
Pedagogy Specialist: Sara Hacken, Alpine School District, retired
The Larry H. Miller Education Project and Zions Bank will sponsor a seven-day Driven2Teach field study to Richmond, Virginia where we will visit the White House of the Confederacy, The Museum of the Confederate Soldier, Petersburg and the Battle of the Crater, and other sites which will provide a southern viewpoint on the “War of Northern Aggression”. Then we will travel to several historic Civil War battlefields such as Fredericksburg, Manassas, and Antietam on the way to Gettysburg. In Gettysburg we will tour the battlefield and the cemetery where the Gettysburg Address was given. We will end up in Washington, D.C. where we will enjoy a Constitution in Action lab at the National Archives and where we will see the original Declaration of Independence and Constitution. We will also visit Ford’s Theater, Arlington National Cemetery, and tour the new African-American History museum and other sites on the National Mall.
Participants will need to be in excellent physical condition as there will be a good deal of walking involved in Richmond, on the battle fields, and in Washington DC. Participants will also be expected to attend pre- and post- seminar meetings, read and discuss several scholarly academic texts, historical novels and pedagogical publications and resources. Participants will also receive curriculum resources from sites visited and are expected to return to the classroom as teacher mentors in their school community.
- Historic Tredegar
- American Civil War Museum
- White House of the Confederacy
- Petersburg National Battlefield
- National Archives Museum
- Arlington National Cemetery
Apply for Field Study
Apply as Individual
Utah educators, grades 5-12, who specialize in American History are welcome to apply as an individual participant. Applicants must have a continuing contract for the 2016-2017 school year and may not have participated in a Driven 2 Teach field study since 2012.Apply as Individual
Apply as Team
Utah educators, grades 5-12, who specialize in American history or historical literature may apply as a collaborative team. Each team member must have a continuing contract for the 2016-2017 school year and all team members must teach at the same school. None of the team members may have participated in a Driven 2 Teach field study since 2012.Apply as Team
Dr. Matthew E. Mason
Professor of Historical Content
Matthew E. Mason is an associate professor of history at BYU. He received his PhD in history from the University of Maryland in 2002. He started at BYU in fall 2003 after a year at Eastern Michigan University. He teaches a variety of courses on the history of slavery, early America, and Britain. He has published articles in a variety of journals of national and international reach. He has written and co-edited books including Apostle of Union: A Political Biography of Edward Everett; Slavery and Politics in the Early American Republic; Massachusetts and the Civil War: The Commonwealth and National Disunion; and Contesting Slavery: The Politics of Bondage and Freedom in the New American Nation. His current book projects include an edition of John Quincy Adams’ diary focused on slavery and politics. He lives in Springville with his wife Stacie and daughters Emily (born 1999), Hannah (born 2001), and Rachel (born 2006).
Master Teacher of Pedagogical Content
Sara Hacken is an award-winning veteran teacher. She was the Utah Teacher of the Year in 2013, Director for the Alpine Teaching American History grants, a Fulbright Scholar to India and Japan, an Eleanor Roosevelt Scholar, and a NASA teacher educator. She has taught in both elementary and secondary schools. Sara has been a Driven2Teach master teacher for the last six years.