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USAHEC Educators' Toolbox: Professional Development

USAHEC's source toolbox for educators

The U.S. Army is an expert in training and professional development
with centuries of experience!

Due to COVID 19 Policies, in-person professional development programs are suspended until further notice.

Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development (NCOPD) and Officer Professional Development (OPD) are staples of the training regimen in the armed forces. Using the Army's wide range of history, the USAHEC team, partnered with the Army Heritage Center Foundation, can provide tailored professional development opportunities to educators in small or large groups. Our professional development can target leadership, organizational change, general history, strategic and operational thought, and critical thinking, all geared toward an education audience. Contact the USAHEC team to discuss how we can tailor a program to combine centuries of training with the professional needs of your educators.

NOTE: The programming offered on this page is for educators, education administration, and U.S. Government organizations only. Please be prepared to identify your education organization when making your request. Scheduling of programming is subject to staff availability. When requesting professional development programming, please include your name, email address, educational organization, and a general description of your training objectives.

The USAHEC team will take your group to a battlefield and discuss topics such as decision making, leadership, organization, and critical thinking.

Due to COVID 19 Policies, in-person professional development programs are suspended until further notice.

Teachers, administrators, and educators of all types will learn not only about the history of the battle and the personalities involved, but also about the "WHY" and "HOW" of the decisions made on the field by men under pressure and in extreme circumstances. The discussions on the battlefield build group cohesion and teamwork, professional reflection, and a better understanding of leadership and organizational change.

Staff Rides generally require a group of 5-25 participants, and take from 5-8 hours to complete. The USAHEC offers staff rides at the following locations: Gettysburg, Antietam, Wilmington (NC), Valley Forge, Manassas, and others. Organizations requesting a staff ride are responsible for their own transportation and incidental expenses. There is no service fee charged for this program.

The USAHEC offers tailored single day, three day, and one week professional development courses right here at our facility.

Due to COVID 19 Policies, in-person professional development programs are suspended until further notice.

Our facility contains the Army's archives, allowing us to tailor the subject of your professional development to your group. We can support training on how to do research in an archives, how to integrate primary sources into the classroom, how to integrate individual Soldier's stories and Army history into non-military classrooms, and behind-the-scenes orientation to the museum and archives functions of the Army. We can apply themes to the training as well: integration, gender in history, political science, military science, specific eras (WWI, WWII, Vietnam, etc), STEM/technology, and U.S./world history.

On-site visits generally require a group of 5-35 participants and span from 2 hours to a full week depending on requirements. Participants are responsible for their own travel and incidental expenses, but there is no service fee charged for the course.

The USAHEC can send a historian specialized in military history training to your school to provide professional development classes to your educators.

Due to COVID 19 Policies, in-person professional development programs are suspended until further notice.

Educators in the civilian world have many of the same leadership responsibilities Soldiers have in the Army.  We offer history-based professional development to your teachers, right in your own school.  Our trainers are extremely flexible on topics and training objectives and are able to connect the Army's history to lessons in professional development.

Availability of off-site lectures and classes are subject to travel time and distance. Contact our team to discuss dates, times, and expenses.