Annual Teacher Institute


Twelfth Annual Teacher Institute

July & August 2021 | Free

Join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers in this year’s one-day Teacher Institute. The twelfth annual Brown Teacher Institute will focus on the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Virginia Constitution and will offer tools, resources, and content to aid educators in teaching about it and its legacies in the classroom. The Institute is currently being planned with both in-person and virtual options and will feature guest speakers and live Q&As. Teachers will explore how to use primary sources to enhance student learning in their classrooms and discover new digital resources.

Register through the links below to one location that works best for you. Capacity is limited. Registration is at a first come, first serve basis.

Register for the 12th Annual Anne & Ryland Brown Teacher Institute in Abingdon, Virginia (in-person), July 22, 2021

Register for the 12th Annual Anne & Ryland Brown Teacher Institute in Newport News, Virginia (in-person), July 29, 2021

Register for the 12th Annual Anne & Ryland Brown Virtual Teacher Institute, August 2, 2021

Register for the 12th Annual Anne & Ryland Brown Teacher Institute in Richmond, Virginia (in-person), August 3, 2021

50th Anniversary of the 1971 Virginia Constitution

The year 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the current Virginia state constitution. This year presents a rare opportunity to reflect not only on the history and impact of all the versions of Virginia’s state constitution, but also have a deeper understanding of the social and legal events leading up to the 1971 constitution, its 50 years of service (perfect and imperfect), and how this document can help to anchor Virginia as it confronts new challenges on the local and nation stage. 

This powerful document plays a critical role in our daily lives as Virginians, but the Virginia Standards of Learning addresses its significance minimally. The 50th anniversary of the 1971 Virginia Constitution is the catalyst for launching a statewide effort around putting the primary sources of the state’s constitutional past, found in the LVA collections, into the hands of teachers and educators who can empower future generations to be active participants in our democracy. Research shows that students who engage with interactive civics education are more likely to vote and be engaged in their communities. Civics education prepares students to participate more fully in a democratic society as informed citizens who understand the importance of voting and the promise and limitation of government. This is particularly important for Virginia’s increasingly diverse student population. A recent study by the Fordham Institute recommended that increased instructional time in social studies, which includes civics, increases  reading comprehension and benefits most students from non-English-speaking homes. 

Teachers must attend the entire Institute to receive a PD certificate.

Detailed schedule will be announced soon. Contact Emma Ito at or Catherine Fitzgerald Wyatt at with any questions.

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The 2021 Brown Teacher Institute is made possible in part by Virginia Humanities.