Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is embarking on one its most ambitious educational offerings to date. From June 26th – 28th at our Seaport Landing home port in Aberdeen, we will offer a continuing education workshop for teachers aboard the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain! For the first time, Washington State teachers can take part in the fun themselves and learn from the crew of the tall ships while pursuing their required continuing education credits (more commonly referred to as “clock hours”). Historical Seaport is an approved OSPI In-Service Provider, and hours will be certified by Grays Harbor College, an accredited Clock Hours Provider for the state of Washington.

The facilitators for this workshop are Capt. John Burke, a WA State teacher and former Historical Seaport captain, and Zachary Stocks (MA), Historical Seaport’s lead Education officer and an experienced museum instructor. Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is also partnering with Monticello Teachers Institute in Virginia to participate in a study funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. Teachers who take part in this clock hours program will not only learn new skills to take their classroom, but also contribute to field-wide research on how educational non-profits can be an asset to classroom teachers’ pedagogy.

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We have identified the learning objectives for the workshop based on the mission of Grays Harbor Historical Seaport and the unique opportunities available with Hawaiian Chieftain as the venue. Workshop days will be a combination of in-class and under sail professional development training. Topics areas to be covered in this program are the following:

  1. Pacific Northwest History
    An exploration of local history covering first occupations by Indigenous communities, the arrival of seafaring fur traders from Europe and the US, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and commercial enterprises which have grown the region in modern times.
  2. Object-Based Learning
    An introduction to the use of material culture in classroom education as tactile learning which act as touchstone moments for students to better understand the past
  3. Classroom Leadership
    A set of experiential skill-building activities (involving the actual sailing of the vessel) meant to build confidence and grow teachers’ personal leadership capacities.

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A total of 20 continuing education credit hours will be earned by participating teachers. The cost to participate in this 3 full day workshop is $513.00, which includes meals and snacks. No lodging is provided, so teachers should plan to drive to Aberdeen each day. Teachers can enroll in this program directly through Grays Harbor College and submit their completed program checklist to them at the conclusion of the workshop for evaluation and certification of clock hours. Only 24 spaces are available, so do not delay in reserving your space onboard!

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Contact Nancy Estergard of Grays Harbor College for details:, (360) 538-4012.