Virtual Teacher Institute 2021: Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to your questions about attending the American Battlefield Trust’s 2021 Virtual Teacher Institute

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are looking for information about the in-person 2021 National Teacher Institute, that event has been cancelled. We look forward to seeing you in person in 2022. The information below pertains only to the FREE online 2021 Virtual Teachers Institute event. 

General Event Information 

What are the dates of the event?

July 12-16, 2021.

Who can attend the American Battlefield Trust National Teacher Institute?

This event is primarily intended for K-12 educators and administrators, but we also allow the following professionals to attend:

  • Active K-12 educators and administrators.
  • Full-time Museum professionals.
  • Librarians.
  • A limited number of adjunct and full-time college professors & administrators. 

Where will the 2021 Virtual Teacher Institute be held?

The event will be held on the American Battlefield Trust webinar platform. 

When does registration open for the event?

Registration is closed. 

Do I need to register for the event?

Yes, you must register for each session that you wish to attend.

What is the cost of registration?

There is no registration fee, the event is free. 

How do I attend?

  • Register for the webinars that you wish to attend. 
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with all of the login information. 
  • A few minutes before the webinar starts, click on the link provided in the registration email. 

Are you recording the sessions?

Yes, the sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the American Battlefield Trust website a few weeks after the event.

Continuing Education Certificate

How many continuing education contact hours can I earn at the event and how do I earn the hours?

You may earn up to 24 contact hours—which equals 2.4 CEU's. The number of CE hours that are provided to each participant will be commensurate with the number of webinars attended by each participant. Participants must register for each webinar session they wish to attend, sign in to each session using the webinar system, watch and/or interact in the webinar for a minimum of one hour per session, and complete an exit survey for the event. All CE certificates will be processed AFTER the event.

What constitutes one CEU?

One CEU equals ten contact hours of participation in organized continuing education classes and/or training conducted by a qualified instructor. A contact hour is equivalent to one 60-minute interaction between an instructor and the participant.

Is there is a minimum number of sessions that I must attend to receive a CE certificate?

Yes. Any participant requesting a CEU certificate must register for and attend five (5) or more sessions of the Virtual Teacher Institute to qualify for a CEU certificate. 

Is there a minimum amount of time that I must be in each session to earn credit for attending?

Yes, you must attend for at least one hour per session (60 minutes) to earn a CEU for that session.

Can I receive CEUs for watching the recordings at a later date?

No, you can only apply for and receive CEUs for attending the live sessions July 12-16, 2021.

Will my attendance be timed?

Yes, each session and each participant is timed by our system. 

How do I receive my continuing education certificate?

  1. You must register for each webinar that you plan to attend.
  2. Attend at least five (5) or more event webinars. 
  3. You must log in and attend each session for at least 60 minutes per session. 
  4. Complete an exit survey that will be sent to you on or before July 21. 
  5. Answer YES when asked on the exit survey if you wish to receive a CEU certificate for the event. 
  6. If you do all of the above, the American Battlefield Trust will take care of the rest. 
  7. Check the email address that you provided for your certificate starting in mid-September of 2021. Don't forget to check your spam folder, too.

Why do I have to fill out an exit survey?

This is a CEU certification requirement. Without an exit survey, we cannot fulfill your CE certificate request.

How long do I have to wait to receive my 2021 CE certificate?

CEU certificates will be sent to the email address that you provided in mid-September of 2021. 

Do I have to pay for my own CE certificate?

No, the cost of the certificate will be covered by the American Battlefield Trust. 

How do I know if my school district will accept the CE Certificate?

It is your responsibility to confirm with your school district if they will accept the certificate letter. The American Battlefield Trust only facilitates the issuance of the certificate. The application of the certificate is up to each individual, school, and school district

Are these full college credit hours?

No. This is a Continuing Education certificate, not undergraduate or graduate hours, and they cannot be applied toward a college degree program. 

How long do I have to request my 2021 continuing education certificates?

You have until August 6, 2021, to request your continuing education certificate. We will not process any new CE requests for the 2021 National Teacher Institute after August 6, 2021.

Why is there a deadline to request my continuing education certificate?

We contract our CE certificates. Our contract window can only stay open for a limited time.