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Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, TN/VA -- In preparation for the Grand Opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM), BCMM's Education Committee wants to ensure educators in both Virginia and Tennessee view the museum as an important educational resource. BCMM is committed to providing interdisciplinary material and experiences that will help teachers and students achieve their educational goals. In order to do so, BCMM is planning an Educators’ Day on July 22, 2014 and two days of in-services for regional teachers on July 23 and July 24, 2014. These events will offer educators from our region a “sneak peek” at the new museum before Grand Opening Events Weekend August 1-3. It will also offer an opportunity to earn professional development/in-service hours.

The Educators’ Day program will include brief tours and opportunities for educators to learn more about how the BCMM can assist them in meeting their academic objectives. Volunteers from the BCMM’s Educational Committee will lead educators on “sneak peek” tours of the museum and will also provide some information about our educational initiatives, including the kinds of in-services that our Education and Outreach program will make available during the school year. This will be a wonderful opportunity for area teachers and find out what kinds of needs the museum can fill for them. There will be Q&A sessions after the tours.

Teachers Invited to Attend Educators' Day & In-service Events at BCMM

There will be three sessions on Educator’s day: 10 AM to 12 PM, 1 PM to 3 PM, and 3 PM to 5 PM. Teachers who attend one of these sessions will receive a certificate for two hours of professional development. Spaces are limited, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Those who pre-register for a session will be guaranteed a seat; others will be given seats on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals may pre-register by calling Tracey Childress at 423-573-1927.

Teachers can attend any one of the Educators’ Day sessions and receive two hours of credit. They can also attend any of the other in-service sessions (listed below) for a more structured and discipline-specific session. The in-depth programs offer 5 hours of credit each.

For educators who would like a more in-depth look at how the BCMM can support them in their classrooms, two days’ worth of in-service programs will be offered to serve educators in different disciplines, led by experienced professionals with experience in delivering continuing education sessions. These sessions will take into consideration both the Virginia Standards of Learning and the Common Core Curriculum used in Tennessee.

Educators attending these in-service sessions will each receive a certificate for 5 hours of credit. Sessions will begin at 9 AM, with a one-hour break at 12:30 for teachers to have lunch on their own. The sessions will resume at 1:30 and will last until 4 PM.The last segment of the in-service will be a preview tour of the museum, led by the in-service presenter and the BCMM Education Curator. As with the sessions on Educators’ Day, space is limited. Teachers who want to be assured of a space for the in-service of their choice are strongly encouraged to pre-register.

Three (3) in-service programs will be offered for teachers to choose from. One program will focus on music history and style; another will connect the material in the Birthplace of Country Museum to critical thinking in the humanities; and a third is a STEM-focused in-service titled The Science of Sound. Music teachers are welcome, but we are also eager to serve others in the arts, humanities, and science.

In-service dates and brief descriptions are as follows:

July 23 9:00-4:00:
Why the Sessions? An Informational Overview of the Bristol Sessions, focusing on music history and styles of music.
Science of Sound: Recording and Radio History in the Classroom
July 24 9:00-4:00:
The Museum as Tool for Teaching Critical Thinking and Humanities Themes
Science of Sound (second date for overflow only if needed)

Birthplace of Country Music Museum is excited about the prospect of working with schools in our area to promote both excellence in education and an awareness of our region’s rich cultural and musical heritage. Thank you for considering this opportunity, and we look forward to serving you.

To register for one of the in-services above, please contact Tracey Childress at The Birthplace of Country Music. Her email is, and her telephone number is 423-573-1927.

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