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Peterson Selected for Declaration of Learning Program

Patricia Ann Peterson, a fourth- and fifth-grade gifted and talented teacher at Algonkian Elementary School, has been selected to participate in the prestigious Virginia Declaration of Learning program.

The Declaration of Learning program provides resources to teachers, including special access to collections for national, state and local museums, libraries and historic sites; instruction on how to use historical objects as a gateway to learning; and lessons on how to create student-led, teacher-directed civic-engagement projects. In Virginia, program partners include the Virginia Department of Education, American Civil War Museum, Chrysler Museum of Art, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture and the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms.

During the summer, Peterson attended a week-long, intensive training program led by Declaration of Learning’s state and national partners for which she received 30 hours of professional development credit.

Peterson holds a bachelor of arts degree from Ladycliff College. She completed her practicum for endorsement in the teaching of the gifted through the University of Virginia and was a participant in the Content Teaching Academy 2007 at James Madison University. Peterson became the SEARCH teacher at Hillside Elementary in 2006 and at Algonkian in 2010. She has participated in two Mount Vernon Summer seminars, “Slavery at Mount Vernon” and “George Washington, Gentleman Scholar” and was selected as a Stratford-Monticello Scholar in 2003, studying the leaders of the American Revolution. Peterson has attended several seminars at the Library of Congress to discover ways to incorporate their resources into learning experiences for her students. She spent a week during the summer of 2013 exploring Virginia history through the Virginia History Museum and the University of Richmond.

The National Declaration of Learning program was formed in 2013 as part of an interagency educational initiative that began when representatives from 12 national organizations signed the “Declaration of Learning.” This declaration pledged that these organizations would work with state and local partners to create learning tools for educators and students.





Published September 21, 2021