George Washington Summer Residential Teachers' Institute

  • 26 Jun 2011
  • 01 Jul 2011
  • Mount Vernon
Teachers' Institutes
George Washington Summer Residential Teachers' Institute*

Established in 1999, the George Washington Teachers' Institute is a highly competitive program which brings teachers to Mount Vernon, Virginia for an intensive week of study at Washington's home. Participating teachers immerse themselves in the study and discussion of this critical period of American history and the remarkable role George Washington played in the founding of our nation. Teachers will have the opportunity to:

Teachers enjoy cocktails on the Piazza

  • Explore the character and accomplishments of George Washington while living on his 18th century estate
  • Engage in an active exploration of 18th century history with top historians
  • Participate in interactive workshops, tours, fieldtrips, and group projects
  • Discuss how to integrate the teaching of history into English, science, math, and geography curricula
  • Return to your classroom and share new knowledge, teaching materials, and enthusiasm with your students

All teachers accepted into the institute receive a travel stipend of up to $350 and reside on the grounds of Washington's home. Participants are required to complete one lesson plan for dissemination to teachers across the nation on the Mount Vernon website, and perform one in-service for colleagues in their home district or state.

Session 1: June 26-July 1, 2011; Teachers, grades 5 - 8

Session 2: July 10-14, 2011; Teachers, grades 3 - 5 (workshop format)

Session 3: July 17-22, 2011; Teachers, grades 9 - 12

Session 4: July 31-August 5 2011; Teachers, grades 5 - 8

An application for your state for the summer 2011 institutes can be found here (scroll to your state). Email any questions to *Through private funding the George Washington Summer Residential Teachers' Institute is open only to teachers in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Oregon.

George Washington "Public Days" Teachers' Institute

This free, two-day annual event for educators includes lectures and discussions by renowned historians, special explorations of Mount Vernon, an open house at our Hearst Learning Center for Teachers, and a sunset cocktail reception on the Piazza overlooking the Potomac River. The session takes place on Tuesday, July 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Wednesday, July 20 from 8:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Registration will begin on May 30, 2011. Please note that this is a non-residential institute. When registration begins email your name, phone number,and school with "Public Days" in the subject line to

A Weekend with George Washington: A Residential Program for Virginia Teachers

Treat yourself to an immersive study of Washington and his times while in residence at his home, Mount Vernon. This 3-day program includes discussions lead by noted Washington scholars, hands-on workshops and tours exploring Washington's life and interests at Mount Vernon. For more information see the announcement flier and application, due by March 8, 2011.

George Washington Student Leadership Program

High school juniors and seniors who serve their schools or communities in a civic, service, sports, or other leadership capacity are invited to participate in a special program at Mount Vernon designed to discuss the character and contributions of our nation's first president. The program will explore how Washington's legacy of character and civic responsibility remain relevant in our modern world. Area high schools are invited to select three student leaders to participate in this FREE program. Teacher sponsors (one from each school) will receive a stipend of $100. The program will take place on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Ammerman family. For reservations email email your name, phone number, school name, and names of students with "Student Leadership Program" in the subject line to

For more information on any of the above-mentioned events check out our Professional Development for Teachers PDF.

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