George Washington is undeniably one of the most essential leaders in our nation’s history. He stood at the center of every significant event in American history from commanding the Virginia militia in the French and Indian War to leading the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War, and from presiding over the Constitutional Convention to guiding our nation through the first 8 years of nationhood as President of the United States. To his contemporaries, Washington was the indispensable man who stood as a symbol of a new and growing nation. To 21st century citizens, his legacy of leadership and civic responsibility remain as relevant models.
Teachers will have the opportunity to:
- Examine the character and accomplishments of George Washington while living on his 18th Century estate
- Engage in active discussion of 18th Century history with top historians
- Explore Mount Vernon through interactive workshops, tours, and group projects
- Connect to Common Core and discuss how to integrate teaching history into English and STEM curricula in accordance with current education standards
- Return to your classroom with new knowledge, teaching materials and enthusiasm to share with your students and colleagues
In 2014, Mount Vernon will host sessions by state to build the foundation for statewide collegial networks of teachers who can share classroom ideas, lesson plans, and resources.
June 8-13: Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia
June 22-27: Nevada, Oregon, Ohio, California
July 13-18: Maryland, Florida, Pennsylvania
July 26-Aug 1: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York
The French and Indian War
Washington as Commander in Chief
18th Century Economics
18th Century Surveying and Land Acquisition
The Constitutional Convention and Teaching the Constitution
George Washington and the Presidency
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson: Differing Perspectives
Slavery in the 18th Century
Martha Washington and Family Life
Object Based Learning
Role Playing and Role Biography in the Classroom
Teaching with Primary Documents
Incorporating the Socratic Method into Classroom Teaching
Common Core and STEM Connections
All teachers accepted into the institute receive a travel stipend 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 session for colleagues in their home district or state.
Applications process begins January 2014. For questions email Danielle Schallom at email@example.com.
*Through private funding, the George Washington Teachers' Institute is open only to teachers in the states of Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.
Arkansas and North Carolina Regional Workshops: Mount Vernon is coming to Arkansas and North Carolina in 2014. For more information check back later or email firstname.lastname@example.org.