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A Residential Weekend With George Washington for Virginia Teachers

Our residential weekend program for Virginia teachers is a three-day intensive study of George Washington and his world.

Applications are due by December 14, 2015.

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Educators' Evening: Holiday Traditions

Save the Date! Current K-12 teachers from the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland are invited to join the Education Staff for an evening of holiday entertainment.

Please Note: This program and the waitlist are currently at capacity. 

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National Council for Social Studies Annual Conference

Visit the Mount Vernon Education Department in the Exhibit Hall at the 95th NCSS Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Learn more about our programs or stop by to catch up with our staff and George Washington Teacher Institute Alumni. Don't miss the Friday afternoon alumni meet and greet!

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Regional Workshop: Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas

The George Washington Teacher Institute and the Bullock Texas State History Museum will host a teacher workshop to build connections between biography and your students’ historical study. This program will take place prior to the Leadership After Great Upheaval lecture featuring H.W. Brands.

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Regional Workshop: New Haven Museum in New Haven, Connecticut

Exploration, Encounter, Exchange: The Young George Washington
The George WashingtonTeacher Institute and the New Haven Museum will host a teacher workshop focusing on George Washington's early life, the French and Indian War, and Native Americans in the 18th-Century. 

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Regional Workshop: The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma

George Washington: Business Entrepreneur
The George Washington Teacher Institute will host a teacher workshop on the history of Washington’s business and agricultural inventiveness as an exploration of this part of his leadership and legacy.

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George Washington Teacher Institute Alumni Happy Hour at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Join Mount Vernon Farm and Gristmill expert Sam Murphy and historian Kristen Burton for an evening of drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres mixed with history fun and games. Attendees are encouraged to bring a colleague who would like to learn more about our programs and classroom resources on George Washington and the 18th century. 

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Regional Workshop: Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford, Connecticut

Teaching the American Revolution with Primary Sources
Explore primary sources from the time of the American Revolution aligned with Connecticut Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Frameworks through classroom-based activities with documents and objects. Learn new ways to empower students through primary source analysis methods while mastering new skills yourself. Content experts will provide rich content on George Washington as well as the diverse colonists who fought on both sides of the war. Lunch is provided.

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Regional Workshop: Old Salem Museum and Gardens in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

A visit from George Washington: Cultural Exchanges in the 18th Century
George Washington’s 1791 presidential visit to the Carolinas introduced him to the diverse cultures of the newly formed nation. His strong belief in religious freedom as a foundation for democracy will be highlighted throughout this day-long workshop as Washington and Moravian experts illuminate this 18th century encounter. Subsequent tours and activities will help to strengthen teacher classroom practice.  Lunch and site admission is provided. 

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Regional Workshop: Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina

A visit from George Washington: Redefining Government in the 18th Century
Touring the country as the first president, George Washington established precedents with each decision he made; so too did regional and state government officials during this formative time in our nation's history. Explore new resources, techniques, and content to teach history and civics in North Carolina through interactive tours, expert lectures, and classroom application workshops. Limited funding is available to support substitutes for teachers missing class to attend.  Lunch and site admission provided.

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Residential Weekend With George Washington for Missouri and Kentucky Teachers

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Join us for a four-day, immersive residential program for teachers from Missouri and Kentucky. The curriculum will include discussions led by noted Washington scholar, Dr. Denver Brunsman, as well as hands-on workshops exploring Washington’s life and interests at Mount Vernon. Through study, discussion, tours, and projects participants will gain a new and deeper understanding of the life and character of George Washington and his unique legacy in creating and shaping the principles of America’s democracy. The Application Deadline For This Program Has Passed.

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Regional Workshop: Providence, Rhode Island

Join the Mount Vernon Education staff and the Rhode Island Historical Society for a regional workshop at the John Brown House in Providence, Rhode Island. Attendees will explore the unique role Rhode Island played in the American Revolution and the Founding of the United States through lectures, tours, and a primary source workshop. 

Please Note: This workshop is free of charge, but registration is required. Registration includes lunch. Payment for participation is available to the first 20 registrants.

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Summer Residential Program - Week 4

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This program for teachers from Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania is a week long intensive study of George Washington and his world. Teachers reside on the grounds at Mount Vernon and attend sessions at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

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Summer Residential Program - Week 3

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This program for teachers from Arkansas, Florida, and Maryland is a week long intensive study of George Washington and his world. Teachers reside on the grounds at Mount Vernon and attend sessions at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

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Summer Residential Program - Week 2

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This program for teachers from California, Nevada, Ohio, and Oregon is a week long intensive study of George Washington and his world. Teachers reside on the grounds at Mount Vernon and attend sessions at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

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Public Days: George Washington and the Founding Documents

Explore new ways to engage students with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights at our annual public, two-day professional development program for educators of all grade levels. Featured speakers include Dr. Carol Berkin and Dr. Denver Brunsman.

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Summer Residential Program - Week 1

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This program for teachers from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Oklahoma is a week long intensive study of George Washington and his world. Teachers reside on the grounds at Mount Vernon and attend sessions at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

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George Washington and the West (Bowling Green, KY)

Join Mount Vernon educators for a day long professional development workshop exploring Washington’s role in the settlement of Kentucky. Participants will explore ways to teach about George Washington with a variety of primary sources and by applying 21st century standards.

The workshop will be held at the Knicely Conference Center at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY

Please Note: Registration includes lunch. Professional development certificates will be provided to those who attend. 

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George Washington and the West (Frankfort, KY)

Join Mount Vernon educators for a day long professional development workshop exploring Washington’s role in the settlement of Kentucky. Participants will explore ways to teach about George Washington with a variety of primary sources and by applying 21st century standards.

The workshop will be held at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, KY. 

Please Note: Registration includes lunch. Professional development certificates will be provided to those who attend.

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National Council for History Education Annual Conference

Visit the Mount Vernon Education Department in the Exhibit Hall at the 2015 NCHE  Annual Conference at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Learn more about our programs, hear about our exciting new resources, or come by to catch up with Teacher Institute alumni and staff. 

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2015 Ammerman Youth Leadership Program - Rescheduled

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

RESCHEDULED: Due to local school closures on February 18, 2015 this year's Ammerman Student Leadership Program has been postponed until February 23, 2015. If you are a registered attendee, our Education Staff will be in touch to confirm your attendance and provide additional information.

The George Washington Student Leadership program invites select high school juniors and seniors who serve their schools or communities in a civic, service, sports, or other leadership capacity to participate in a special program at Mount Vernon designed to examine the character and contributions of our nation’s first president. Established in 2005, this free program provides an opportunity for student leaders to explore the relevance of Washington’s legacy of character and civic responsibility in our modern world as an example for tomorrow’s future leaders.

Teacher sponsors (one per school) are invited to select three to five student leaders to participate in this program. Each teacher sponsor will receive a stipend of $100.00. Registration is required for this event and ends February 14th. Guests should plan to arrive by 3:30 pm and check-in at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Directions will be provided for registered attendees. Dinner will be provided for all participants.

This event is sponsored by the Ammerman Family and George Washington's Mount Vernon.

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A Weekend With George Washington for Virginia Teachers

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This program, for Virginia teachers, is a three-day intensive study of George Washington and his world. Teachers reside on the grounds at Mount Vernon and attend sessions at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

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Educators' Evening

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Current K-12 teachers from the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland are invited to join the Education Staff for a showing of our new animated film Now or Never: The Yorktown Campaign followed by a discussion highlighting new classroom resources from George Washington's Mount Vernon. A reception and candlelight tours of the Mansion will follow the program. 

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National Council for Social Studies Annual Conference

Visit the Mount Vernon Education Department at Booth #518 in the Exhibit Hall at the 94th NCSS Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. You will also find our staff at Jillian's Boston (145 Ipswich St, 2nd floor) on Friday November 21st from 6:30pm-8:30pm for an informal meet and greet. Learn more about our programs or come by to catch up with Teacher Institute alumni. 

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George Washington: An Artful Perspective (Bentonville, AR)

Join the Mount Vernon Education Department and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for a a day-long workshop focused on integrating art into social studies. 

Art can be a powerful primary source for historians, teachers, and students. At this Mount Vernon in Arkansas Teacher Institute, we invite participants to take a new look at our first president: through his portrayal in portraits, his interests in his youth, his intellectual pursuits in the arts and sciences. A multi-dimensional figure emerges beyond his memorialized political and military accomplishments. Exploration of these topics will help to expand the methods and relevant content connections between George Washington and your students. 

The workshop will be held at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR from 9:00am-3:00pm (check-in begins at 8:30am) 

Please Note: This workshop is free of charge, but registration is required. Registration includes lunch, and 6 hours of Professional ADE credits can be earned.

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George Washington: The Presidency (Little Rock, AR)

Join the Mount Vernon Education Department for a day of professional development hosted by the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.

Every American President has shaped the Office of the President in some way, but no person will ever have the lasting impact that George Washington did. Working from the Constitution, Washington made critical and long-lasting decisions about the symbolic, structural, and daily operations of presidential responsibilities. Explore the presidency and its impact on today’s political institutions and civic responsibilities at this Mount Vernon in Arkansas Teacher Institute. 

The workshop will be held at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock, AR from 9:30am-3:30pm (doors will open at 9:00am).

Please Note: This workshop is free of charge, but registration is required. Registration includes lunch, and 6 hours of Professional ADE credits can be earned.

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Virginia Council for Social Studies Annual Conference

Look for our staff at the 94th Annual Conference for Virginia Social Studies Educators in Tysons Corner, VA. Stop by our table in the exhibit hall to learn more about our teacher fellowships, school programs for students, professional development opportunities, and to pick up a few FREE resources.

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George Washington and the Constitution Teacher Workshop (Philadelphia, PA)

Join constitutional scholars and curriculum experts for a day-long workshop presented by the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon and the National Constitution Center.

Throughout the summer of 1787, George Washington presided over the Philadelphia Convention and together with the Founding Fathers, crafted the United States Constitution. Participants in this teacher workshop will learn about General Washington’s contributions to the early formation of our country while discovering new ways to engage students in the classroom.

The workshop will be held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA from 9:00am-3:00pm (registration begins at 8:30am). 

Please Note: Admission is $10 and includes access to the museum, lunch, and a $10 voucher to the museum gift shop. Act 48 credits will be offered.

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Teaching George Washington with 21st Century Standards Teacher Workshop (Pittsburgh, PA)

Join Mount Vernon’s Education Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Senator John Heinz History Center for a free professional development workshop exploring how to teach about George Washington with 21st Century academic standards. Sessions will include Washington's role in Western PA, teaching history through art, and primary sources. 

The workshop will be held at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA from 10:00am - 4:00pm 

Please Note: Registration is free, but requires a $20 deposit to be refunded after attending the workshop. Registration includes lunch, and 6 Act 48 credits will be offered. 

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A Weekend With George Washington for Missouri Teachers

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This program, for Missouri teachers, is a four-day intensive study of George Washington and his world. Teachers reside on the grounds at Mount Vernon and attend sessions at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

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Public Days: George Washington and His Fellow Virginians

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A two-day professional development conference focused on prominent 18th century Virginians such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. Learn about the private lives and homes of Virginia’s founders, as well as their public lives and relationships with one another.

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National Education Association Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly

Mount Vernon’s Education Department will be exhibiting at the NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly in Denver, Colorado. Meet our staff, learn about our FREE teacher resources and programs, and enter to win one of our great prizes.

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National History Day Awards Ceremony

Staff from Mount Vernon’s Education Department will be on hand to award the George Washington Leadership in History Prize during the awards ceremony.

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