The George Washington Teacher Institute Summer Residential Programs are 5-day immersive professional development experiences designed to support K-12 educators who teach about the life, leadership, and legacy of George Washington and the 18th-century world in which he lived.


Application Deadline

Applications will be available in November 2017

Summer Residential Programs

We’ve taken the best elements of our popular residential programs and made them accessible to educators in every state. Our format, with a different thematic focus each session, allows you to focus on the 18th-century subjects that are most relevant to your classroom: government, women, military, slavery, leadership, and business. Each week features a lead scholar, as well as numerous guest speakers and Mount Vernon experts.

Details and applications for Summer 2018 will be available in November 2017.

What is it?

A 5-day immersive professional development designed to support K-12 educators teach about the life, leadership, and legacy of George Washington and the 18th century world in which he lived. Each program includes these signature elements:

  • In-depth content and primary source analysis.
  • Immersive 18th-century experiences with historical interpreters and subject matter experts.
  • Lively debate and engaged collaboration with visiting scholars, fellow participants, and Mount Vernon staff.
  • Classroom applicability including technology integration.
  • Connections between historical events and contemporary student experiences.

2017 Dates and Themes

June 13 - 17, 2017 George Washington at War: From Soldier to Commander in Chief
June 20 - 24, 2017 Slavery in George Washington's World
July 11 - 15, 2017 First in Business: Washington, Mount Vernon, and the New Nation
July 18 - 22, 2017 Leadership and Legacy: Lessons from George Washington
August 1 - 5, 2017 Martha Washington and the Women of the 18th Century
August 8 - 12, 2017 The Model Citizen: George Washington and the Founding of the U.S. Government
Program Descriptions

Why should I apply?

  • Learn about George Washington’s life from experts while staying on-site at his beloved home.
  • Tackle topics that matter the most to you, from government to slavery to leadership.
  • Devise new ways to bring these lessons to life in your classroom.
  • Select from six different 4-day sessions to better fit your summer schedule.
  • Share successes and challenges with your peers from across the country.


Who Can Apply?

  • Anyone who is currently educating American students in a formal school environment.
  • Priority will be given to educators working directly with students (teachers, media specialists, librarians); however, a limited number of spaces will be reserved for administrators and supervisors.
  • Alumni from past residential programs are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants may only attend one residential program at Mount Vernon per calendar year.

How Much Does the Program Cost?

  • Full scholarships and travel stipends are available for applicants from the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Please note you must be teaching in the state for the 2017-18 school year to be eligible.
  • For educators in all other states, the cost of the 4 day/4 night program is $1,200 plus travel expenses. A non-refundable deposit will be due when the applicant confirms attendance at the program.

Application Process

Application details for our 2018 Summer Residential programs will be available in November 2017. Educators interested in attending the program must complete and submit the following:

  • Online Application The application should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and requires the applicant to upload a resume and essay. Two letters of recommendation are also required for completion. Applicants can start the application and return to it before submitting. 
  • Resume List relevant education and teaching history. Special attention will be given to leadership roles held, recent professional development, student engagement techniques, and examples of innovative and adaptive teaching strategies.
  • Essay Explain your reasons for applying along with how George Washington and the 18th-century world is relevant to your teaching, your personal teaching philosophy, and how you will take what you’ve learned and make an impact on your learning communities. Essays should be no more than 500 words.
  • Letters of Support Two letters of support addressing your skill, ability, and experience as a teacher and indicating support for the responsibilities outlined in the Participant Obligation Pledge. One letter must be from a person in a school or district leadership role where you are currently employed. The additional letter should be from an education colleague. Applicants must provide names and email addresses for reference within the application. An automated email will be sent to each reference.
  • Alumni of previous George Washington Teacher Institute Residential Programs should include information in their resume and essay demonstrating how they have integrated experiences and knowledge from the first residential program into their current practice. 

Participant Obligation Pledge
The primary goal of the George Washington Teacher Institute is to increase the understanding of George Washington, his legacy, and the context of the 18th-century world in which he lived. As an attendee, you will contribute to this goal by working directly with your students, as well as through in-service training and team meetings with your peers. All participants must agree to support this goal and complete the following requirements:

  • Fully and actively participate and contribute in ALL Institute activities, including staying on-site for the duration of the program
  • Conduct a minimum of one district level or state level in-service presentation or equivalent that reaches teachers beyond those that you work with on a daily basis
  • Submit a report on the in-service presentation within the required time frame
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