The George Washington Teacher Institute Summer Residential Programs are 4-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.

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Application Deadline

February 22, 2016

Introducing our NEW Summer Residential Programs

We’ve taken the best elements of our popular residential programs and made them accessible to educators in every state. Our new 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. Lead scholars for Summer 2016 include Dr. Carol Berkin, Dr. Denver Brunsman, Dr. Scott Casper, Richard Josey, and Dr. Ed Lengel.

What is it?

A 4-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.

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.

How much does the program cost?

  • Full scholarships and travel stipends are available for applicants from the following states: Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, Florida, Oregon, New Jersey, Arkansas, Nevada, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Tennessee, California, Ohio, Maryland, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Texas, Wisconsin, Alabama, Missouri, and Virginia. Please note you must be teaching in the state for the 2016-17 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

Applications for our Summer Residential programs are due by February 22, 2016, and acceptances will be announced in late March 2016. 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 for completion.
  • 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.

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
  • Conduct a minimum of one district level or state level in-service presentation 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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