Virginia teachers (grades 3-12) are invited to apply for a FREE residential experience at George Washington's Mount Vernon. This opportunity has been made possible by an endowment established through the lead gift of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, along with the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh R. Heishman, the Virginia Society of the Cincinnati, and Altria.

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Application Deadline

December 14, 2015

A Weekend With George Washington is a three-day, immersive residential program for teachers from Virginia. Attendees will participate in an intensive study of George Washington and his world through a curriculum which will include discussions led by noted Washington scholar, 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.

Past Sessions Have Included

The Leadership of George Washington
• George Washington: Architect, Farmer, Entrepreneur
• George Washington: Commander-in-Chief
• Slavery at Mount Vernon
• Teaching History Through Art

Application Process


  • Completed online application
  • Resume listing relevant education, teaching history, leadership roles held, previous professional development, student engagement, and examples of innovative teaching practices.
  • A personal essay (no more than 500 words) addressing the following questions:
    • Why do you want to attend the George Washington Teacher Institute?
    • How is the subject of George Washington relevant to your teaching?
    • How will you take what you've learned and make an impact in your learning communities (with students, colleagues, online, etc.)?
  • One Letter of Support addressing your skill, ability, and experience as a teacher and indicating support for the responsibilities outlined in the Participant Obligation Pledge. 

Participants 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, and tours
  • Connect lessons to the C3 Framework and discuss how to strengthen teaching history in all aspects of curriculum
  • Return to your classroom with new knowledge, teaching materials and enthusiasm to share with your students and colleagues
All teachers accepted into the institute reside on the grounds of Washington's home. Participants are required to perform a minimum of one in-service session for colleagues in their home district or state. 
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