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 an anonymous Virginia foundation, along with the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh R. Heishman, the Virginia Society of the Cincinnati, and Altria.


Application Deadline

August 31, 2015

A Weekend with George Washington provides an intensive immersion study of George Washington and his world. Selected teachers will participate in discussions led by noted Washington scholars and authors as well as engage in workshops exploring Washington’s life and interests at Mount Vernon. Through study, discussion, and tours, 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

All teachers accepted into the institute will reside on the grounds of Washington's home. All lodging, meals, workshops, and materials are included in the program. Participants are required to perform one in-service session for colleagues in their home district or state.

Application Requirements

  • A completed application
  • A resume listing relevant education, teaching history, leadership roles held, previous professional development, student engagement, and innovating teaching practice
  • A personal essay addressing the question: 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 from a principal or superintendent. 


Please email questions to to our Education Department at with the subject line "VA Residential Weekend"

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