Established in 1999, the George Washington Teacher Institute Summer Residential Program is a highly competitive educational experience that brings teachers to Mount Vernon, Virginia for an intensive week of study at Washington's home. Participating teachers are immersed in the study and discussion of the remarkable role George Washington played in the founding of our nation and this critical period of American history.

2015 Program Dates

June 14 - June 19:  Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma
July 12 - July 17:  California, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon
July 26 - July 31:  Arkansas, Florida, Maryland
Aug 2 - Aug 7:  Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania

The George Washington Teacher Institute is funded through private, state specific grants and donations. We apologize that at this time we are unable to accommodate teachers from states not listed above. 

Teachers from Connecticut and North Carolina: We're Coming to You in 2015!
Each year the Mount Vernon Education Department hosts in-state Regional Workshops for two of our Summer Residential states. Regional Workshop states do not attend the Summer Residential program during the year of their occurrence. Details for Fall 2015 programs in Connecticut and North Carolina will be available soon. 


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 750 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.)?
  • 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 should be from the principal or superintendent of the school/district where you are currently employed. The additional letter should be from a colleague. 

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, tours, and group projects
  • 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 receive a travel stipend and 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. 

What our participants have to say:

“…Overall, this was the most beneficial teacher enrichment program I have ever attended. Thank you so much for all your efforts. I was truly honored to attend this week at Mount Vernon.”

“Oh, I can't wait to impart what I learned in my AP classroom, either through just the sheer content or the use of art to teach a bit about American history.”

“I am going to recommend this institute to any fellow teacher who will listen. It was a great experience. Truly unforgettable.”

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