Established in 1999, the George Washington Teacher Institute is a highly competitive program which brings teachers to Mount Vernon, Virginia for an intensive week of study at Washington's home. Participating teachers immerse themselves in the study and discussion of this critical period of American history and the remarkable role George Washington played in the founding of our nation.

2014 Program

The application period for our Summer 2014 Teacher Institutes has closed.

Information on the 2015 Summer Teacher Institute application process will be posted this Fall.

About the Teacher Institute

Teachers 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 to Common Core and discuss how to integrate teaching history into English and STEM curricula in accordance with current education standards
  • Return to your classroom with new knowledge, teaching materials and enthusiasm to share with your students and colleagues
  • In 2014, Mount Vernon will host sessions by state to build the foundation for statewide collegial networks of teachers who can share classroom ideas, lesson plans, and resources.

All teachers accepted into the institute receive a travel stipend and reside on the grounds of Washington's home. Participants are required to complete one lesson plan for dissemination to teachers across the nation on the Mount Vernon website, and perform one in-service session for colleagues in their home district or state.

2014 Dates

June 8-13: Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia
June 22-27: Nevada, Oregon, Ohio, California
July 13-18: Maryland, Florida, North Carolina
July 27-Aug 1: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York


Instructions: Download the appropriate application, type in information, save as PDF and email or mail response per your application instructions.

Download 2014 General Application

Download 2014 Application - MA
Download 2014 Application - NV
Download 2014 Application - OH
Download 2014 Application - OK
Download 2014 Application - OR

Applications will be accepted from certified public and non-public school teachers, teaching in grades 3 -12. Please review all materials before completing the application. Candidates from Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma and Oregon should complete state specific applications. Please follow the instructions on your state application for due date and where to send your application. All other states should complete the General Application, completed applications should be sent to Danielle Schallom, with “Teachers’ Institute Application” in the subject line.

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