The Life Guard Teacher Fellowships will support the creation or design of curriculum materials, lesson plans, website information, electronic media, or other educational materials which augment classroom teaching about George Washington and the founding era; and in some cases, support pilot programs to measure or improve the effectiveness of these and/or other educational initiatives. Successful applications will demonstrate knowledge of curriculum relevance; integration of history with Common Core and other essential subjects; and will make use of Mount Vernon’s existing on‐line collections and resources. These funded research opportunities are available to exceptional classroom teachers (grades 3–12), curriculum specialists, media specialists, and to those engaged in university‐level teacher training.
Fellowships are for one to three weeks of consecutive or non-consecutive study between June 2014 and August 2015. Selected fellows will work with Mount Vernon staff to schedule dates. Reimbursement for one round trip to the Library and a stipend for each week of research at the Library are also included in the Fellowship.
The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington Life Guard Teacher Fellows will enjoy unparalleled access to the extensive resources of the new 45,000 square‐foot Library. Fellows also benefit from the support of specially trained Library staff members who can connect them with other invaluable resources for research. Located just outside the main entrance to the estate, the Library is designed to house and safeguard original Washington documents and other materials from the founding era, as well as contemporary research tools and resources.
By living and working on George Washington’s estate, fellows will also enjoy the opportunity to connect and collaborate with Mount Vernon’s onsite experts in early American history, preservation, archaeology and other relevant fields, as well as the scholars who frequently visit for lectures, research, educational programs, and other purposes.
As part of the award package, fellows will have the opportunity to reside in the DeVos House, a scholars’ residence located just 150 feet west of the Library entrance. The building has accommodations for eight scholars, a kitchen, and a living/dining area.
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