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Virginia Residential Weekend

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.

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.

All sessions will be held in the newly opened state of the art, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.  Sessions include:
•    The Evolution of Leadership
•    George Washington: Architect, Farmer, Entrepreneur
•    George Washington: Commander-in-Chief
•    Leading a Nation: The Constitution and Presidency
•    Slavery at Mount Vernon
•    Teaching History Through Art

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

Please complete the application. Completed applications should be emailed to with "VA Teachers' Institute Application" in the subject line by October 7, 2013.