Professional Development Opportunities

Our teacher professional development programs provide educators the opportunity to discover the rich and inclusive history of George Washington and Mount Vernon.

These programs engage educators in professional learning and are designed to increase student engagement in the classroom and support learning outcomes. 

Summer Residential Programs

Summer Residential Programs

The George Washington Teacher Institute Residential Programs are highly competitive four to five day educational experiences which bring teachers to Mount Vernon for an intensive course of study.

Participants immerse themselves in the exploration and discussion of lessons learned from the remarkable roles George Washington played as friend, husband, stepfather, farmer, slaveowner, general, founder and president. 

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Teacher Fellowship Program

Teacher Fellowship Program

These short-term fellowships are intended to educate America’s students in the history of our founding era – and particularly in the remarkable traits and accomplishments of George Washington – as an investment in the future of our nation.

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Western States Teacher Fellowship Program

Western States Teacher Fellowship Program

Educators from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington are invited to apply (through November 1, 2022) to create K-12 classroom resources to support students who are geographically removed from the events of George Washington’s life and the events of the revolutionary and founding eras.

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Educational Events

Educational Events

Each year the Education Staff at Mount Vernon host digital and onsite programs for teachers. These programs are designed to take the best parts of our residential programs (access to scholarship, sources, and best practices) and bring them to teachers locally and around the country. 

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History Teacher of the Year Award

History Teacher of the Year Award

The Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year Award is presented annually to a Washington, D.C. Metro area History or Social Studies teacher who brings creativity and passion to his or her classroom; instills a love of learning in students; and deepens student understanding and appreciation of history. 

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