Apply to attend a free 5-day Digital Institute to learn more about George Washington and the 18th-century world he lived in.

Choose from one of six thematic programs hosted between June 14-August 6, 2021.


Acceptance Notification

April 12, 2021

Applications Closed

March 11, 2021 - 11:59pm, ET

Online Professional Development for Teachers

The George Washington Teacher Institute's 5-day digital, professional development programs are designed to support K12 educators who teach about the life, leadership, and legacies of George Washington and the 18th-century world in which he lived.

Our format, with a different thematic focus for each week, allows educators the flexibility to choose the 18th-century subjects that are most relevant to their classroom and state standards.

Virtual Field Trips & Networking

Each session will bring American History to life through conversations with experts, virtual field trips to the Mount Vernon Estate, and peer-to-peer networking with like-minded educators.

A diversity of voices will contribute to your understanding of the 18th century and highlight ways to connect George Washington and his world to your students today.

$750 Stipends to Participants

Stipends in the amount of $750 to honor the time and commitment of participants will be provided to all teachers accepted to the George Washington Teacher Institute for programs during Summer 2021.

2021 Dates and Themes

June 14-18 Leadership and Legacy: Lessons from George Washington
June 21-25 Martha Washington and the Women of the 18th Century 
July 5-9 George Washington at War: From Soldier to Commander in Chief
July 12-16 First in Business: George Washington, Mount Vernon, and the New Nation
July 26-30 Slavery in George Washington's World 
August 2-6 The Great Experiment: George Washington and the Founding of the U.S. Government  

Programs run Monday-Friday, 12:00 - 5:00 pm, ET

Each day will include:

  • One hour break (approximately 2:00-3:00 pm, ET

  • One hour of asynchronous work to be completed by the following day

Applicants may only attend one Digital Institute 5-day session offered in Summer 2021.

Sample Daily Schedule

Programming runs from 12:00-5:00pm ET daily and includes breaks. 

This sample schedule represents a typical day of digital programming. Individual daily schedules may differ slightly.

Time Session
12:00-12:15pm ET Connect and Reflect with staff, experts, and peers
12:15-1:15pm ET Visiting Scholar Lecture
1:15-1:45pm ET Discussion with Mount Vernon Character Interpreter
1:45-2:30pm ET Break and Optional Informal Discussion
2:30-4:00pm ET Virtual Field Trip and Group Discussion 
4:00-5:00pm ET Methodology & Application Session 

Visiting Scholar Sessions May Include:

  • Teaching Hard History in the Founding Era
  • Inventing the Presidency
  • Revolution and its Consequences for Native Americans 
  • Washington's Female Cabinet
  • Monuments and Memory
  • Washington's Political Legacy Through Images

Who Can Apply?

The George Washington Teacher Institute cares deeply about equity, inclusivity, and diversity.

Our Institute is committed to cultivating a unique learning environment where all individuals may succeed professionally and personally.

We seek and welcome applications from educators of varying backgrounds and experiences to explore the history and ideals that make us all different and inspire diverse interpretations of George Washington and the world he lived in.

Applications are open to:

  • Anyone who is currently educating American students in a formal, K-12 school environment.
  • Applicants must anticipate teaching in a formal, K-12 school environment during the 2021-2022 school year.

Priority will be given to educators working directly with students from any subject area (teachers, media specialists, librarians). However, a limited number of spaces will be reserved for administrators and supervisors.


Alumni from past GWTI Residential Programs are eligible to apply; however, there are a limited number of spaces available.

Why Should I Apply?

  • Learn from experts in history and education about teaching George Washington and the 18th-century world he lived in.
  • Experience how place (even digitally) can provide new insight into the 18th century.
  • Tackle topics that matter the most to you, from government to slavery to leadership.
  • Select from six different themes that fit your classroom curriculum and schedule.
  • Connect with Institute alumni and other teacher participants from across the country.
  • Collaborate with other dynamic educators to find new ways to bring these lessons to life in your classroom.

What are the Participant Agreements?

  • Attend ALL Institute sessions (total of 20 hours). 
  • Complete ALL asynchronous tasks assigned at the Institute (approximately 5 hours).
  • Actively participate and collaborate with participants and staff during Institute sessions
  • Agree to allow the George Washington Teacher Institue to share your contact information with fellow participants in order to support collaboration before, during, and after the Institute.
  • Conduct a minimum of one teacher professional development presentation that reaches teachers beyond your team/school and provide a report to the Institute (additional details about this requirement are provided at the Institute).

In order to receive the $750 participant stipend, participants must attend all sessions, complete all asynchronous tasks, and actively participate in the Institute.

What is the Application Process?

Online Application 

The application should take approximately one hour to complete and requires applicants to upload a resume and provide short answer responses about their teaching philosophies. Two letters of recommendation are also required for completion. 

Applicants can start the application, save, and return to their application before the submission deadline.

As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to select the week(s) they are interested in attending and to identify their top preference of week to attend. Applicants will only be accepted to attend 1 session. 


List relevant education and teaching history. Special attention will be given to leadership roles held, recent professional development, student engagement techniques, and examples of innovative and adaptive teaching strategies.

Short Answer Questions 

Explain your reasons for applying by responding to questions related to how your attendance will impact students, what teaching historical thinking looks like in your classroom, what collaborative contributions you can add as a participant, and your potential as an engaged alumnus of the George Washington Teachers Institute.

Letters of Recommendation 

Two letters of recommendation addressing your skill, ability, and experience as a teacher and indicating support for your participation in the Institute are required.

  • One letter must be from a person in a school or district leadership role where you are currently employed.
  • The additional letter should be from an education colleague. You will be asked to submit the names of your two recommenders, who will then be asked to submit their letters through the application system.


Alumni of previous George Washington Teacher Institute Residential Programs will be asked to explain how they have integrated experiences and knowledge from the residential program they attended into their current practice. 

Do You Offer Credits?

The George Washington Teacher Institute does not currently offer CEUs, PDPs, or Graduate Credit.

Participants can request a letter of attendance that will outline the number of hours spent in lectures, participating in discussions, and completing asynchronous work for the week attended.

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