Recognized for his extraordinary leadership as a soldier, politician, and farmer, it is often hard to relate to the journey George Washington took to gain a reputation that inspired others in his success. Join teachers from around the country to explore Washington's story in both his own words and in the opinions of his contemporaries to find new connections between Washington’s life and your students’ experiences. Explore the estate and learn to “read” the only autobiography Washington ever wrote: the landscape and buildings at Mount Vernon. Participants will also discover the ways George Washington’s leadership continues to inspire citizens today. 

Past Program Scholars and Speakers

Lead Scholar, Dr. Denver Brunsman, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the History Department at The George Washington University

Teacher Facilitator Michael Ellis, US History teacher at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, MD

Cosby Hunt, Senior Manager for Social Studies Education at Center for Inspired Teaching

Dr. Lydia Brandt, Associate Professor in the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina



"I have been to many institutes, and have never had a lead scholar as engaging as Denver. He was so knowledgeable yet so approachable and relatable; I really enjoyed every minute of his interactions with us. Likewise, Mike was very accessible, friendly, helpful, and humble, despite his obvious depth of knowledge and experience. I am incredibly grateful to have met and learned from both of them."

-2018 George Washington Teacher Institute Participant

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