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Missouri and Kentucky 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 for Missouri teachers through the generous support of the Paul M. Shatz and Deane Lee Shatz Charitable Foundation and for Kentucky teachers through the generous support of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.


Application Deadline

The Application Deadline For This Program Has Passed

A Weekend With George Washington is a four-day, immersive residential program for teachers from Missouri and Kentucky. Attendees will participate in an intensive study of George Washington and his world through a curriculum which will include discussions led by noted Washington scholar, Dr. Denver Brunsman, as well as hands-on workshops exploring Washington’s life and interests at Mount Vernon. Through study, discussion, tours, and projects 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.

Past Sessions Have Included:

• The Leadership of George Washington
• Teaching with Place
• George Washington’s Book Club
• Teaching Slavery in the Classroom
• Patron of Learning: The Intellectual George Washington

Application Process


  • Completed online application
  • Resume listing relevant education, teaching history, leadership roles held, previous professional development, student engagement, and examples of innovative teaching practices.
  • A personal essay (no more than 750 words) addressing the following questions:
    • Why do you want to attend the George Washington Teacher Institute?
    • How is the subject of George Washington relevant to your teaching?
    • How will you take what you've learned and make an impact in your learning communities (with students, colleagues, online, etc.)?
  • One Letter of Support addressing your skill, ability, and experience as a teacher and indicating support for the responsibilities outlined in the Participant Obligation Pledge. 

Participants Will Have the Opportunity To

  • Examine the character and accomplishments of George Washington while living on his 18th Century estate
  • Engage in active discussion of 18th Century history with top historians
  • Explore Mount Vernon through interactive workshops, tours, and group projects
  • Connect lessons to the C3 Framework and discuss how to strengthen teaching history in all aspects of curriculum
  • Return to your classroom with new knowledge, teaching materials and enthusiasm to share with your students and colleagues
All teachers accepted into the institute receive a travel stipend and reside on the grounds of Washington's home. Participants are required to perform a minimum of one in-service session for colleagues in their home district or state. 
2014 Missouri Teachers with Paul and Deane Shatz

2014 Missouri Teachers with Paul and Deane Shatz