Western States Teacher Fellowship Program
The Western States Teacher Fellowship Program is a one-three week onsite (and/or virtual hybrid), immersive professional development experience for current social studies educators from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington to create digital classroom materials that will enhance and expand the teaching of George Washington and his leadership during the revolutionary and founding eras for K-12 students students in the Pacific Northwest.
Three teacher fellows will be selected to collaborate with each other, the Mount Vernon K-12 team, and Washington Library staff, to design inclusive, inquiry based digital classroom resources to bring back to students in western states communities, and published online for the benefit of K-12 classrooms nationwide. Fellows will work together to determine dates and onsite/virtual availability between December 2022 and April 2023.
New digital classroom resources created will:
- Utilize Mount Vernon's digital classroom tools and resources to further strengthen and engage students, particularly those whose cultural context is removed from the national narrative of the 18th century and the Atlantic world, George Washington's biography and the value of learning about his legacies.
- Guide students through inquiry and analysis of Mount Vernon's digital museum, library and archaeological primary source collections to support their thinking
- Differentiate for students of varying grade levels, abilities, and learning styles
- Align with best practices in social studies education -
- developing questions and planning inquiries
- applying disciplinary (civics, economics, geography, history) tools and concepts
- evaluating sources and using evidence
- communicating conclusions and taking action