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George Washington Teacher Institute Summer Residential Program Applications Due!

January 31, 2017

The George Washington Teacher Institute Summer Residential Programs are 5-day immersive professional development experiences designed to support K-12 educators who teach about the life, leadership, and legacy of George Washington and the 18th-century world in which he lived.


2017 Dates and Themes

June 13 – 17, 2017 George Washington at War: From Soldier to Commander in Chief
June 20 – 24, 2017 Slavery in George Washington’s World
July 11 – 15, 2017 First in Business: Washington, Mount Vernon, and the New Nation
July 18 – 22, 2017 Leadership and Legacy: Lessons from George Washington
August 1 – 6, 2017 Martha Washington and the Women of the 18th Century
August 8 – 12, 2017 The Model Citizen: George Washington and the Founding of the U.S. Government


Application Process

Application details for our 2017 Summer Residential programs will be available in November 2016. Educators interested in attending the program must complete and submit the following:

  • Online Application The application should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and requires the applicant to upload a resume and essay. Two letters of recommendation are also required for completion. Applicants can start the application and return to it before submitting.
  • Resume 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.
  • Essay Explain your reasons for applying along with how George Washington and the 18th-century world is relevant to your teaching, your personal teaching philosophy, and how you will take what you’ve learned and make an impact on your learning communities. Essays should be no more than 500 words.
  • Letters of Support Two letters of support addressing your skill, ability, and experience as a teacher and indicating support for the responsibilities outlined in the Participant Obligation Pledge. 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. Applicants must provide names and email addresses for reference within the application. An automated email will be sent to each reference.
  • Alumni of previous George Washington Teacher Institute Residential Programs should include information in their resume and essay demonstrating how they have integrated experiences and knowledge from the first residential program into their current practice.


Participant Obligation Pledge
The primary goal of the George Washington Teacher Institute is to increase the understanding of George Washington, his legacy, and the context of the 18th-century world in which he lived. As an attendee, you will contribute to this goal by working directly with your students, as well as through in-service training and team meetings with your peers. All participants must agree to support this goal and complete the following requirements:

  • Fully and actively participate and contribute in ALL Institute activities, including staying on-site for the duration of the program
  • Conduct a minimum of one district level or state level in-service presentation or equivalent that reaches teachers beyond those that you work with on a daily basis
  • Submit a report on the in-service presentation within the required time frame


George Washington’s Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121 United States
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George Washington’s Mount Vernon
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