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George Washington Teacher’s Institute


I was a participant in the 2008 George Washington Teacher's Institute and it was an absolutely amazing professional development experience!

I was a participant in the 2008 George Washington Teacher's Institute and it was an absolutely amazing professional development experience!

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  • 1. George Washington Teacher’s Institute 2008
  • 2. George Washington Teacher’s Institute A week-long professional development program of the highest quality!
  • 3. What is it?
    • Established in 1999, the George Washington Teachers' Institute is a highly competitive program which brings teachers to Mount Vernon, Virginia for an intensive week of study at Washington's home.  Participating teachers immerse themselves in the study and discussion of this critical period of American history and the remarkable role George Washington played in the founding of our nation.
  • 4. Objectives of the program
    • Explore the character and accomplishments of George Washington while living on his 18th century estate
    • Engage in an active exploration of 18th century history with top historians
    • Participate in interactive workshops, tours, fieldtrips, and group projects
    • Discuss how to integrate the teaching of history into English, Science, Math, and Geography curricula
    • Return to your classroom and share new knowledge, teaching materials, and enthusiasm with your students
  • 5. Additional information
    • All teachers accepted into the Institute will receive a travel stipend of up to $350 and reside on the grounds of Washington's home.  Participants are required to complete one lesson plan for dissemination to teachers across the nation on the Mount Vernon website.  Further information is available in the 2009 Teachers Institute brochure . 
    • June 22-26, 2009        Teachers, grades 5 –                                  
    • July 13-16, 2009          Teachers, grades 3 - 5 (workshop format) 
    • July 20-24, 2009          Teachers, grades 9 - 12 
    • August 3-7, 2009         Teachers, grades 8 – 12       
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  • 7. Piazza facing the river
  • 8. View from the piazza facing the river
  • 9. The group in the rear of the house before private tour
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  • 11. Enjoying live music of Washington’s time at supper with David Hildebrand
  • 12. Learning 18 th century surveying with role playing – Willie Balderson was intense!
  • 13. Relaxing at the piazza reception after a day of classes
  • 14. A conversation with recently married Martha Washington
  • 15. Gristmill tour
  • 16. Gristmill tour – a working water wheel gristmill!
  • 17. Gristmill tour – Washington’s distillery
  • 18. Picnic supper after the gristmill tour
  • 19. George and Martha Washington’s tomb
  • 20. Wreath-laying ceremony – very moving!
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  • 22. Potomac riverfront at Mount Vernon
  • 23. Sunrise walk on the grounds
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