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For questions about the Teacher Institute, contact:

Teacher Professional Development
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
P. O. Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776

Email: teacherdevelopment@cwf.org
Phone: (757) 565-8417
Fax: (757) 565-8222

During immersive, week-long sessions and three-day themed seminars on location in Williamsburg, 25 participants and a Master Teacher engage in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching social studies with American history as the focus. Teachers have the opportunity to exchange ideas with historians, meet character interpreters and become part of the story in Historic Area. Throughout each day, teachers work collaboratively with Colonial Williamsburg staff and Master Teachers to examine interactive teaching techniques and develop instructional materials that bring history to life in the classroom.

Tuition for week-long Institute sessions: $2,200
Includes: A double-occupancy room [Teachers who would like their own room pay an additional fee.], most meals, admission to all Historic Area sites and program activities, and special access to materials in the Teacher Institute portion of our Education Resource Library. (Does not include airfare.)

Tuition for three-day themed seminars: $1,250
Includes: A double-occupancy room [Teachers who would like their own room pay an additional fee.], most meals, admission to all Historic Area sites and program activities, and special access to materials in the Teacher Institute portion of our Education Resource Library. (Does not include airfare.)

  • A $750 tuition option is available for the three-day themed seminars that does not include a hotel room, breakfasts, or airfare. This option is for local teachers who wish to commute from home or select their own hotel accommodations.

Educational materials: Comprehensive lesson plans, facsimiles of primary sources, and digital media are available online, on demand through the Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library. All have been selected to complement the Teacher Institute experience and help educators bring history to life in their classrooms.

Teachers who wish to pay their own tuition, or whose school districts wish to pay for them, may register for the 2019 program by contacting Valerie Perkins at vperkins@cwf.org.

SCHOLARSHIPS:
The scholarship application for the 2019 Teacher Institute will be available in the fall for individuals as well as for matching grants (a scholarship provides the tuition and transportation for one teacher, if the school/district will fund another teacher from the same school or district. Both teachers must apply separately and list each other on their applications.). If you would like to be notified when the application opens, please fill out the interest form:

2019 Scholarship Interest Form

WEEK-LONG TEACHER INSTITUTE

Elementary school sessions

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Elementary school sessions focus on the daily life of colonial Virginians and the transition from subject to citizen that occurs during the revolutionary period. Teachers will be immersed in hands-on activities that highlight the stories of the people who lived and worked in eighteenth-century Williamsburg.

  • 2018 session dates to be announced
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Middle school sessions

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Middle school sessions examine how the concept of American identity began in the colonial period and continues to evolve and transform with each generation. Through inquiry-based analysis of primary sources, teachers explore how that identity influenced American citizens to shape and change the Republic through the 1860s.

  • 2019 session dates to be announced
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Institute in American History and Content Literacy

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The Institute in American History and Content Literacy is designed for American history teachers in New York (enrollment preference is given to teachers from New York City and Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island) who have experience leading reading and writing workshops and want to do pioneer work in developing literacy-rich history curriculum. Participants will study early American history “on location” in Williamsburg, the restored capital city of 18th-century Virginia, while also thinking together about the intersection of best literacy practices and state of the art history instruction.

  • 2019 session date to be announced
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THREE-DAY THEMED SEMINARS

Straight from the Sources: Women during the American Revolution
(Grades 3–8)

Explore the lives, roles, and perspectives of eighteenth-century women. Participants will pursue a deeper understanding of women’s contributions and constraints during the time of the American Revolution.

  • 2019 seminar dates to be announced
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Apprenticeships: STEM and Colonial Daily Life
(Grades 3–8)

Explore the interdisciplinary links between colonial history and STEM in trades, specifically applied sciences and engineering. Through a hands-on, Project Based Learning (PBL) approach, participants engage with trade experts, investigate applied science principles such as the use of simple machines, chemical reactions, engineering, and combine these experiences into dynamic classroom lesson plans that incorporate primary sources and PBL.

  • 2019 seminar dates to be announced
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NEW African Americans in 18th-Century Virginia
(Grades 3–8)

Approximately half of the residents of 18th-century Williamsburg were African Americans, yet their lives—and voices—often do not comprise half of the story. Explore primary sources, meet free and enslaved African Americans, and learn more about the lives and contributions of the other half of the Williamsburg community.

  • 2019 seminar dates to be announced
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Teacher Professional Development is supported in part by
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