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A page to facilitate communication between and amongst Mount Vernon Education Department staff and the teacher community it serves.

Mission: Widen and deepen the public appreciation and knowledge of George Washington, his legacy, and the world in which he lived.

Our friends at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens are hosting a Centennial Summit to shape the fu...
12/06/2019
Professional Development

Our friends at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens are hosting a Centennial Summit to shape the future of K-12 Education at their institution.

They are looking for 70 teachers and administrators to join them March 6-7, 2020. Additional details and applications can be found on their website.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Mount Vernon K12 & Youth Programs staff! Thanksgiving Pro Tip: You can decorate your extra s...
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving from the Mount Vernon K12 & Youth Programs staff!

Thanksgiving Pro Tip: You can decorate your extra squash to look like George Washington!

📷 courtesy of 2009 GWTI Alumna Sherri from Oregon

Are you at #NCSS19? Stop by Booth 340 to say hello to our staff, learn more about teacher PD at Mount Vernon, and grab s...
11/22/2019

Are you at #NCSS19? Stop by Booth 340 to say hello to our staff, learn more about teacher PD at Mount Vernon, and grab some swag!

11/18/2019

🚨 BREAKING NEWS 🚨

We're hosting an Alumni Reunion at NCSS! Head to Stubb's Austin from 5pm-6:30pm on November 23 and join the Education Staff from residential programs at Mount Vernon, Monticello, White House Historical Association, Colonial Williamsburg, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Ford's Theatre, National Constitution Center, Madison Fellowship and more for apps and drinks.

❄️❄️We know many of our followers are experiencing the arctic blast right now, but it's time to start thinking about sum...
11/13/2019
Summer Residential Programs

❄️❄️We know many of our followers are experiencing the arctic blast right now, but it's time to start thinking about summer! ☀️☀️

Applications for the George Washington Teacher Institute Summer Residential Programs are LIVE! The deadline for applications is January 13, 2020.

Summer 2018 Residential Programs

That’s a wrap! Yesterday we said goodbye to the 20 amazing teachers who attended our Fall Residential Program and conclu...
11/12/2019

That’s a wrap! Yesterday we said goodbye to the 20 amazing teachers who attended our Fall Residential Program and concluded our 2019 residential programs.

Thank you to all our newly minted 2019 alumni for a successful year! We can’t wait to welcome next year’s batch of teachers. Speaking of which - Summer Residential applications officially open Wednesday, November 13!

Registration is open for our annual Educators' Evening program! If you teach in DC, VA, or MD you won't want to miss thi...
11/08/2019
Educators' Evening

Registration is open for our annual Educators' Evening program! If you teach in DC, VA, or MD you won't want to miss this year's program on December 4.

We'll be exploring how music in American became "American Music" with GWTI favorite Dr. David Hildebrand.

Tickets are going fast so be sure to reserve your spot today.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington present a special evening program to thank current K-12 teachers from area schools in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland. Stay tuned for an announcement of 2018 program date and...

We're joining Black Women United For Action to petition the United States Postal Service to create a stamp featuring Mou...
11/01/2019
Sign the Petition

We're joining Black Women United For Action to petition the United States Postal Service to create a stamp featuring Mount Vernon's Slave Memorial honoring the contributions of the millions of Americans who lived in slavery.

Click the link below to sign the online petition and learn more about the petition.

Mount Vernon Slave Memorial Commemorative Stamp Petition

10/30/2019

Is your Halloween costume inspired by George Washington? Share a pic in the comments and we'll send a prize to our favorite!

Are your students still looking for unique topics for their National History Day projects? Direct them to our NHD 2020 p...
10/29/2019
National History Day 2020

Are your students still looking for unique topics for their National History Day projects? Direct them to our NHD 2020 page and we'll help them get started with primary sources related to how George Washington, Martha Washington, the enslaved community at Mount Vernon, and the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association all broke barriers during their time.

Mount Vernon offers Special Awards at many state competitions and at the National competition for projects related to George Washington's leadership. Be sure to see if your state competition has an award.

Once again, Mount Vernon is excited to support student learning and National History Day! For the 2019-2020 school year, National History Day has unveiled a new theme: Breaking Barriers in History. From George Washington to the enslaved community to Ann Pamela Cunningham, the history of Mount Vernon...

⏰ The application deadline for our Spring Residential Program “Slavery in George Washington’s World” is fast approaching...
10/27/2019
Spring Residential Programs

⏰ The application deadline for our Spring Residential Program “Slavery in George Washington’s World” is fast approaching!

Be sure to submit your materials to our online application, and hit submit, before 11:59pm EDT on November 1.

Residential professional development programs for teachers schedule

New England educators, we're coming to Massachusetts this November to talk civics! The following workshops are open to K...
10/25/2019

New England educators, we're coming to Massachusetts this November to talk civics! The following workshops are open to K-12 educators; however, special attention will be paid to the new Massachusetts History and Social Studies standard for 8th grade. Space is limited.

On November 12, join Manager of Education Communication and Outreach Zerah and The Paul Revere House for a workshop on examining George Washington and Paul Revere as citizens of the new Nation. Additional Details and registration: http://bit.ly/GWTIBostonRegional2019

On November 15 you'll find Zerah at the American Antiquarian Society co-hosting a workshop exploring citizenship in the new republic through the lens of George Washington's New England Tour of 1789. Additional details and registration: http://bit.ly/GWTIWorcesterRegional2019

We'll be rooting for our home team, the Washington Nationals, during this year's #WorldSeries!
10/22/2019

We'll be rooting for our home team, the Washington Nationals, during this year's #WorldSeries!

Best of luck to the Washington Nationals in the #WorldSeries, from the original “Curly W’ guy who inspired us all to #STAYINTHEFIGHT ⚾️

Don't miss out on your chance to hang out with Mount Vernon for Teachers in Mississippi this fall! On November 1, Manage...
10/18/2019
Regional Workshop: Cleveland, Mississippi 2019

Don't miss out on your chance to hang out with Mount Vernon for Teachers in Mississippi this fall!

On November 1, Manager of Teacher Programs Alissa will be at the 34th Social Studies Teacher Workshop at the Mississippi Department of Archives & History and will be joining GWTI Alumna Christy for a GWTI Alumni Reunion in Jackson (you can RSVP through October 28 here http://bit.ly/GWTIAlumniReunionMS)

On November 4, we're co-hosting a teacher PD workshop with Delta Center for Culture and Learning on teaching difficult subjects (there are still seats available and you can register below).

K-12 Mississippi Educators are invited to register for a FREE workshop co-hosted by the Delta Center for Culture and Learning and the George Washington Teacher Institute.

Don't forget - applications for our Spring Residential Program "Slavery in George Washington's World" are due by Novembe...
10/15/2019
Spring Residential Programs

Don't forget - applications for our Spring Residential Program "Slavery in George Washington's World" are due by November 1!

Residential professional development programs for teachers schedule

We're still celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our George Washington Teacher Institute and 2017 Alumna Michele hosted a...
10/10/2019

We're still celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our George Washington Teacher Institute and 2017 Alumna Michele hosted a reunion of Florida teachers last weekend on our behalf!

We'll be hosting a few more reunions this fall - stay tuned for information on a Jackson, MS reunion on November 1 and a possible New Jersey Reunion in early December.

If you're heading to NCSS don't forget to let us know if you plan to attend our joint Residential Program mixer on Nov. 23 by filling out the form found here:
https://forms.gle/AxwNK5bx4WVxKTqg6

What questions do your students have about the powers of the Constitution? We created a brand new, student-centered webp...
10/08/2019
Building the Constitution

What questions do your students have about the powers of the Constitution?

We created a brand new, student-centered webpage where your students can learn about the founding document and the debates that allowed delegates at the Constitutional Convention to reach the compromises necessary to create a bold, new government.

By 1787, the union between the states was unraveling. To save the young nation, delegates from 12 states met in Philadelphia and, with George Washington presiding, created a new form of government.

We know fall has just begun but we're already thinking Spring 🌱🌸🌿🌺! We are accepting applications for our Spring Residen...
10/01/2019
Spring Residential Programs

We know fall has just begun but we're already thinking Spring 🌱🌸🌿🌺!

We are accepting applications for our Spring Residential Program "Slavery in George Washington's World" through November 1.

Don't miss your chance to get an in-depth and beind-the-scenes look at George Washington's Mount Vernon on March 26-29, 2020.

Residential professional development programs for teachers schedule

09/23/2019
George Washington's Mount Vernon

🚨 SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨

Join George Washington's Mount Vernon at 11am tomorrow for a LIVE demo of sandcasting at the mansion! Get up close and personal with the process Washington used to make his wooden home appear to be made out of stone.

If you can’t join us at 11am, the live video will be available in the video tab on the Mount Vernon page after the broadcast.

Join us for a special Facebook Live with our preservation team as they sand cast the Mansion tomorrow, September 24 at 11:00 am ET! Ask us your questions now, and learn more about the west front restoration project at www.mountvernon.org/westfront

DYK: September 21 is the International Day of Peace. Join our friends at United States Institute of Peace and celebrate ...
09/19/2019
Peace Day Challenge

DYK: September 21 is the International Day of Peace. Join our friends at United States Institute of Peace and celebrate by taking their #PeaceDayChallenge

The Peace Day Challenge exists to raise the profile of the International Day of Peace and to affirm peace as a real alternative to the violence we see every day in the news.

The Education Department was saddened to hear of the passing of Cokie Roberts this morning. She was one of our biggest s...
09/17/2019

The Education Department was saddened to hear of the passing of Cokie Roberts this morning. She was one of our biggest supporters and never said no to a request to speak to teachers.

We were truly honored to count her among our friends and are grateful for her many contributions to promote the education of early American History.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of award-winning journalist and author Cokie Roberts. Throughout the years, Roberts was a tireless supporter of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and historic Mount Vernon. As the author of “Founding Mothers,” Roberts stressed the importance and role of women in the founding era well before others followed her example.

Roberts was passionate about education. Despite her busy schedule, the award-winning journalist made dozens of trips to Mount Vernon to speak with hundreds of educators from across the country. The staff and board of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association will miss Cokie, and we are grateful for the many contributions that she made to promote the education of early American history. During Cokie’s time here at Mount Vernon, we were able to capture her thoughts about the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and the Washingtons, which you can watch here: http://bit.ly/2kQWw7n

Happy Constitution Day 📜Explore resources for teaching the Constitution including our video "A More Perfect Union", a Co...
09/17/2019
Teaching the Constitution

Happy Constitution Day 📜

Explore resources for teaching the Constitution including our video "A More Perfect Union", a Constitution timeline, online quizzes, and more!

From the mansion to lush gardens and grounds, intriguing museum galleries, immersive programs, and the distillery and gristmill. Spend the day with us!

Look who stopped by for a visit today! So excited we got to catch up with Lucy, a former member of our department, who w...
09/11/2019

Look who stopped by for a visit today! So excited we got to catch up with Lucy, a former member of our department, who was at the The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington to do some research for her PhD!

NHD 2020: Breaking Barriers in HistoryBack to school means it's time to start thinking about National History Day projec...
08/23/2019
National History Day 2020

NHD 2020: Breaking Barriers in History

Back to school means it's time to start thinking about National History Day projects for many teachers and students. Let us help you brainstorm Mount Vernon related topics for this year's brand new theme!

We have 7 project ideas with information to help get students started. As always, if your students are working on a project related to the Washingtons, Mount Vernon's enslaved community, Mount Vernon, or the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, we're happy to help! Just reach out.

Once again, Mount Vernon is excited to support student learning and National History Day! For the 2019-2020 school year, National History Day has unveiled a new theme: Breaking Barriers in History. From George Washington to the enslaved community to Ann Pamela Cunningham, the history of Mount Vernon...

Be Washington was recently named one of the "Best Social Studies Websites for Teachers" by Twine K-12 Software! We're ex...
08/21/2019

Be Washington was recently named one of the "Best Social Studies Websites for Teachers" by Twine K-12 Software!

We're excited that so many teachers have been using Be Washington in the classroom and can't wait to introduce it to even more teachers this year.

It's hard to believe our 20th Anniversary Alumni Reunion at Mount Vernon was over a month ago!We promised photos from th...
08/13/2019

It's hard to believe our 20th Anniversary Alumni Reunion at Mount Vernon was over a month ago!

We promised photos from the event and, though we're a little late, here they are!

Thank you to the 55 GWTI alumni who attended the reunion on-site at Mount Vernon and to the alumni who have attended state reunions in Virginia, Massachusetts, Georgia, and Texas. We're excited for our New York reunion next week and we have a few state reunions in the works for this fall too!

That’s a wrap! Our 6th and final week of George Washington Teacher Institute Summer Residential programs concluded today...
08/10/2019

That’s a wrap! Our 6th and final week of George Washington Teacher Institute Summer Residential programs concluded today. Thank you to all our participants, lead scholars, teacher facilitators, and Mount Vernon staff members who made our 20th Anniversary year amazing!

Here are a few of our favorite pictures from our government themed week.

We can’t believe it was only last week we welcomed 19 participants to our “Washington at War: From Soldier to Commander ...
08/06/2019

We can’t believe it was only last week we welcomed 19 participants to our “Washington at War: From Soldier to Commander in Chief” week. Take a look back at the fun we had last week, including a trip to the Society of the Cincinnati’s Anderson House.

Today we welcomed our final week of Summer Residential Program participants who are here for “The Great Experiment: George Washington and the Founding of the US Government”. You can follow along with their program on our @MVEducation Story on Instagram.

As we prepare to welcome our George Washington at War participants tomorrow we wanted to take a look back at all the fun...
07/29/2019

As we prepare to welcome our George Washington at War participants tomorrow we wanted to take a look back at all the fun we had during our Business Week that we hosted July 16-20

Last week we reached our halfway mark for Summer Residential Programs when we hosted our Martha Washington and the Women...
07/18/2019

Last week we reached our halfway mark for Summer Residential Programs when we hosted our Martha Washington and the Women of the 18th Century program with lead scholar Carol Berkin. Here are a few of our favorite photos of the week.

We'll post photos later this week of our First in Business Residential Program which is onsite now. If you want to follow along, check out our @MVEducation Instagram account. We've been having a blast posting Stories all summer long.

A few of our Massachusetts alumni got together earlier this week in Chelsea, MA for an in-state reunion to celebrate the...
07/11/2019

A few of our Massachusetts alumni got together earlier this week in Chelsea, MA for an in-state reunion to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the George Washington Teacher Institute! Thanks Ilana and Brittany for hosting and thanks to Karen, Michelle and Owen for attending.

GWTI Alumni - keep an eye out for invitations for reunions in your state and let us know if you’re interested in hosting a reunion before the end of the year!

We’re ready to welcome 60 GWTI Alumni and their guests to the Estate to celebrate 20 years of the George Washington Teac...
07/04/2019

We’re ready to welcome 60 GWTI Alumni and their guests to the Estate to celebrate 20 years of the George Washington Teacher Institute Residential Program over the next few days!

Alumni - if you weren’t able to join us in person you can tune in at 11am EDT on Saturday for our final Alumni session! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/GWTIReunionJuly6

It’s hard to believe it was only last week that our Slavery in George Washington’s World Residential program was onsite....
06/28/2019

It’s hard to believe it was only last week that our Slavery in George Washington’s World Residential program was onsite. We’re looking forward to our next 4 residential weeks while reflecting on the amazing community that was established last week.

We were so busy with our “Leadership and Legacy” Residential program last week that we forgot to post photos! Here are a...
06/19/2019

We were so busy with our “Leadership and Legacy” Residential program last week that we forgot to post photos!

Here are a few of our favorites before we start sharing photos of our “Slavery in George Washington’s World” program that started yesterday.

It’s that time of year again! We’re welcoming our first week of George Washington Teacher Institute participants tomorro...
06/10/2019

It’s that time of year again! We’re welcoming our first week of George Washington Teacher Institute participants tomorrow! #GWTeacher

Just a few more days until our GWTI Fall Residential applications close! Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT o...
06/01/2019
Fall Residential Programs

Just a few more days until our GWTI Fall Residential applications close!

Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, June 3.

2018 Fall Residential Programs at George Washington's Historic Mount Vernon

We love seeing our Teacher Fellows in the press! Read about 2019-2020 Life Guard Teacher Fellow Jennifer Burgin in this ...
05/24/2019
Arlington teacher chosen for Mount Vernon Life Guard Teacher Fellowship

We love seeing our Teacher Fellows in the press! Read about 2019-2020 Life Guard Teacher Fellow Jennifer Burgin in this recent article from Northern Virginia Magazine.

You can read about all our 2019-2020 Teacher Fellows and their projects here: http://bit.ly/TeacherFellows2019-2020

Fellowship recipient and Arlington-based teacher Jennifer Burgin will work to create a bilingual children’s book about George Washington through the program.

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