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Mount Vernon for Teachers George Washington's Mount Vernon Education Department

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.

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.

Don't forget! Applications for the George Washington Teacher Institute Fall Residential close on June 3. Join lead schol...
05/22/2019
Fall Residential Programs

Don't forget! Applications for the George Washington Teacher Institute Fall Residential close on June 3.

Join lead scholar Sarah Purcell (Grinnell College) for George Washington at War: From Soldier to Commander in Chief November 7-10, 2019.

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

Author Brad Meltzer will be at Mount Vernon on June 26 for 2 FREE programs! RSVP as space is limited for both programs. ...
05/21/2019

Author Brad Meltzer will be at Mount Vernon on June 26 for 2 FREE programs! RSVP as space is limited for both programs.

5:00pm-5:50pm: Young Readers Book Talk and Q&A (with a book signing from 6:00pm-6:30pm). RSVP (for free) here bit.ly/YoungReadersBradMeltzer

7:00pm-8:00pm: Ford Evening Book Talk on his new book "The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington" Register (for free) here: bit.ly/FEBTMeltzer

We had another GWTI alumni (and Teacher Facilitator) on the Estate today! Keith’s students all wrote eulogies for the ...
05/17/2019

We had another GWTI alumni (and Teacher Facilitator) on the Estate today! Keith’s students all wrote eulogies for the enslaved at Mount Vernon and while here they each took a moment to read their work and reflect on the lives of the enslaved at the Slave Cemetery.

What an inspiring project! A group of young women in Massachusetts located the unmarked grave of a local woman who was e...
05/16/2019
Gravestone dedicated to woman who lived in bondage and freedom in Andover

What an inspiring project! A group of young women in Massachusetts located the unmarked grave of a local woman who was enslaved in their community in the 18th and lived as a freewoman in the 19th century as part of an elective course offered by their school. Bravo!

Seven students at The Academy at Penguin Hall in Wenham spent a year researching the life of Lucy Foster, a former slave who died in Andover in 1845.

What is it like to be a Teacher Fellow at Mount Vernon? 2018-2019 Fellow Kim Greer talks about her research in our newes...
05/15/2019
A Teacher’s Perspective: Martha Washington

What is it like to be a Teacher Fellow at Mount Vernon? 2018-2019 Fellow Kim Greer talks about her research in our newest blog post.

Also - a huge CONGRATULATIONS to our newly names 2019-2020 class of Teacher Fellows! Learn more about them here bit.ly/TeacherFellows2019-2020

by Kim Greer My experiences with Mount Vernon as a teaching resource began in 2005 when I first led a group of middle school students on an educational trip to Washington D.C. We visited Washington’s home and were fascinated by life there. I continue to visit Mount Vernon every other year with stu...

Spring at George Washington's Mount Vernon means lots of GWTI alumni back on the Estate with students and family! If you...
05/09/2019

Spring at George Washington's Mount Vernon means lots of GWTI alumni back on the Estate with students and family!

If you’re coming for a visit, let us know so Zerah (and the rest of our staff) can come say hello and take a selfie with you 📷

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all our followers from the George Washington's Mount Vernon Education Department Staf...
05/06/2019

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all our followers from the George Washington's Mount Vernon Education Department Staff and Interns!

Thank you for everything you do to keep history alive in classrooms around the country.

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #GWTeacher #ThankATeacher

FYI: We thought we'd pass along this announcement that came our way this week. The deadline has been extended to April 3...
04/26/2019
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FYI: We thought we'd pass along this announcement that came our way this week. The deadline has been extended to April 30.

The ASCD & Center for Inspired Teaching Student Voice Summit, Powered by Teach to Lead, will be the first student leadership focused summit, taking the model that has proven to positively impact teacher leadership and applying it to student-led ideas. The Student Voice Summit will support student leaders across the country to work with teams as they advance groundbreaking, student-led ideas that create solutions for challenges that they identify. Student leaders will leave the Summit empowered and energized to make a real change in their schools, communities, and the world.

Teams of students (ages 14-18) and educators are able to collaboratively submit ideas through the extended deadline of 11:59 PM ET April 30th, 2019.

Have you ever wondered what Nelly's Harpsichord sounded like? Now you can hear it with our new interactive harpsichord o...
04/18/2019
Play the Harpsichord

Have you ever wondered what Nelly's Harpsichord sounded like? Now you can hear it with our new interactive harpsichord online!

A huge thanks to author Carla Killough McClafferty who presented a non-fiction writing workshop for local teachers last ...
04/12/2019

A huge thanks to author Carla Killough McClafferty who presented a non-fiction writing workshop for local teachers last night before her Ford Evening Book Talk at George Washington's Mount Vernon.

Do you participate in Distance Learning programs with your students? Help us learn more about what teachers like you are...
04/02/2019

Do you participate in Distance Learning programs with your students? Help us learn more about what teachers like you are looking by filling out our survey.

Let us know your thoughts on Distance Learning programs: http://bit.ly/MVDistanceLearningSurvey

Please pass the link on to any colleagues you know who might be willing to help us out too!

Some food for thought heading into the weekend. Are your interdisciplinary, hands-on, or tech integrated lessons really ...
03/29/2019
Is Your Lesson a Grecian Urn?

Some food for thought heading into the weekend. Are your interdisciplinary, hands-on, or tech integrated lessons really helping students increase their higher-level thinking skills?

Far too many students are doing projects that look creative but offer almost no opportunity for real learning. Time for the Grecian Urns to go.

We can't believe it's already been 3 days since our Spring Residential Program ended! Here are a few of the highlights o...
03/27/2019

We can't believe it's already been 3 days since our Spring Residential Program ended! Here are a few of the highlights of our 4-day program "The Great Experiment: George Washington and the Founding of the US Government"

03/21/2019

It’s here! It’s here! Our Spring Residential program started today. Follow us on Instagram (@MVEducation) for more photos and behind-the-scenes moments of our first residential program of 2019. #GWTeacher

Do you host a colonial day program at your school? Check out our newest online resource for ways to increase your use of...
03/20/2019
Colonial Days in the Classroom

Do you host a colonial day program at your school?

Check out our newest online resource for ways to increase your use of primary sources, diverse perspectives, and realism in your program. Our webpage highlights 3 critical themes for teaching about the 18th century: Food, Clothing, and Communication.

We shared a video in last month's education email about this Martha Washington quilt! Head to the George Washington's Mo...
03/18/2019

We shared a video in last month's education email about this Martha Washington quilt! Head to the George Washington's Mount Vernon page tomorrow at 11am for a Facebook Live with expert quilter Cecilia Marzulli who is working on a replica of the quilt.

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An original quilt top made by Martha Washington, and below it ⬇️ the center medallion of the replica quilt top currently being made by expert quilter Cecilia Marzulli! Join her for a Facebook Live quilting demonstration tomorrow, Tuesday, March 19 at 11:00 am ET, and come see the demonstration in person this weekend at Mount Vernon: http://bit.ly/2ua2rFW #MuseumMonday

If you're planning on visiting Mount Vernon on Saturday, April 6 be sure to snag a free ticket for the family-friendly b...
03/17/2019
Carla Killough McClafferty Book Talk

If you're planning on visiting Mount Vernon on Saturday, April 6 be sure to snag a free ticket for the family-friendly book talk featuring author Carla Killough McClafferty who will be speaking about her new book "Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington's Mount Vernon"

Members of our Historic Preservation at Mount Vernon team will also be on hand to discuss the archaeological dig underway at the Slave Cemetery and participants will be able to attend a ceremony at the Slave Cemetery with Mount Vernon staff.

Carla Killough McClafferty, author of Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington's Mount Vernon, presents a family-friendly book talk at Mount Vernon. Register

Our friends at Colonial Williamsburg Education messaged us to let us know they just received additional scholarship mone...
03/15/2019
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation - 2019 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Scholarship Application

Our friends at Colonial Williamsburg Education messaged us to let us know they just received additional scholarship money for teachers from New Jersey and New York City for their Teacher Institute this summer!

The application link is below and you can find out more details here: http://bit.ly/2JiN8F8

The national application process is closed. We are currently accepting applications from targeted areas.  Please contact Teacher Development at [email protected] for specifics.   What is the Teacher Institute? During week-long sessions or three-day themed seminars, Colonial Williamsburg ...

We can't wait for our own Mary V. Thompson's new book "The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret: George Washington, Slaver...
03/13/2019
Mary V. Thompson: Researcher, Historian, Writer

We can't wait for our own Mary V. Thompson's new book "The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret: George Washington, Slavery, and the Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon" to come out in June.

Many of our GWTI Alumni have had the privilege of listening to Mary lecture or having a quiet conversation with her at lunch during our Residential Programs.

You can read an interview with Mary by clicking the link below. Check out amzn.to/MVTPreOrder to pre-order the Kindle e-book on Amazon or at.virginia.edu/PreORder to pre-order the book.

by ©2019 Sarah Becker Mary V. Thompson Researcher, Historian, Writer Mount Vernon Research Historian Mary V. Thompson awaits the release of her second book, The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret: …

The Library of Congress is looking for a Teacher in Residence for the 2019-2020 school year!
03/11/2019
Library of Congress Opens Applications for Teacher-in-Residence

The Library of Congress is looking for a Teacher in Residence for the 2019-2020 school year!

The Library of Congress is seeking applications from current civics teachers for a Teacher-in-Residence position within its Learning and Innovation Office during the 2019-20 school year.The program description and application details for the position can be found at loc.gov/teachers/newsevents/teach...

Our friends at TeachingAmericanHistory.org are offering 2 fantastic workshops this July that encourage a cross-curricula...
03/04/2019
Summer History & Literature Seminars | Teaching American History

Our friends at TeachingAmericanHistory.org are offering 2 fantastic workshops this July that encourage a cross-curricular study of key themes in American History through the examination of historical documents and literary texts.

Details, including dates and cost, can be found at the link below.

TAH.org is pleased to announce the return for 2019 of our summer program for teachers of American history and American literature. Our History & Literature seminars aim to encourage the cross-curricular study of key themes in American history by examining both historical documents and literary texts...

Primary Source Highlight: George Washington to Burwell Bassett, August 11, 1799In this letter from the The Fred W. Smith...
03/02/2019
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Primary Source Highlight: George Washington to Burwell Bassett, August 11, 1799

In this letter from the The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington collection, Washington asks Bassett, who is on his way to Portsmouth, NH, to look for and return an enslaved woman who ran away, The woman is most likely Ona (Oney) Judge.

Learn more about Ona in our Digital Encyclopedia: http://bit.ly/OnaJudgeDE

We have a brand new lesson plan up on the website! 2017-2018 Life Guard Teacher Fellow Donella's lesson plan uses the Fr...
02/28/2019
Who Are We?

We have a brand new lesson plan up on the website!

2017-2018 Life Guard Teacher Fellow Donella's lesson plan uses the French's Slave Census from 1799 to help lower and upper elementary students conduct research on enslaved individuals at George Washington's Mount Vernon in order to write an introduction about one of the enslaved people.

A lesson plan to help students gain an understanding of the lives of the enslaved people on Mount Vernon.  The students will use a primary source document, entitled the French’s Slave Census 1799, to research an enslaved individual in order to answer questions and write an introduction about the ...

Yesterday we hosted a regional workshop for teachers in DC, VA, and MD focused on finding STEM connections in the histor...
02/27/2019

Yesterday we hosted a regional workshop for teachers in DC, VA, and MD focused on finding STEM connections in the history curriculum.

A huge shout out and thanks to Battelle for their generous support of the program.

Mark your calendars for March 12 at 3:00pm! Zerah Jakub, our Manager of Education Communication and Outreach, will be pr...
02/26/2019

Mark your calendars for March 12 at 3:00pm! Zerah Jakub, our Manager of Education Communication and Outreach, will be presenting a webinar all about using Be Washington in the classroom during the AFT Share My Lesson.7th Annual Virtual Conference.

Register for this webinar (and 36 others) at http://bit.ly/BeWashingtonWebinar

#GWTeacher #EduPD

NEW on the Mount Vernon blog! Our staff talks about the impact of the George Washington Teacher Institue and how we work...
02/15/2019
Bringing George Washington into the Classroom

NEW on the Mount Vernon blog! Our staff talks about the impact of the George Washington Teacher Institue and how we work to get George Washington into classrooms around the country.

by Zerah Jakub, Manager of Education Communication and Outreach One of the focuses of the Mount Vernon Education Department is finding ways to bring George Washington into classrooms around the country. We do this by providing teachers with professional development training opportunities, with class...

Check out this Valentine's Day project by students at Navy Elementary in Fairfax County, Virginia! 💘Students read Geo...
02/14/2019

Check out this Valentine's Day project by students at Navy Elementary in Fairfax County, Virginia! 💘

Students read George Washington's June 18, 1775 letter to Martha Washington and were asked to write a response from Martha.

Visiting Mount Vernon on April 6? Don't miss Carla Killough McClafferty's book talk on her new book "Buried LIves: The E...
02/13/2019
Carla Killough McClafferty Book Talk

Visiting Mount Vernon on April 6? Don't miss Carla Killough McClafferty's book talk on her new book "Buried LIves: The Enslaved People of George Washington's Mount Vernon"

"Buried Lives" highlights the lives of 6 individuals enslaved at Mount Vernon, including William "Billy" Lee, Christopher Sheels, Caroline Branham, and Ona Judge.

Carla will be talking about her new book at 1:00pm in the Smith Auditorium and there will be a book signing after. Recommended for ages 10+ and teachers of any grade (students must be accompanied by an adult). The program is free but requires participants to register ahead of time.

There will also be a free Ford Evening Book Talk with Carla on April 11 at 7:00pm. Registration for this program can be found at http://bit.ly/McClaffertyBookTalk

Carla Killough McClafferty, author of Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington's Mount Vernon, presents a family-friendly book talk at Mount Vernon. Register

Bring a little history into your Valentine's Day classroom celebrations this year 💘💕💖💝
02/07/2019
The Washingtons and Chocolate

Bring a little history into your Valentine's Day classroom celebrations this year 💘💕💖💝

The Washingtons were fond of chocolate. However, chocolate was not consumed in the same way by the Washingtons as it is today, such as in a smooth candy bar form.

Oklahoma teachers! Head on down to the Gilcrease Museum this Saturday for a special performance featuring Mount Vernon's...
02/06/2019
Living History - Gilcrease Museum

Oklahoma teachers! Head on down to the Gilcrease Museum this Saturday for a special performance featuring Mount Vernon's own "Tobias Lear" from 2-3pm. Check out the link below for more details.

The program is free with museum admission and no reservation is required. Please note there is limited seating available.

History comes alive with a performance courtesy of George Washington's Mount Vernon. Join us as for a historical presentation featuring Matt Mattingly as Tobias Lear, George Washington's personal secretary.

We need your help! Our awesome Education Department intern Gina is gathering feedback on National History Day in the cla...
02/04/2019

We need your help! Our awesome Education Department intern Gina is gathering feedback on National History Day in the classroom.

We want to chat with you about how you get your students psyched for National History Day, how you help students select topics associated with the theme, what sources you find most helpful (and least helpful), and much more.

If you have 20 minutes to chat about National History Day, fill out this survey so we can get in touch http://bit.ly/NHDSurvey or email Gina directly at [email protected].

Don't forget: Applications for Teacher Fellowships are due in 1 month!
01/31/2019
Teacher Fellowship Program

Don't forget: Applications for Teacher Fellowships are due in 1 month!

Information about Teacher Fellowship Programs at Mt. Vernon

We found this awesome 2019 coloring art calendar and want to send it to a good home. Comment on this post by Thursday ni...
01/30/2019

We found this awesome 2019 coloring art calendar and want to send it to a good home.

Comment on this post by Thursday night (that’s tomorrow!) with an image of your best George Washington or Mount Vernon inspired artwork (paintings, photos, needlework, unique classroom set ups, etc are all acceptable). We’ll randomly select a recipient on Friday morning.

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