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Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day! Our K12 Education team has been reflecting this week on the teachers who made t...
05/04/2021

Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day!

Our K12 Education team has been reflecting this week on the teachers who made the biggest impacts on our lives. THANK YOU for all you do for your students - past, present, and future.

Your dedication to educating tomorrow's leaders and commitment to your profession is inspiring.

#TeacherAppreciationDay

Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day!

Our K12 Education team has been reflecting this week on the teachers who made the biggest impacts on our lives. THANK YOU for all you do for your students - past, present, and future.

Your dedication to educating tomorrow's leaders and commitment to your profession is inspiring.

#TeacherAppreciationDay

⏰ Time is running out to nominate your student(s) for The Mount Vernon Prize for Excellence in Civics and History in Hon...
04/26/2021
Student of The Year Award

⏰ Time is running out to nominate your student(s) for The Mount Vernon Prize for Excellence in Civics and History in Honor of Dr. Jennifer London.

📅 The nomination deadline is April 30!

🏆 Prize Details:
Who is Eligible? Middle and High School students who have transformed the world around them based on their knowledge of George Washington and his civic contributions. Students will have demonstrated taking positive, purposeful, informed action that extended Washington’s story and legacy beyond their own studies.

What is the Prize?
🏆 A cash prize of $1000 will be awarded to the winning Middle School project.
🏆 A cash prize of $5000 will be awarded to the winning High School project.
🏆 All winners and other inspiring entries will receive a Mount Vernon family membership.

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

Do you teach students who transformed the world around them based on their knowledge of George Washington and his civic ...
04/07/2021
Student of The Year Award

Do you teach students who transformed the world around them based on their knowledge of George Washington and his civic contributions?

We are currently accepting nominations for The Mount Vernon Prize for Excellence in Civics and History in Honor of Dr. Jennifer London, which will honor middle and high school students who applied their understanding of Washington’s life to extend his legacy of public service within their classrooms, schools, or communities.

Nomination Deadline: April 30, 2021

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

Our friends at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate are hosting a Civic Conversations Virtual Summer Instit...
03/22/2021
Civic Conversations Virtual Summer Institute 2021

Our friends at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate are hosting a Civic Conversations Virtual Summer Institute July 8-August 12, 2021.

Explore how dialogue can be applied to civic issues in multidisciplinary classroom settings. This stipended, virtual learning and teaching series will include both training in dialogue practices and opportunities to learn from educators who have already put the practices to work in their own classrooms.

Applications deadline: April 23, 2021

In community with other educators and expert non-profit partners, explore how community dialogue can be applied to civic issues in multidisciplinary classroom settings.

Happy first day of Spring! 🌱🌿🌺🌸🌼🐑
03/20/2021

Happy first day of Spring! 🌱🌿🌺🌸🌼🐑

Happy first day of Spring from Mount Vernon's newest bundle of joy 🐑 ⁣⁣
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Our first set of lambs were born last Friday, and this little one was born the next day. Our livestock team will start moving some of them to the exhibition paddocks in the historic area this weekend, so be sure to stop by & say hello!

Learn more about the Hog Island sheep and other animals at Mount Vernon at www.mountvernon.org/animals

Check your inbox! Our monthly email for educators went out this morning and it's all about health and wellness in the 18...
03/17/2021

Check your inbox! Our monthly email for educators went out this morning and it's all about health and wellness in the 18th century.

Learn more about George Washington and Health: https://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/health

Didn't get the email? Sign up to receive emails from our K12 Team at www.mountvernon.org/EduSignUp

Check your inbox! Our monthly email for educators went out this morning and it's all about health and wellness in the 18th century.

Learn more about George Washington and Health: https://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/health

Didn't get the email? Sign up to receive emails from our K12 Team at www.mountvernon.org/EduSignUp

Grade 7-12 teachers! There's still time to sign up for our FREE half-day digital workshop exploring how to bring George ...
03/11/2021

Grade 7-12 teachers! There's still time to sign up for our FREE half-day digital workshop exploring how to bring George Washington, Mount Vernon, and STEM into your virtual or in-person classroom.

Gain confidence integrating history and STEM concepts in an interdisciplinary context to support student learning while building a network of content peers.

DETAILS:
March 13, 8am-12pm ET
Grades 7-12
Note: 30 minutes of asynchronous work will be required prior to participation
www.mountvernon.org/STEMWorkshop

Grade 7-12 teachers! There's still time to sign up for our FREE half-day digital workshop exploring how to bring George Washington, Mount Vernon, and STEM into your virtual or in-person classroom.

Gain confidence integrating history and STEM concepts in an interdisciplinary context to support student learning while building a network of content peers.

DETAILS:
March 13, 8am-12pm ET
Grades 7-12
Note: 30 minutes of asynchronous work will be required prior to participation
www.mountvernon.org/STEMWorkshop

03/10/2021

Join the Virginia District 5 History Day Team to celebrate students participating in this year’s “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding” National History Day competition. Winners will be contacted after the contest the details about advancing to the state competition.

Have you filled out our digital resources survey yet? Help us understand how K12 classrooms are incorporating digital re...
03/09/2021

Have you filled out our digital resources survey yet?

Help us understand how K12 classrooms are incorporating digital resources into history and civics curricula. The survey is anonymous and should not take more than 15 minutes.

If you’ve already filled it out – THANK YOU!

Survey Link: http://bit.ly/TeacherSurveyMV

🚨Applications for Mount Vernon for Teachers' Digital Summer Institutes close March 11, 2021, at 11:59pm ET 🚨Six differen...
03/05/2021
Digital Institutes

🚨Applications for Mount Vernon for Teachers' Digital Summer Institutes close March 11, 2021, at 11:59pm ET 🚨

Six different, thematic sessions will be offered June-August. Sessions will run M-F from 12:00pm-5:00pm ET with 1 additional hour of asynchronous work each day.

$750 stipends will be offered to all teachers accepted to the program who successfully complete all program requirements.

Apply to attend a free 5-day Digital Institute to learn more about George Washington and the 18th-century world he lived in. Choose from one of six thematic programs hosted between June 14-August 6, 2021.

Don't miss your chance to spend 3 weeks co-creating timely and needed civic learning activities with Mount Vernon resour...
03/01/2021
Teacher Fellowship Program

Don't miss your chance to spend 3 weeks co-creating timely and needed civic learning activities with Mount Vernon resources!

📅 Applications close March 22, 2021

Five teachers will be selected to design a slate of civics resources for multiple grade levels and differentiated learning styles that integrate George Washington's biography, his leadership, and the value of learning about his legacies.

Fellows must be able to work on-site at Mount Vernon from July 6- July 23, 2021. Each Fellowship award include a $3000 stipend, round trip travel, and housing.

Information about Teacher Fellowship Programs at Mt. Vernon

We’re looking to better understand the use of digital resources in K12 classrooms around the country and how they are be...
02/27/2021

We’re looking to better understand the use of digital resources in K12 classrooms around the country and how they are being implemented into history and civics curricula.

Help us learn more by telling us about your classroom in our anonymous, 15-minute survey.

Survey Link: http://bit.ly/TeacherSurveyMV

We’re looking to better understand the use of digital resources in K12 classrooms around the country and how they are being implemented into history and civics curricula.

Help us learn more by telling us about your classroom in our anonymous, 15-minute survey.

Survey Link: http://bit.ly/TeacherSurveyMV

Collaborate with Mount Vernon experts and K-12 teachers from across the country for a FREE half-day digital workshop exp...
02/24/2021

Collaborate with Mount Vernon experts and K-12 teachers from across the country for a FREE half-day digital workshop exploring how to bring George Washington, Mount Vernon, and STEM into your virtual or in-person classroom.

Gain confidence integrating history and STEM concepts in an interdisciplinary context to support student learning while building a network of content peers.

We are offering 2 programs, broken down by grade levels
March 6: Grades K-6
March 13: Grades 7-12

Note: 30 minutes of asynchronous work will be required prior to participation

www.mountvernon.org/STEMWorkshop

Collaborate with Mount Vernon experts and K-12 teachers from across the country for a FREE half-day digital workshop exploring how to bring George Washington, Mount Vernon, and STEM into your virtual or in-person classroom.

Gain confidence integrating history and STEM concepts in an interdisciplinary context to support student learning while building a network of content peers.

We are offering 2 programs, broken down by grade levels
March 6: Grades K-6
March 13: Grades 7-12

Note: 30 minutes of asynchronous work will be required prior to participation

www.mountvernon.org/STEMWorkshop

Happy Birthday George Washington! Join us tonight at 7pm ET for an evening featuring performances and stories from a var...
02/22/2021

Happy Birthday George Washington!

Join us tonight at 7pm ET for an evening featuring performances and stories from a variety of actors, musicians, and historians to celebrate George Washington.

www.mountvernon.org/gwbirthday

Happy Birthday George Washington!

Join us tonight at 7pm ET for an evening featuring performances and stories from a variety of actors, musicians, and historians to celebrate George Washington.

www.mountvernon.org/gwbirthday

Join our team this summer for our new George Washington Teacher Institute 5-day Digital Institutes. 📆 Applications close...
02/04/2021
Digital Institutes

Join our team this summer for our new George Washington Teacher Institute 5-day Digital Institutes.

📆 Applications close March 11
📅 Sessions will run 12:00pm-5:00pm ET, Monday-Friday
👩‍🏫 Accepted participants will receive a $750 stipend to honor their time and commitment

Each session will bring American History to life through conversations with experts, virtual field trips to the Mount Vernon Estate, and peer-to-peer networking with like-minded educators. A diversity of voices will contribute to your understanding of the 18th century and highlight ways to connect George Washington and his world to your students today.

Apply to attend a 5-day Digital Institute to learn more about George Washington and the 18th-century world he lived in. Choose from one of six thematic programs hosted between June 14-August 6, 2021.

Wishing all our followers a very Happy New Year!
01/01/2021

Wishing all our followers a very Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from George Washington's Mount Vernon! ✨
(📸: Buddy Secor/Ninja Pix)

Join us at 7:30pm ET for tonight's Under the Wine and Fig Tree happy hour. We'll be chatting with members of our Histori...
12/17/2020
Under the Wine and Fig Tree Happy Hour

Join us at 7:30pm ET for tonight's Under the Wine and Fig Tree happy hour. We'll be chatting with members of our Historic Trades team about trades skills essential to Mount Vernon's operations.

Join Mount Vernon's K12 Education team for a series of online happy hours throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

Congratulations to one of our favorite historians and colleagues Mary V. Thompson!
12/17/2020

Congratulations to one of our favorite historians and colleagues Mary V. Thompson!

Happy ✨40th✨ Anniversary to Mary V. Thompson, who celebrated her 40th year at Mount Vernon in 2020! 🎉

Huzzah and thank you Mary for 40 years of kindness, tireless research, and dedicated service to Mount Vernon, from History Interpreter to Curatorial Registrar to award-winning Research Historian! Your expertise in so many areas will continue to be invaluable to scholars, researchers, and Mount Vernon staff for generations to come.

Join us on December 9th for a FREE virtual performance to ring in the holidays at our annual Educators' Evening.  This y...
12/04/2020
Educators' Evening

Join us on December 9th for a FREE virtual performance to ring in the holidays at our annual Educators' Evening.

This year we welcome Mount Vernon's own Character Interpreters who will share the diverse educational experiences of the 18th century through their portrayals of Martha Washington, enslaved housemaid Caroline Branham, and Scottish physician Dr. James Craik.

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...

☕️ Grab your hot cocoa (or something a little stronger) and register for our December - March Under the Wine and Fig Tre...
12/02/2020
Under the Wine and Fig Tree Happy Hour

☕️ Grab your hot cocoa (or something a little stronger) and register for our December - March Under the Wine and Fig Tree happy hours.

Join Mount Vernon's K12 Education team for a series of online happy hours throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! 🍁 🦃 🥧This year we’re extra thankful for all of you and your dedication to teaching ...
11/26/2020
Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! 🍁 🦃 🥧

This year we’re extra thankful for all of you and your dedication to teaching our nation’s youth.

"By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation..."

Join us tonight at 7:30pm ET for our second Under the Wine and Fig Tree happy hours for teachers! We'll be joined by two...
11/19/2020
Under the Wine and Fig Tree Happy Hour

Join us tonight at 7:30pm ET for our second Under the Wine and Fig Tree happy hours for teachers! We'll be joined by two of Mount Vernon's curators who will discuss how they work to interpret our collections and create exhibitions.

Join Mount Vernon's K12 Education team for a series of online happy hours throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

We're all excited about this new resource from our friends at the Museum of the American Revolution! Take a look and let...
11/17/2020
Finding Freedom

We're all excited about this new resource from our friends at the Museum of the American Revolution! Take a look and let us know what you think.

Finding Freedom draws from a variety of historical sources and contemporary analysis to try to understand the lives and decisions of five real people of African descent living in Virginia in 1781, as the British and American armies battle across the state. Their stories are told through research-bas...

George Washington's Mount Vernon
11/15/2020
George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon

This fall, Mount Vernon's Collections team installed a new panel exhibition in the Education Center entitled “Give Me Liberty: African Americans in the Revolutionary War.”

These panels explore the experiences of African Americans in the Revolution through the biographies of 3 individuals connected to George Washington—William Lee, Harry Washington, and James Lafayette.

We hope you will stop by to see these new panels, which are located just outside the Be Washington lobby. If you can't make it in person, we encourage you to explore the digital version in our new webpage.

📽 Lights, Camera, Action! Our K12 team has been debating this question and we want to know what you and your students th...
11/07/2020

📽 Lights, Camera, Action!

Our K12 team has been debating this question and we want to know what you and your students think.

If you were a casting director in Hollywood, who would you choose to play George Washington?

We've included a few famous portraits of Washington to help inspire you.

Over 230 years ago the United States held its first-ever presidential election. At that time there was no formal governm...
11/03/2020
Washington's Election

Over 230 years ago the United States held its first-ever presidential election. At that time there was no formal government in place, there was no public campaigning, and 69 state electors - some selected by voters, some appointed by state legislatures, and some appointed by governors - gathered in their home states to cast their votes in February 1789.

Today, citizens of the United States of America will participate in the country's 59th presidential election. While there are many differences between the election of 1789 and this year's election, the hallmarks of our democracy remain.

We invite you and your students to dive into the Election of 1789 and explore the ideas and precedents that became the epitome of America's democratic experiment.

Read about the election of the first U.S President George Washington and his inaugration in 1789

10 Facts About From a $0 election campaign to being the only president inaugurated in two different cities, discover 10 ...
11/02/2020
10 Facts about Washington's Election

10 Facts About From a $0 election campaign to being the only president inaugurated in two different cities, discover 10 facts about Washington's election as the first President of the United States.

Facts about the George Washington's election and inaugration and presidency

Washington's Reasons for Wanting to Decline the Presidency (from a 1788 letter to Henry Lee)1. Old age2. Washington's "e...
10/31/2020
Answers the Call

Washington's Reasons for Wanting to Decline the Presidency (from a 1788 letter to Henry Lee)
1. Old age
2. Washington's "encreasing fondness for agricultural amusements"
3. "My growing love of retirement"
4. Belief that the Anti-Federalists may oppose his selection
5. After having already retired in 1783, Washington feared he would be looked upon as inconsistent, rash, and ambitious if he returned to office
6. Belief that "some other person...could execute all the duties full as satisfactorily as myself."

Washington comes out of retirement to answer the call of his country,

DYK: When Congress convened for the first time on March 4, not enough members were present to certify the election. The ...
10/29/2020
An Imperfect Election

DYK: When Congress convened for the first time on March 4, not enough members were present to certify the election. The official tally of votes would not occur until a full two months after the votes were initially cast when, on April 6, 1789, George Washington officially became the first and only president unanimously elected.

Sound familiar! George Washington's election in 1789 was imperfect.

🗳 As we gear up for the 2020 election next week, we'll be sharing all things George Washington and elections! To kick us...
10/27/2020

🗳 As we gear up for the 2020 election next week, we'll be sharing all things George Washington and elections!

To kick us off, let's take a look at Washington's not so successful first foray into the world of politics.

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How can understanding July 4th help us understand the crises today? https://medium.com/@kayalan33/july-4th-coronavirus-black-lives-matter-and-trump-2fad6b66838e
Anyone able to use the A More Perfect Union interactive? I am unable to open it on PC or iPad devices at school.
Some happy news. My book Buried Lives was named on the Best Books of the Year list of Bank Street College.
So excited to finally have this! Can’t wait to return to Mount Vernon.
You know you’re teaching the kids right when this is the graffiti on my classroom desks! 🇺🇸👍
I have been invited to speak at Mount Vernon as part of the Ford Book Talk Series about my new book BURIED LIVES: THE ENSLAVED PEOPLE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S MOUNT VERNON. It will take place on April 11. I hope some of you can attend.
I love it when something I’ve researched turns up in unexpected place. Well that just happened on one of my favorite TV shows: Poldark. On Sunday’s night’s episode Ross Poldark is in the House of Commons and mentions that William Wilberforce was speaking against slavery. My ears perked up because in my new book BURIED LIVES: THE ENSLAVED PEOPLE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MOUNT VERNON, I have a drawing of the slave ship Brookes. How does this connect to Poldark? In reality, when Wilberforce was arguing in Parliament for the abolition of slavery, he used a wooden model of the Brookes to show the cruelty of slavery. Ultimately slavery was abolished in Britain-and the slave ship Brookes played a part in it. Here is the link to see the actual model William Wilberforce used: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/TrVw1QSnSKyRI59LC2csxg Here is the link to an interview where Aidan Turner (who plays Ross Poldark) talks about Wilberforce: https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/poldark-4/turner I can’t wait for everyone to see the amazing sketch of the Brookes slave ship in my book. It is powerful.
Well, here is my first official Podcast. I felt very honored to have been asked by Mt. Vernon's President and CEO, Dr. Doug Bradburn and by VP of Education, Allison Wickens to do a podcast about my Teacher Fellowship lesson centered around the 12 Lakota Values expressed by Joseph Marshall III in "The Lakota Way." I was so nervous I accidentally said there were 6 Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings, when in fact there are 7. UGH! I hope if you take a listen there is something positive you can take away from my words.
Looking for a great intro to Mount Vernon for children? https://www.amazon.com/Anna-Visits-Mount-Vernon-Glanowski/dp/1985212676/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524687611&sr=1-2&keywords=anna+glanowski was authored by a ten-year-old and is a fantastic resource!
Prior Missouri Teachers at Mount Vernon Attendees enjoying #MCSS18 Missouri Council for the Social Studies
George Washington and Mount Vernon Teacher Workshop—What do motivated teachers do after school on one of the last days of school before Christmas Break? They share ideas about teaching Colonial history during the era of George Washington, of course!
Thank you Allison and Lucy for helping me bring fellow Bill of Rights Institute teachers to George Washington's Mount Vernon. We had a wonderful afternoon! This view is just amazing