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2019 Programs and Dates

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For questions about the Teacher Institute, contact:

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

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (757) 565-8417
Fax: (757) 565-8222

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Elementary School (for educators in grades 3–6):
Becoming Americans (1607–1781)

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 content and hands-on activities that highlight the stories of the people who lived and worked in eighteenth-century Williamsburg.

All 2019 session are FULL

Sample Schedule

Secondary School (for educators in grades 7–12):
Emerging American Identity (1765–1865)

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.

All 2019 session are FULL

Sample Schedule

American History and Content Literacy (for educators in NYC Public Schools):
American History and Content Literacy (1607–1781)

These sessions are 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. Teachers will study early American history while also considering the intersection of best literacy practices and high-quality history instruction.

All 2019 session are FULL

Sample NYC Elementary Schedule
Sample NYC Secondary Schedule

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NEW African Americans in 18th-Century Virginia (for educators in 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.


All 2019 session are FULL

Sample Schedule


Women during the American Revolution (for educators in 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.

All 2019 session are FULL

Sample Schedule

Apprenticeships, STEM, and Colonial Daily Life (for educators in 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.


All 2019 session are FULL

Sample Schedule


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  • Gordon Wood

    Friends Divided: A 'Revolutionary in Residence' Conversation
    (October 5, 2019)

    Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood will moderate a conversation between Thomas Jefferson and… Thomas Jefferson. The younger and elder Nation Builder will reflect on his friendship and bitter rivalry with John Adams.

    To be notified when registration opens for this workshop, fill out the

    2019 Fall Workshops Interest List

  • Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

    Characteristics of an Effective Leader: Yesterday and Today (November 16–17, 2019)

    Become acquainted with the foundational concepts of leadership through the lens of eighteenth-century Williamsburg, Virginia. Assess and define your personal approach to leadership both as a leader and as a follower.

    To be notified when registration opens for this workshop, fill out the

    2019 Fall Workshops Interest List

  • The Idea of America Seminar
    (September 12–15, 2019)

    The Idea of America framework views U.S. history as an enduring "Great Debate." How do we balance the values Americans share—law and ethics, freedom and equality, unity and diversity, common wealth and private wealth? Colonial Williamsburg's new "Idea of America" seminars explore how these values have shaped our American identity and how you can apply them to the fundamental issues facing our nation today.

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    The Idea of America
    for Secondary School Teachers

    In this one-day workshop in your district, a Colonial Williamsburg educator inspires teachers with interactive, media-rich strategies that link American history and active 21st-century civic engagement.

    Sample workshop topics include but are not limited to:

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    Bringing History to Life in Your Classroom
    for Elementary School Teachers

    In this one-day workshop in your district, join a Colonial Williamsburg educator and explore American history from multiple perspectives through primary sources, interdisciplinary lesson plans and innovative instructional strategies to bring history to life in the classroom.

    Sample workshop topics include but are not limited to:


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    The Colonial Williamsburg Professional Development staff can customize arrangements for your teacher group's (of 15 or more) visit to Colonial Williamsburg. Not only can we help you with the educational portion of your visit, but we can also make arrangements for Colonial Williamsburg lodging, meals, and local transportation. For more information or a price quote on a customized teacher professional development program, please email [email protected] or call (757) 565-8417.

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The Teacher Institute is supported in part by
the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund.