Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute
Oklahoma’s Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute program is designed for fifth-grade social studies/history teachers and resource teachers, such as librarians, who plan to teach U.S. history in their schools. Fellowship recipients will receive all-expense paid trips to Williamsburg, as well as $300 for classroom materials.
While at Colonial Williamsburg -- the world’s largest living history museum -- Oklahoma teachers meet character interpreters of 18th-century people and are immersed in early American history through hands-on activities and reenactments of historic events.
Participants visit nearby Jamestown, the site of the first permanent English colony in America, and spend a day at Yorktown visiting the battlefields where the Continental Army forced the British to surrender. They also meet daily with a peer facilitator to discuss interactive teaching techniques and develop creative lesson plans based on their experiences. Participants are asked to share materials, skills and experiences with fellow teachers through two workshops upon their return from the institute.
“No textbook can replace the inspiration and knowledge gained by walking in the footsteps of early Americans, both famous and ordinary,” said Teacher Institute alumna Linda Goodnight of Wewoka. “Visualizing George Washington and his troops at Surrender Field, debating in the very courtroom where Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry pled the cause of liberty, learning to make rope in Jamestown colony will ignite my teaching – and my students – forever.
“The Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute is by far the finest, most comprehensive teacher training I have ever attended,” Goodnight added. “I am a better American and a better teacher because of it.”
The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has coordinated Oklahoma’s participation in the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute since 1993, thanks to the leadership and support of the late Oklahoma City businessman Edward C. Joullian III, who was an active supporter and former board member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Joullian was also a trustee of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. The Joullian family continues to support the program.
For more information, contact the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence at (405)