Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute
5th Grade Teachers: June 8-14, 2017
8th Grade Teachers: June 15-21, 2017
Applications are now available for Oklahoma fifth- and eighth-grade teachers interested in receiving a fellowship to attend the 2017 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute.
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 visit the Yorktown battlefields where the Continental Army forced the British to surrender. They will also meet daily with a peer facilitator to discuss interactive teaching techniques and develop creative lesson plans based on their experiences. Participants are required 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 fifth-grade teacher institute program is designed for fifth-grade social studies/history teachers and resource teachers, such as librarians or gifted/talented teachers, who plan to teach U.S. history in their schools. The middle-school program is open only to eighth-grade classroom teachers who teach U.S. history as part of their social studies curriculum. The fellowships are available to public and private school teachers and cover all program activities, airfare, lodging and most meals. Each teacher will also receive a $300 stipend for classroom materials.
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) 236-0006.