Program Requirements and Selection Criteria
Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute participants are involved in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching social studies with early American history as the focus. They meet with noted historians and character interpreters, take part in re-enactments of 18th-century events, and learn new teaching techniques from mentor teachers as well as from each other. Together with Colonial Williamsburg staff, they prepare new instructional materials for use in their own classrooms.
Teachers are asked to share materials, skills and experiences with fellow teachers through two workshops or in-service programs upon their return from the Institute. Participating teachers become members of the Oklahoma Colonial Williamsburg network, linked to Colonial Williamsburg and to their colleagues in the field through various media.
Note: This participatory, interactive, interdisciplinary Institute requires the mental and physical endurance for 13 - 14 hour days in a hot, humid climate.
Participants are expected to:
- Complete the online pre-course, Introduction to Colonial Williamsburg’s Teacher Institute (access to this course will be provided approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the Institute start date).
- Attend the entire six-day institute and work together as a team, participating fully in all activities, including an end-of-session lesson plan.
- Present two training sessions for fellow teachers in the school year following attendance at the Teacher Institute.
- Provide Colonial Williamsburg with one lesson plan using content and techniques learned at Williamsburg.
The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence acts as administrator for the project and accepts applications on behalf of the Colonial Williamsburg Selection Committee. Institute fellowships cover:
- All program activities.
- Round-trip airfare and room and board (teachers are responsible for three meals).
- $300 stipend for purchasing materials.
- Teacher resources.
The following criteria will be considered by the Selection Committee:
- Demonstrated proficiency in classroom teaching.
- Evidence that the Institute will relate to the teaching needs and skills of the applicant.
- Evidence that the applicant can work well as part of a team.
- Evidence of the ability and willingness to plan, organize and participate in teacher in-service programs to share materials and techniques with others in and out of the applicant's district.
- Geographic diversity.