The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence administers grants for Oklahoma fifth- and eighth-grade teachers to attend the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute each summer in the restored capital city of 18th-century Virginia.
Program participants have the opportunity to:
- Explore Colonial Williamsburg – the world’s largest living history museum – and nearby Jamestown and Yorktown
- Meet character interpreters of 18th-century people
- Immerse themselves in history through hands-on activities and reenactments of historic events
- Learn primary source-centered, standards-based historical content
- Collaborate daily with a Master Teacher and fellow educators to discuss interactive teaching techniques
Who can apply?
Oklahoma 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.
Oklahoma eighth-grade classroom teachers who teach U.S. history as part of their social studies curriculum. The program is open to public and private school educators.
What do the fellowships cover?
Fellowships cover all program activities, airfare, lodging and most meals. Each teacher will also receive a $300 stipend for classroom materials. Participants will be required to pay a $35 fee at the time of registration.
How is the program funded?
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 — a former board member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. The Joullian family continues to support the program along with a loyal group of donors.
For more information, contact the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence at (405) 236-0006.