Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute
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 as well as nearby Jamestown and Yorktown. The 2020 fifth-grade teacher session is scheduled June 6-12, and the 2020 eighth-grade session is scheduled June 13-19.
While in 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. Teachers also meet daily with a Master Teacher to discuss interactive teaching techniques and develop creative lesson ideas based on their experiences. Participants are required to share materials, skills and experiences with fellow teachers through two workshops or in-service programs 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. “The Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute is by far the finest, most comprehensive teacher training I have ever attended. I am a better American and a better teacher because of it.”
Oklahoma's 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.