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The Bob and Marion Wilson Teacher Institute of Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg’s mission to share America’s enduring story doesn’t stop at the boundaries of the Historic Area. The living past that fills the streets and homes here ripples out to classrooms through all 50 states, thanks to the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute.

The Institute provides teachers:

  • Primary source-centered, standards-based historical content
  • Inclusive approach to analyzing people and events of the past from multiple perspectives
  • Innovative, engaging teaching strategies to bring history to life in the classroom
  • Immersive experiences throughout the Historic Area and with character interpreters with suggested classroom applications
  • Collaborative idea sharing with Colonial Williamsburg staff and fellow teachers
  • Classroom-ready instructional resources, including lesson plans, primary sources, and media through the Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library

Programs

The Teacher Institute offers week-long sessions, three-day seminars and online programs, immersing participants in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching social studies with American history as the focus. We hope to be able to host onsite sessions of the Bob and Marion Wilson Teacher Institute of Colonial Williamsburg in 2021 and are planning accordingly. Please note that when COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 onsite summer programs, the scholarship process was nearly complete. The 2020 scholarship recipients were given the option to attend in 2021. As a result, we are currently COMPLETING the remaining 2020 recruitment and are only accepting applications for 2021 from targeted areas.

Programs

Tuition & Scholarships

Teachers who attend the Teacher Institute may pay their own tuition or apply for Matching Grants or Individual Scholarships.

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