A 5-day immersive professional development designed to support K-12 educators teach about the life, leadership, and legacy of George Washington and the 18th-century world in which he lived. Each program includes these signature elements:
- In-depth content and primary source analysis.
- Immersive 18th-century experiences with historical interpreters and subject matter experts.
- Lively debate and engaged collaboration with visiting scholars, fellow participants, and Mount Vernon staff.
- Classroom applicability including technology integration.
- Connections between historical events and contemporary student experiences.
The team at Mount Vernon has put together six of these weeks from which prospective participants may choose. Each week has a specific focus, from study of Martha Washington to slavery, from the founding of the U.S. to George as a businessman. The week I attend, the title is Washington at War: From Soldier to Commander-in-Chief, described as follows.
Discover George Washington's individual contributions to the French and Indian War and the American Revolution, as well as the broader impact these events had on 18th-century society. Sessions will focus on Washington's leadership challenges and opportunities, as well as the decisions of individual men and women to join the Patriot cause.