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Teacher Institute

In 2014, we marked the 25th anniversary of the Teacher Institute, Colonial Williamsburg's seminal educational outreach program that brings educators from all 50 states to the Revolutionary City for intensive, hands-on workshops and a taste of 18th-century life.

These elementary, middle and high school teachers spend a week during the summer in Virginia's Historic Triangle exploring new ways to create informative, exciting and relevant lessons in American history and civics for their students.

Since its inception, the program has served 7,776 teachers across the United States — and more than 70 percent have attended the program on full scholarships provided by our donors. We are grateful for the commitment and generosity of these supporters who have played such a critical role in expanding and strengthening the program.

“... Truly now I have a multiple-perspective approach to understanding this important part of American history. This is the gift I received this week and the gift I will work to pass on to students.”

Kate Mansergh, teacher,
Marin County, California

The Teacher Institute fully immerses its participants in the Colonial Williamsburg experience. They sleep and dine in restored and reconstructed buildings in the Historic Area. They visit archaeological and historic sites in Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. They meet actor-interpreters representing early Americans from all walks of life, and examine primary sources from artwork to documents to authentic clothing. Working closely with our education and museum staff, they participate in myriad activities that empower them to improve their classroom skills.

Last summer, 472 teachers from 24 states attended the program—for most, thanks to scholarships provided by donors. Alumni of the 2014 Teacher Institute described the program as truly unique, and many described it as the most helpful experience of their teaching career.

One teacher who attended on scholarship, Joseph Aldredge from Houston, Texas, wrote, "Studying the socio-political characteristics of all levels of the social spectrum has given me much more insight into the daily life of individuals and certain groups of people. As a teacher, I will reinforce this regional and global interconnectedness. This trip has reinvigorated my spirit to teach and learn."

Teacher Institute

Donate online now

or send your tax-deductible check,
with “Teacher Institute” printed in the memo line, to:

Margaret McGraw
The Colonial Williamsburg Fund/CW Teacher Institute
Post Office Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA  23187-9910

Again, thank you for your consideration and support. With your help, we can expand this program's reach throughout the country — “so that the future may learn from the past.”

For additional information about making a contribution, contact Margaret McGraw at (757) 565-8605 or

For more information about Teacher Institute programming, please email or call Valerie Perkins (757) 565-8417.