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March 1, 2002

Donors across the country provide funding to send teachers to institute

Donors across the country make it possible for teachers to attend Colonial Williamsburg’s Teacher Institute. During 2001, 335 teachers participated in the annual program and 285 of those attended through the generosity of donors.

Sixty-nine individuals, foundations and corporations underwrote tuition and transportation costs for teachers participating in the 2001 Teacher Institute. These donors represented several states including Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The Teacher Institute is a weeklong, grade-specific summer workshop conducted by the nation’s largest and oldest outdoor living history museum. Colonial Williamsburg developed the Teacher Institute to improve the quality of American history education in the nations’ schools and ensure that every student gains an understanding of the principles behind the nation’s freedoms and its government. In addition, techniques and strategies are demonstrated to raise literacy levels and enhance historical thinking.

“The Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute gives teachers the strategies and historical content to make history exciting and relevant to students,” said Tab Broyles, Colonial Williamsburg’s manager of teacher programs and outreach. “Teachers graduate from the Institute with a feeling of empowerment to make a difference in the lives of their students, a renewed sense of importance about teaching basic principles of democracy and American citizenship, and a new commitment to ensuring that students from many diverse backgrounds understand their role in protecting the rights and responsibilities given to us by our founding fathers.”

The Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute began in 1990 when 44 fifth-grade teachers from California came to Colonial Williamsburg to learn firsthand about the story of the nation’s founders. Since its inception, 2,576 teachers from 40 states have participated in the program.

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