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Teacher Institute: 25th Anniversary


he Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in American History will celebrate its 25th anniversary throughout 2014. Since 1990, 7,776 teachers have attended the program from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Tunisia, Brazil, and Norway.

Participants have taught and inspired almost 3.5 million students, providing our youth with the knowledge of American history to become active, informed citizens and leaders.

The Institute was founded in 1990 with 44 elementary school teachers from California with the support of Robert and Marion Wilson and is now supported by more than 100 donors.

Currently, the Teacher Institute includes distinct professional development opportunities in American history and civics education for elementary, middle and high school teachers.

Listen to a podcast about the Teacher Institute anniversary


25th Anniversary Upcoming Events

  • California Welcome Events
  • May 29-31, 2014

    Visits to past participant schools in San Diego and Los Angeles, Calif., to include Welcome Dinners in each city honoring Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilson, with Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson and Bill Weldon as Patrick Henry

  • New Teacher Professional Development Distance Learning Program
  • June 2014

    “Using Artifacts as a Bridge to the Past” in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s “Learn NC” distance learning program. Sponsored by the Peter L. and Patricia O. Frechette Endowment

  • Podcast
  • May 26, 2014

    Diane Claypool, of Landels Elementary School in Mountain View, Calif., discusses her experience as a past teacher participant and peer teacher with Institute Founder and Instructor Cynthia Burns

  • New Teacher Institute Middle School Program: The Emerging American Identity (1607–1865)
  • June 30–July 6, 2014

    San Diego, Calif.

  • July 7–13, 2014


  • July 21–27, 2014


  • August 4–10, 2014

    Virginia Beach, Va.

  • Teacher Gazette E-Newsletter September 2014, Special Edition on the 25th Anniversary
  • New “2-Day” Enlightenment Forum Teacher Workshops
  • September, 27–28, October 4–5, November 8–9, 2014

    Weekend programming on the Colonial Economy and The Idea of America Constitutional Ideas

  • Electronic Field Trip Television and Web Broadcast branding
  • October 2014 through April 2015

    New 25th Anniversary logo. Supported in part by the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund.

  • Teacher Professional Development Workshops
  • October 25, 2014

    Minneapolis. Sponsored by the Peter L. and Patricia O. Frechette Endowment

  • Fall 2014

    Chicago—Sponsored by the Davee Foundation
    Milwaukee—Sponsored by the Peter L. and Patricia O. Frechette Endowment
    Virginia Beach, Newport News, and Hampton, Va.—The Batten Educational Achievement Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation

  • Winter 2015

    Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla., Colonial Days
    Tucson, Welcome Events
    Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and San Jose, California Convocations

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Teacher Professional Development is supported in part by
the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund.