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Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in Early American History

Fellowships to Oklahoma 5th and 8th Grade Teachers
for a Hands-On Workshop on Early American History

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence

Deadline Date:

02/01/19 Postmarked


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Fellowships to Oklahoma social studies teachers seeking to engage students in the fifth and eighth grades with US history. Teachers will attend a workshop in Williamsburg, the restored capital of 18th-century Virginia, as well as Jamestown and Yorktown. In this workshop, teachers will be immersed in early-American history.

Participants will be involved in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching social studies with early American history as the focus. They will meet with noted historians and character interpreters, take part in re-enactments.

Fifth-grade social studies teachers will take part in reenactments of 18th-century events, and eighth-grade teachers will take part in reenactments of 18th- and 19th-century events. The secondary teachers' session will also focus on emerging American dentity from 1765 to 1865.

Both participant groups will learn new teaching techniques from mentor teachers as well as from each other. Together with Colonial Williamsburg staff, they will prepare new instructional materials for use in their own classrooms.

Upon returning, teachers will be asked to share materials, skills, and experiences with fellow teachers through two in-service programs. Participants will become members of Oklahoma’s Colonial Williamsburg Alumni network.

Participants will be expected to:

- Attend the entire six-day Institute, taking place June 1-7, 2019 and work together as a team, participating fully in all activities, including an end-of-session lesson plan
- Present two training sessions for fellow teachers in the 2019-20 school year
- Provide a lesson plan to Colonial Williamsburg using content and techniques learned

Teacher Institute:

This Institute is offered through private and corporate donations. The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence administers the selection process on behalf of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

The following criteria will be considered by the Selection Committee for both grade levels:

- Demonstrated proficiency in classroom teaching
- Evidence that the Institute will relate to the teaching needs and skills of the applicant
- Evidence that the applicant can work well as part of a team
- Evidence of the ability and willingness to organize and present in-service programs or workshops, sharing materials and knowledge gained from the Teacher Institute
- Geographic diversity

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177568

Estimated Size of Grant:

Institute fellowships will cover:

- All program activities
- Round-trip airfare, room, and board. (Teachers are responsible for three meals.)
- $300 stipend for purchasing materials
- Teacher resources provided in the Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted from Oklahoma 5th and 8th-grade social studies teachers who teach US history.

Please keep in mind that past fellowship recipients cannot re-apply.

Note: This interactive institute requires the mental and physical endurance for 13 - 14 hour days in a hot and humid climate.

Pre-Application Information:

The application packet must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

Please use the appropriate application form:

-Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute - 5th Grade Teachers
-Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute - 8th Grade Teachers

Participants will be expected to pay a $35 fee to Colonial Williamsburg at the time of program registration.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please mail applications to:

Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute
c/o Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
101 Park Ave., Suite 420
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-7201

P: (405) 236-0006
F: (405) 236-8590


Emily Stratton, Executive Director

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oklahoma