As a lifelong learner, I think it is important for educators to continually challenge themselves by seeking out new (and unique) learning opportunities.
I have just returned from a wonderful week at Mount Vernon, where I was accepted into their fabulous George Washington Teachers Institute Summer Residential Program. In addition to being treated like guests of Mr. and Lady Washington, we participated in an exceptional week of multimodal education.
Each day had a theme:
- Welcome to the History of the Washingtons
- George Washington’s Early Years
- Washington and the American Revolution
- Washington and the Exemplary Farm
- Setting Forth a Nation: The Constitution and Presidency
- Washington’s Legacy
and the agenda was packed full of hands-on activities, lectures from early American history experts, field trips,private tours, and living historical interpretations. We were immersed in the colonial time period, and it was completely A-W-E-S-O-M-E (can you tell I am excited?). I mean, how cool is it to have full access to the grounds of Mount Vernon, and sit on the mansion’s piazza with amazing educators watching the sunrise (or the moon rise) over the Potomac, speculating what the Washingtons thought about as they enjoyed the natural beauty?
I attended week 3, and dedicated educators from Arkansas, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Ohio were the invited guests. Each of our trips was paid for by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association Regent from that state, and we stayed in the ladies’ quarters. One requirement of participation was that we must present the program to other educators, which I plan to do at my MCPS School Library Media Program professional day on August 19, 2015, and again at the Maryland Association of School Librarians annual conference on October 16, 2015.
Whether you apply to this summer program, or one of the many others around the United States, I highly recommend taking advantage of your extended break by participating in a summer residential program!
To view pictures from the week, click here.
To view resources and my MASL presentation, click here.