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The Bob and Marion Wilson Teacher Institute of Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg’s mission to share America’s enduring story doesn’t stop at the boundaries of the Historic Area. The living past that fills the streets and homes here ripples out to classrooms through all 50 states, thanks to the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute.

The Institute provides teachers:

  • Primary source-centered, standards-based historical content
  • Inclusive approach to analyzing people and events of the past from multiple perspectives
  • Innovative, engaging teaching strategies to bring history to life in the classroom
  • Immersive experiences throughout the Historic Area and with character interpreters with suggested classroom applications
  • Collaborative idea sharing with Colonial Williamsburg staff and fellow teachers
  • Classroom-ready instructional resources, including lesson plans, primary sources, and media through the Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library


The Teacher Institute offers week-long sessions and three-day seminars, immersing participants in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching social studies with American history as the focus

2020 Programs

Tuition & Scholarships

Teachers who attend the Teacher Institute may pay their own tuition or apply for Matching Grants or Individual Scholarships.

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Participant Guide

Learn what to expect about your Teacher institute Experience

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