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Monticello Teacher Institute: The Barringer Research Fellowship for Teachers of American History

Barringer Fellows, 2015The Thomas Jefferson Foundation is proud to offer the Monticello Teacher Institute (MTI), an immersive professional development opportunity designed to provide social studies teachers the opportunity to research and study at Monticello and the Jefferson Library in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

With the dual goal of enhancing their classroom teaching and contributing to the collection of digital resources available online at the Monticello Digital Classroom, teachers will collaborate to create classroom resources such as lesson plans, curricular units, resource packets, or other creative products rooted in the history of the founding principles and their relevance today. Their onsite experience will be enriched and supported by group excursions, discussions with leading Jefferson scholars, and other focused workshop sessions. Following the weeklong residence, participating teachers will be expected to bring conversations about Jefferson’s ideas and Monticello into their classrooms, schools, and communities.

Applicants will be chosen by a selection committee according to evidence of their success as a teacher; demonstration that the fellowship will relate to the teaching skills and needs of the applicant; and the commitment and qualifications of the applicant to undertake a concentrated study relating to the life and times of Thomas Jefferson, including basic research skills, writing proficiency, and competency using digital education tools and technology. Previous lesson plans have focused on topics such as the legacy of the Declaration of Independence, education, slavery at Monticello, and the sciences.

Fellowships will be awarded to qualified teachers who are employed full-time in a K-12 classroom. The program is best-suited to secondary social studies educators; however, applications are welcome from elementary teachers, librarians, and those interested in making cross-curricular connections to Jefferson’s diverse interests and wide-reaching ideas. The Barringer Fellowship is all-inclusive, providing a stipend for participation, travel, and meals. Lodging and transportation to all sessions are provided during the fellowship. Participants are asked to submit their completed educational materials suitable for publication on Monticello’s Digital Classroom website by the conclusion of the fellowship. The 2018 Barringer Research Fellowship sessions will be offered in two different one-week sessions; July 14-20 and again from July 28-August 3

Participants for the 2018 program have been selected and were notified via email on April 3. Please check back in the fall for 2019 program dates and application.

The Barringer Fellowship is administered by Monticello’s Education & Visitor Programs Department. Questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to education@monticello.org with "MTI/Barringer Fellowship" in the subject line.

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The Monticello Teacher Institute: The Barringer Research Fellowship for Teachers of American History was made possible by a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Barringer II.

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