A Teacher Reflects on Montpelier

Sean Klaver, Colonial Beach High School
U.S. History and U.S. Government Teacher

July 30, 2014—Great educators are always looking for ways to improve their craft and for additional resources to bring into their classroom. Perhaps even more important, however, is the fact that most teachers are life-long learners who are driven by their curiosity and their love of the subject that they teach. In pursuing opportunities for professional growth, I was directed to a seminar in one of the most unexpected places: Montpelier, the home of James Madison. 

Building the Future of the Constitution

Jen Howell

April 9, 2013 - In 1961, a 33-year-old real-estate developer surveyed an expanse of land adjacent to Washington, DC, languishing in neglect and thriving only in its junkyards and cheap motels. I imagine this place being where criminologists came up with broken windows theory.  But Robert H. Smith looked at this area and he did not see failure—he saw opportunity.