Each Montpelier Seminar for Educators provides participants with the intellectual foundation and pedagogical preparation to be effective teachers of civics and government. Participants include middle and high school teachers who work with nationally-recognized scholars in a combination of lectures, breakout sessions, and classroom simulations to learn about the historical events and philosophical contexts preceding and affecting the writing of the U.S. Constitution and its relation to essential democratic principles. 
Seminar topics vary. Registration for Seminars begins about 3-6 months prior to the event. The following events are planned for 2023:

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What's Included?
  • Accommodations and Meals: Participations will be housed on the grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier. All meals are provided. 
  • Resources: Each participant will receive an electronic selection of primary and secondary source readings based on the Seminar's topic via Google Drive or pdf.
  • Membership:  Participants receive a 1-year Individual Membership after conclusion of the Seminar.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?
Montpelier Seminars are open to any full-time teachers at accredited public, charter, private, or parochial schools.

How much does a seminar cost?
Applying is free.  Accepted applicants will be required to pay an $85 nonrefundable registration fee within 2-3 weeks of acceptance in order to confirm their place in a Seminar for Educators.  Thanks to the generosity of private donors, scholarships cover the cost of accommodations, meals, materials, etc.  Additionally, a limited travel reimbursement is provided at 3 different tiers:
A) a maximum of $400 for Educators from VA, WV, MD, DC, & DE.
B) a maximum of $600 for Educators from NC and other states not listed above or below.
C) a maximum of $675 for Educators from NV, NY, NJ, KY, SC, & FL (due to specific scholarships for those 6 states).