Each Montpelier Seminar for Educators provides participants with the intellectual foundation and pedagogical preparation to be effective teachers of civics and government. Participants include upper elementary, 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. Please check to see our upcoming options.

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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. 
  • Textbooks and Resources: Each participant will receive a selection of primary and secondary source readings based on the Seminar's topic. Participants will access these readings via Google Drive ahead of time, and receive print versions upon arrival at Montpelier.
  • Recertification Points: All Montpelier Seminars for Educators have been accredited through James Madison University. Certificates of completion and Continuing Education Units will be shared with participants after the program's conclusion.

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?
Thanks to the generosity of private donors, scholarships cover the cost of accommodations, meals, reading materials, teaching resources, and documentation for recertification credits. Applicants will be charged an $80 nonrefundable registration fee upon officially accepting their place in a Seminar for Educators.