Liberty Fund Weekend Teacher Colloquia

Presented by and Liberty Fund

Liberty Fund and Liberty Fund are proud to continue their series of weekend colloquia for social studies teachers. These weekend programs allow teachers of American history and government to explore the themes of liberty and responsibility throughout America’s history and constitutional tradition.

Participating teachers will read a series of primary source documents, travel to a relevant historic site, and engage in conversation with a select group of colleagues over the course of a weekend. These conversations are open-ended – teachers are not expected to reach a set conclusion about the material, are not required to take an assessment, and are not asked to complete a lesson plan. Participating teachers are only expected to engage fully in conversation, taking an active role in each of the six discussion sessions throughout the weekend.

A special feature of our Liberty Fund Weekend Colloquia is the historical tour or experience, which enables participants to see firsthand the places where our history was made. These tours typically involve at least a moderate amount of walking, and the nature of some historic sites precludes access by people with some disabilities or challenges in moving – for example, the mansion at Mt. Vernon involves going up and down tight, steep stairs, and most sites do not have elevators. Please take this into consideration when deciding whether or not to apply, as participation in all parts of the program is required. Contact us if you have any questions.

Teachers selected to participate will have the cost of lodging, meals, and materials for the weekend’s colloquia covered through the generosity of Liberty Fund. In addition, participants will receive a stipend of $400 (contingent on full attendance at program activities) to defray the cost of travel to and from the program site.

Participation is based on a competitive application process. Qualifications and program details are below – please consider these seriously before applying.

  • Applicants must be current K-12 school teachers, with priority given to high school teachers
  • Teachers who attended a Liberty Fund weekend during the 2018-2019 school year are not eligible to apply for the 2019-2020 year
  • All program participants must stay on-site, even if they live near the program site
  • Spouses and/or guests are not allowed due to the full schedule
  • Your room is reserved for Friday and Saturday nights, and in almost all cases is a double-occupancy room you will share with another program participant; there is no accommodation for single rooms
  • You must attend all sessions and functions over the weekend in order to receive the stipend check, which is given out at the end of the program on Sunday
  • Please check into travel costs before applying, since you will need to pay for these yourself in advance of the program

Presidents and the Constitution: George Washington,13-15 September 2019, Valley Forge, PA

  • Program hosted at historic Valley Forge, with site visit
  • Discussion Leader: Dr. William Allen

Presidents and the Constitution: Abraham Lincoln, 11-13 October 2019, Springfield, IL

  • Visit the Lincoln Home and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
  • Discussion Leader: Dr. Jason Jividen

President Ronald Reagan’s Developing Perspective on Liberty, 21-23 February 2020, Simi Valley, CA

  • Visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
  • Discussion Leader: Dr Stephen Knott

Relevant Dates

  • Early February 2019: Application window opens for one week
  • Early March 2019: first notification – accepted, alternates, declines
  • Mid- March 2019: second notification – accepted, alternates
  • 15 March 2019: RSVP deadline for accepted and alternates


Due to demand, teachers may apply for only one program, and application is no guarantee of program placement.

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