George C. Marshall and World War II

“In a war unparalleled in magnitude and in horror, millions of Americans gave their country outstanding service. General of the Army George C. Marshall gave it victory.”

President Harry S. Truman, November 26, 1945


Both sessions of the 2024 Summer Teachers Institute are currently full, but registration for the waitlist and future programs will be open until July 1.


The George C. Marshall Foundation is hosting two, four-day professional development seminars for secondary school teachers during the summer of 2024 in Lexington, Virginia. The George C. Marshall Foundation Teachers Institute will focus on the practical aspects of teaching World War II. Attendees will finish the week with a portfolio of lesson plans for the 2024–2025 school year. The George C. Marshall Foundation Teachers Institute is ideal for teachers of U.S. History and World History.

The George C. Marshall Foundation is delighted to provide lodging, meals, and a $150 travel allowance for all educators. In addition, teachers who complete the four-day seminar will receive a $400 honorarium and professional development certificate.

The George C. Marshall Foundation Teachers Institute will include sessions at the George C. Marshall Research Library (Lexington, Virginia) and the National D-Day Memorial (Bedford, Virginia). Content matter specialists include Kevin Hymel (U.S. Army), Ed Gitre (Virginia Tech), M. Houston Johnson (Virginia Military Institute), and Bradley Coleman (Marshall Foundation). The program includes three lesson planning workshops.

Educators may attend one of two sessions: Session 1 (June 17 to 20) or Session 2 (July 8 to 11). Each session is limited to 14 teachers. Please email [email protected] with questions related to the George C. Marshall Foundation Teachers Institute. We look forward to seeing you in Lexington in 2024.


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Praise from the 2023 Teachers Institute

“A wonderful week to recharge and re-energize for the upcoming school year. The program deepened my understanding and appreciation for Gen. [George C.] Marshall, which will be invaluable in my classroom.”

—Katherine Tharp, Rodney E. Thompson Middle School, Fredericksburg, Virginia


“I loved the entire program. I have never felt as valued as an educator as I have this week. First class all the way.”

—Devlin Murphy, Manchester High School, Richmond, Virginia


“This was by far the best week of professional development I have ever had, and it felt more like a vacation with how interactive and enjoyable everything was. The staff were incredible and knowledgeable, the lessons were captivating, and the travel experiences all had a concrete goal and purpose.”

—Matthew Turner, Warren County High School, Front Royal, Virginia

Registration for the 2024 sessions closes July 1