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2018 NCSS Summer Leadership Institute

July 17, 2018 to July 19, 2018

Join NCSS and Colonial Williamsburg for a special Summer Leadership Institute

What Is Your Role? Interpreting Leadership Past and Present in the Social Studies

  • Become acquainted with the foundational concepts of leadership through the lens of 18th century Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • Assess and Define your personal approach to leadership both as a leader and as a follower.
  • Create strategies that make it possible to deal effectively with the challenges facing today’s educational leaders.

$299 per person (NCSS members) / $389 per person (non-members)

Limited to 50 people


Registration includes

  • 17 professional development hours
  • Lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday
    • An optional networking dinner on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 7:00 PM at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg ($50 extra)
  • Admission Ticket to Colonial Williamsburg for the duration of the institute
  • Associated materials for the institute

Travel, accommodations, and dinners are on your own.

Agenda Overview

Day 1

An introduction to leadership and leadership styles, focusing on the characteristics of effective leaders and the recognition of leadership ability of others. Williamsburg’s role in demonstrating leadership, past and present, will consider Virginia’s unique role in fostering American independence and government throughout the centuries. Participants will reflect on what had been presented and its implications for their future actions.

Day 2

An initial orientation tour of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, followed by a series of interactions throughout the day with the early leaders of Colonial America. An investigation of the Declaration of Independence will include a discussion with Thomas Jefferson and his views relative to this particular document. A concluding analysis and discussion of the leadership styles of these early founders will be preceded by a tour of the Capitol.

Day 3

This final morning will be devoted to small group opportunities to reflect on what had been presented during the past two days. Participants will consider their own leadership styles and the implications for their future professional interactions.  

Full NCSS - Colonial Williamsburg Summer Leadership Institute Draft Agenda

Who Should Participate?

This event is open to all (NCSS Members & Non-Members) with an interest in leadership and examining the founders of our nation from multiple levels of our society for social studies education. It is highly recommend for educators with an interest in leadership development, including K-12 teachers, administrators, and other professionals interested in enhancing their leadership skills within the context of social studies education. NCSS Board of Directors, affiliated council leaders, special interest community and committee chairs and members are especially encouraged to attend.

Arrival and Departure Times

The program will begin at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 and end at 12:00 PM on Thursday, July 19, 2018.

Travel and Lodging

Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel expenses. A special rate for conference participants has been secured at:

Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites

105 Visitor Center Drive
Williamsburg, VA, 23185

(800) 261-9530 (ref: CWTI-NCSS leadership workshop)

Room Rate: $115/night

Reservation Cut-Off Date: June 22, 2018

Closest Airports to Colonial Williamsburg


Travel time


Newport News- Williamsburg Int'l Airport (PHF)

35 minutes

Approx. 20 miles

Norfolk International Airport (ORF)

1 hour and 20 minutes

Approx. 45 miles

Richmond Int'l Airport (RIC)

50 minutes

Approx. 45 miles


 Shuttle Services

  • Tidewater Coach services Richmond, Newport News-Williamsburg, and Norfolk airports. Make reservations online at or call (757) 218-9539. Reservations must be made at least one week prior to your travel date and identify yourself as a Colonial Williamsburg teacher program participant.
  • James River Transportation services Richmond International Airport. To make reservations call (855) 831-4343.


Amtrak serves the Williamsburg Transportation Center, located a few blocks from the Revolutionary City. Taxi service is available onsite or call the Williamsburg Inn to make advance arrangements for a shuttle.


  • Bill Barker, Colonial Williamsburg;
  • Lisa Heuvel, Colonial Williamsburg;
  • Lindsay Keiter, Colonial Williamsburg;
  • India Meissel, National Council for the Social Studies;
  • Larry Paska, National Council for the Social Studies; and
  • Colonial Williamsburg Staff




The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation preserves, restores and operates Virginia’s 18th-century capital of Williamsburg, highlighting the relevance of the American Revolution to contemporary life and the importance of an informed, active citizenry. The mission of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is to feed the human spirit by sharing America's enduring story.

National Council for the Social Studies is the largest professional association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.


Colonial Williamsburg
Williamsburg, VA 23187