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The Washington, Jefferson & Madison Institute is a non-profit Virginia corporation established in 2004. Listed on the Virginia Department of Education website, WJMI offers local seminars for secondary school teachers in Virginia. Classes qualify for recertification points and are taught by WJMI faculty, visiting college professors and guest lecturers. For upcoming seminars, see the "Calendar".


"The Character and Statesmanship of George Washington" Seminar co-sponsored by WJMI and the Center for American Studies at Christopher Newport University, Friday, February 21, 2014
Video of Presentations available online:
David J. Bobb, "The Character of George Washington"
Jeffry H. Morrison, "George Washington and Religion"
Stephen F. Knott, "The Presidency of George Washington"
Tony Williams, "Washington's Farewell Address"

Core Teacher Seminars

The Institute has sponsored continuing education seminars for Virginia secondary school teachers since 2007. Seminars have been held at historic Prospect Hill near Charlottesville, Virginia, and in 2014 others will be held at Christopher Newport University in partnership with their Center for American Studies. See: WJMI seminars are designed to meet the requirements for teacher recertification. Teachers come from county high schools (and middle schools) in the surrounding Charlottesville area curso de fotografia para ebaconline, including: Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Orange, Louisa, Fluvanna, and Nelson counties. Teachers from around Virginia including Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach have also recently attended. Core WJMI seminars include the following topics:


  • Jefferson & Madison's Guide to the Constitution
  • Rediscovering George Washington: The Indispensable Man
  • James Madison: Father of the Constitution
  • Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
  • John Adams: Colossus of Independence
  • Benjamin Franklin: The Sage of Philadelphia
  • Religion and the Founding of the American Republic
  • The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
  • Founding Principles of the Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights: Charter of Freedom
  • Alexander Hamilton & the Constitution


The following individuals have served as presenters at WJMI Seminars:

  • DR. STEVEN P. BROWN, Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science, Auburn University; Author of Trumping Religion: The New Christian Right, The Free Speech Clause and the Courts.
  • DR. STEPHEN F. KNOTT, Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College; Co-chair, University of Virginia's Presidential Oral History Program and Director, Ronald Reagan Oral History Project; Author of Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth.
  •  DR. DAVID J. BOBB, President of the Bill of Rights Institute; former Director, Hillsdale College Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship; Lecturer in Politics; Author of Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America's Greatest Virtue.
  • DR. JEFFRY H. MORRISON, Associate Professor of Government at Regent University and a faculty member at the federal government's James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation in Washington, D.C.; Author of John Witherspoon and the Founding of the American Republic, and The Political Philosophy of George Washington.
  • TONY WILLIAMS, Program Director of the WJMI, and Author of four books, including America's Beginnings: The Dramatic Events that Shaped a Nation's Character.
  • J. DAVID GOWDY, Founder & President, WJMI; Author “Jefferson & Madison’s Guide to the Constitution”

Civic Seminars

WJMI also offers civic seminars on the U. S. Constitution and has previously presented for the following organizations: Charlottesville League of Women Voters, Albemarle-Charlottesville Republican Women's League, United Women's Forum, Sons of the American Revolution, Rotary Club, and other citizen groups.

prospecthill home01Accolades from Teachers who have attended WJMI Seminars

"I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to the first seminar presented by the Washington, Jefferson, Madison Institute. Wow! Little did I realize how enriching the Institute's seminars would be ... The small informal setting of the seminars, along with the superior ancillary materials provided for us to use, are excellent. Each seminar I have attended has made me a stronger U.S. Government teacher, and has given me deeper insight into our founding fathers and their vision for our country. I would highly recommend the WJMI seminars. You will leave with a deeper understanding of the men we have all grown to admire and to be able to take this knowledge back to the students is a true gift indeed!"

Martha Holt
U.S. Government Teacher
Fluvanna County High School, Virginia

"Thank you so much for a great conference ... I think the Washington Jefferson & Madison Institute does an incredible job and all the great resources you give us are fantastic. I think sometimes conferences rely too much on trying to teach teachers to teach. We know how to do that, ... [but] you give us tools to make us more rounded historians, so we can take back solid information to our students ... it is very appreciated."

Kallan Parsley
U.S. History Teacher
Nelson County Middle School, Virginia