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The Woodrow Wilson HistoryQuest Fellowship

American History

The 2016 WW HistoryQuest Fellowship application process is closed.


Developed with the Institute of Play in New York City, the Woodrow Wilson HistoryQuest Fellowship offers professional development for middle and high school American history teachers in New Jersey. The program aims to use the power of games, play, and digital tools to transform both teacher practice and student engagement. In the long term, it may also provide a new disciplinary resource for university-based teacher preparation. Learn more in this downloadable overview [PDF] of the program.

The Fellowship

Participation in the Woodrow Wilson HistoryQuest Fellowship is by nomination only. Please note that this first round of the program (2016-17) is open only to New Jersey teachers.

  • HistoryQuest Fellows attend free of charge a seven-day workshop during the week of July 17, 2016, in the Princeton, New Jersey area, including single-occupancy housing and meals, with round-trip mileage reimbursed within the state.
  • A ten-month follow-up program—including two scheduled workshops in New York City and consultation by Institute of Play staff—will support Fellows’ use of games in their classrooms.
  • HistoryQuest Fellows will be encouraged to share what they have learned with colleagues in their school and/or district.

Nominating principals and superintendents must affirm that their nominees will be encouraged and supported in the integration of games and simulations into the American history curriculum.

Partner: The Institute of Play

Woodrow Wilson’s program partner, the Institute of Play, is nationally known for its use of gaming and play—digital and otherwise—to develop teachers, engage students, and individualize learning. As the founding partner of the Quest to Learn school, the Institute has received national attention for pioneering a new model of learning with a significant impact on student gains in critical areas like communication and problem-solving. Through initiatives like the TeacherQuest professional development program, the Institute demonstrates its commitment to transforming schools and supporting teachers through gaming and play.

More Information

Downloadable program overview [PDF]


Information for nominators

If you would like more information or have questions about the WW HistoryQuest Fellowship, contact historyquest@woodrow.org.

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