The Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, including the Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership, will be closed on the following dates: May 20, 2013; June 2, 2013; and June 5, 2013.
Ford’s Theatre teaching artist Stephen F. Schmidt plans with D.C. teachers as part of the 2009 Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows summer institute.
Ford’s Theatre is committed to engaging education professionals in developing meaningful and useful tools and skills that enhance teaching history and leadership to middle and high school students using theatre, speech and storytelling.
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Teacher Preview / Workshops
For our fall, winter and spring mainstage productions, Ford’s Theatre offers a free preview performance and pre-show workshop to D.C. area educators. In addition to a great night out, this program provides teachers with valuable resources for teaching social studies and language themes using theatrical experiences. Space is limited; first priority is given to teachers who have reserved tickets for a student matinee. Workshops include dinner of pizza and salad.
National Oratory Fellows
The program is open to previous Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows. This program helps educators learn how to use oratory and performance as teaching strategies in history and ELA classrooms. Learn how to make history content come alive for your students as they discover the meaning and context behind some of history’s greatest speeches, and the people who spoke them. To see our 2012 Oratory Fellows’ students in performance, click here.
The Catherine B. Reynolds Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows
Join up to 25 teachers to learn about Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and the city of Washington during the Civil War! Come away from your week in Washington familiar with: an array of virtual tours, the oratory skills to get your students on their feet performing speeches by Lincoln and Douglass; comfortable taking students on content-driven experiential learning adventures; and excited about using classroom drama to help historic characters come alive!
Teaching American History Grant Recipient Groups
Ford's Theatre offers a number of dynamic programs for Teaching American History Grant groups. Our education staff can also work with you to customize your experience based on your needs.
Teacher Ticket Program
Public and private teachers for schools in the District of Columbia receive a 20 percent discount on tickets to Ford's Theatre performances (excludes A Christmas Carol and One Destiny).
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Ford’s Theatre Society thanks BP America for its sponsorship of our 2012-2013 Education Programs.