Teacher Programs

Ford’s Theatre teachers, teaching artists and education staff discuss the Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows program and the National Oratory Fellows program. Video created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, 2014.

Ford’s Theatre is committed to engaging education professionals in developing meaningful and useful tools and skills that enhance teaching history and leadership using theatre, speech and storytelling.

Upcoming Events
Learn about upcoming events in education.

Summer Professional Development Programs:

The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows
Join us for a week next summer to explore the worlds of Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass and experience Washington City as it was in the Civil War.
Session Dates: June 18 – 23, 2017 and  July 9 – 14, 2017

The Seat of War and Peace
Join us for a week next summer to explore the Lincoln assassination, its aftermath, Reconstruction and Lincoln’s legacy.
Session Dates: July 23 – 28, 2017

Theatre Programs:

Teacher Preview / Workshops
For most mainstage productions, Ford’s Theatre offers a free preview performance and pre- or post-show workshop to D.C.-area educators. Space is limited; first priority is given to teachers who have reserved tickets for a student matinee.

Teacher Ticket Program
Teachers in any K-12 D.C. school can receive a 20 percent discount on tickets to Ford's Theatre performances (excludes A Christmas Carol and One Destiny) through this special program.

Year-Long Programs:

National Oratory Fellows
This intensive, year-long, professional development initiative program helps educators integrate oratory and performance as teaching strategies into their history and ELA classrooms. The program culminates in a May retreat at the Theatre with student delegates speaking onstage.

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Ford’s Theatre Society thanks BP America for its sponsorship of our
2015-2016 Education programs.

Additional support for all education programs is provided by Comcast NBCUniversal, Target and BAE Systems.

Part of NCLE Center for Literacy Education 2014.