National Oratory Fellows
The National Oratory Fellows program is a professional development program for educators teaching Grades 5 to 8. 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.
As a National Oratory Fellow you will:
- Participate in group professional development sessions with a select cohort of teachers across the country.
- Work with a Ford’s Theatre Teaching Artist to design and implement an oratory integrated unit in your classroom. The Ford’s Teaching Artist “visits” the classroom via video-conferencing equipment or Skype.
- Join us in Washington, DC in May for a professional development retreat and culminating event at Ford’s Theatre.
This program relies on video-conferencing capabilities. Classrooms need the following:
- Access to the Internet
- Computer in the classroom
- LCD projector, interactive whiteboard or similar
Applications are closed for this school year. Program is open to previous Ford’s summer teacher institute participants only.
For more information please contact Cynthia Gertsen, 202-434-9529 or email.
2015-2016 National Oratory Fellows
- Kathryn Notarpole: Stapley Junior High School, Mesa (3rd year)
- Angela Hambleton: Lafayette Elementary School, Lafayette (4th year)
- Barbara Connery, James Morris School, Litchfield (1st year)
District of Columbia
- Angelo Parodi, John Eaton Elementary School, Washington (1st year)
- Giani Clarkson: Howard University Middle School, Washington (2nd year)
- Wally Hames: Kuna Middle School, Kuna (5th year)
- Dave McIntire: The Independent School, Wichita (4th year)
- Joyce Erb-Appleman: Greenbelt Middle School, Greenbelt (2nd year)
- Ashley Moss-Pham: Roberto Clemente Middle School, Germantown (3rd year)
- Krista McKim: Alternative Programs of Montgomery County (3rd year)
- James Rossi: Northern Middle School, Hagerstown (4th year)
- Jennifer Erdtmann: James Bridger Middle School, Independence (6th year)
- Catherine Plumb-Sperry: James Bridger Middle School, Independence (4th year)
- Jeff Weary: James Bridger Middle School, Independence (2nd year)
- Mike Buchanan: Keya Paha County School, Springview (6th year)
- Darrin Comstock: Andersen Middle School, Omaha (2nd year)
- Georgette Hackman: Cocalico Middle School, Denver (4th year)
Part of NCLE Center for Literacy Education 2014.
Photos of Center for Education by Maxwell MacKenzie. Photo of high school student performing at Ford's Theatre by Reflections.