National Oratory Fellows

National Oratory Fellows at Ford's Theatre

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
  • Webcam
  • Speakers
  • LCD projector, interactive whiteboard or similar

To apply:
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




District of Columbia




  • 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)





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.