Why I’ve Brought My Students to Ford’s Matinees for 10 Years

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More than 1,000 D.C.-area students attendour student matinee performances each year. LaMar Bagley, Ed.D., Director of Student Life for The SEED School of Washington, D.C., has brought his classes for 10 years. LaMar says the experience teaches his students critical thinking and allows them to draw correlations between the history told on stage and their own lives.

We CAN Talk about Politics in the Classroom

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) surveyed more than 10,000 administrators, teachers, counselors and support staff about their post-election classroom and school environment. Data showed that half of teachers surveyed were uncomfortable bringing up the election and politics in their classrooms. We must build a community where students feel comfortable exchanging ideas. Creating a safe learning environment starts on day one of the school year.

Pro-tips for Field Trips: Ford’s and Your Curriculum

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A field trip to Ford’s Theatre is a great way to teach the Lincoln assassination, what Washington was like during the Civil war, Lincoln’s presidency, Reconstruction and even historical memory and legacy. Here’s how to make place-based learning a memorable #BestTripEver for your kids this year.

Books for the Beach

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Lead Teaching Artist Jennie Eng has added next season's plays to her summer reading list. She recently discovered a consistent theme for these seemingly divergent works.

Bringing Podcasting Into the Classroom

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Editor’s note: In the following post, Ford’s Theatre Teacher-in-Residence (summer 2016) Dave McIntire discusses how to use podcasting as a teaching tool for middle school students’ public speaking. As a Ford’s National Oratory Fellow, I strive to create opportunities for my students to share learning through public speaking.  An interesting way I’ve done this is…

Summer in the City: Teachers-in-Residence Share their Expertise

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Summertime with Ford’s Education means welcoming our new Teachers-in-Residence. This year, we have the good fortune of working with not one, but two incredible educators! This year’s powerful duo will help us better understand teachers’ needs and steer us toward developing and implementing more useful resources and programs.