Looking to bring your students to see where history happened or to see a performance? Looking for a professional community of like-minded teachers?

Our Programs

We offer professional development, teacher preview workshops, field trips and more.

Civil War Washington

Summer 2019

Professional Development

Explore the nation’s capital as President Lincoln would have known it during the Civil War. The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington week-look summer teacher program is for 3rd- through 12th-grade teachers.

The Seat of War and Peace

July 2019

Professional Development

Learn about monuments and memorials in the nation’s capital and examine how we remember the Civil War in this week-long summer teacher program for 3rd- through 12th-grade teachers.

Field Trips

Bring your students to see where history was made and learn about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and its lasting impact on our nation.

Distance Learning

No matter where you are, you can learn about President Lincoln’s assassination and Civil War Washington through our distance-learning programs.

Teacher Preview Workshop

We offer teachers the chance to see our mainstage performances for free, plus a workshop to learn strategies for bringing a show’s concepts into your classroom.

Student Matinees

Bring your students to see a performance on our historic stage and examine the American experience through live theatre.

Oratory Residency and Festival

February 2019

Professional Development

Up to 20 classes in the D.C.-metro area participate in the local festival, with five school visits from a Teaching Artist and a performance on the Ford’s stage.

Lincoln Online Oratory Project

Festival Day: Monday, April 15

Distance Learning

Through this unique program, students will learn one of President Abraham Lincoln's historical speeches, the fundamentals of performance and public speaking skills. At the end of this project, your class is invited to create a video of the speech they learned to showcase their performance skills. 

National Oratory Fellowship

Sept. 2018-May 2019

Professional Development

Join this national cohort of 5th- through 8th-grade teachers in this multi-year professional development program designed to help integrate public speaking and performance skills into your classroom.