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

The Ford’s Theatre Education team offers a host of in-person and virtual programs for teachers and students. Check out our offerings below!

Our Programs

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

Distance Learning

Distance Learning

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

Lincoln Online Oratory Project

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

August 2021 - May 2022

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.

Oratory Residency and Festival


Have your students experience and explore the power of historical speeches. Open to classrooms grades three to eight located in the DC metro area. Classrooms receive five in-person visits with a Ford's Teaching Artist to learn and stage a historical speech performance. The program culminates with classrooms performing their selected speech on Ford's historic stage on one of two festival days in early February.

Field Trips

On-Site Programs

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to support social distancing, we will not be accepting group reservations, which means we will not be offering the free field trip program on-site this fall. We encourage you to consider a virtual field trip or other virtual program for your students this year.

Student Matinees

On-Site Programs

Ford’s Theatre offers weekday student matinees, post-show discussions and tailored lessons to complement your curriculum.

Teacher Preview Workshops

Professional Development

Our Teacher Preview Workshops offer resources to teachers to engage deeply with their students about our current productions.

Set in Stone

Summer 2022

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.

Civil War Washington

Summer 2022

Professional Development

The city of Washington was a complex, gritty, unfinished and precarious place during the Civil War. In this institute, connect with peers to illuminate new perspectives and under-told stories, explore historic sites and collect a wealth of resources. Gain tools to help students grapple with histories whose legacies matter today in this program for K-12 educators.