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.

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.

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.

Distance Learning

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

Professional Development

February 2017

Oratory Residency and Festival

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.

Professional Development

Summer 2017

Civil War Washington

Explore the nation’s capital as President Lincoln would have known it during the Civil War, in this week-long summer teacher program for 3rd- through 12th-grade teachers.

Professional Development

July 2017

The Seat of War and Peace

Learn about the Lincoln assassination and the roots of Reconstruction in the nation’s capital, in this week-long summer teacher program for 3rd- through 12th grade teachers.

Professional Development

Sept. 2017-May 2018

National Oratory Fellowship

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.