Inspired by Abraham Lincoln’s oratory, National Oratory Fellows are a network of teachers who cultivate student voices in Grades 5-8 by making public speaking a part of the everyday classroom experience.

Drawing on Abraham Lincoln’s legacy and example as a powerful orator, you will work closely with our teaching artists and staff to learn the art and science behind compelling and effective public speaking. You will also develop your own powerful voice as a teacher. After this fellowship, you will have practical skills to teach text analysis, public speaking, performance and speech writing in your classroom.

This program is an opportunity to build a national network of like-minded teachers and strengthen oratory skills. We will use video conferencing to connect teachers and Ford’s staff, including an online meeting space to keep conversations active and collaborative.

Fellows travel to Washington, D.C., twice a year to plan and share work. At times throughout the program, they bring student delegates with them to learn and perform on the stage of Ford’s Theatre. You will need internet access and a webcam to participate in this fellowship.

“The program has made me a better, more confident teacher...I believe it to be the finest professional development experience of my career.”

- Dave McIntire, The Independent School

Other Oratory Programs

Lincoln Online Oratory Project

Learn and Speak Lincoln’s Words

Not ready to be a Fellow? Try this instead! Your class receives three Teaching Artist visits and creates a video of a speech performance. Apply by September 15, 2017. This project continues year round.

Past Fellows

Meet our 2016 National Oratory Fellows

Where do our Oratory Fellows teach? Do you have a Fellow in your state? Learn more about this accomplished group, and contact us to connect with one near you.