Teacher Workshops

Image of three teachers working on a drawing during an teacher workshop at the White House Visitor Center.
Teachers complete a drawing workshop on the White House with Peter Waddell.


President's Park offers a variety of teacher workshops and symposiums throughout the year that focus on a number of disciplines. These workshops or symposiums are designed to compliment our in-park and in-classroom activities for students, and help teachers better understand the history of the White House, its grounds, and all of President's Park. Teacher workshops also promote a sense of stewardship of the cultural and natural resources found here and in all national parks.

We welcome suggestions for future workshops or symposiums from educators. If you would like to suggest a topic or area for a workshop, please contact us.


Currently Offered Teacher Workshops

Program Title
Program Dates
Educational Opportunities in Washington, DC Area Parks
07/08/2013 - 07/12/2013
Educational Opportunities in Washington, DC Area Parks [registration has closed for this program]
08/08/2012 - 08/09/2012
War of 1812 Teacher Symposium [registration has closed for this program]
08/01/2012 - 08/02/2012

Educational Opportunities in Washington, DC Area Parks
Monday, July 8, 2013 to Friday, July 12, 2013
Time: to be determined | Cost: free

Registration information and a detailed schedule will be available later. The content of this symposium will be similar to the two-day symposium presented in August 2012 (see below).

If you have questions or would like more information, please email or call 202-208-0747.

First Division Monument in foreground with Washington Monument.
The First Division Monument with Washington Monument in the background.


Educational Opportunities in Washington, DC Area Parks
Wednesday, August 8 and Thursday, August 9, 2012
9:00 am to 3:30 pm | Cost: free
Registration information available here.

This two-day symposium will help you learn more about how you can use parks around you as teaching tools. Planned sessions will include an overview of the history of selected downtown Washington parks, including the sites of the National Mall and President's Park. Sessions will also focus on highlighting opportunities for in-park and in-classroom learning opportunities across disciplines. The final schedule will be set later in June.

This program is a cooperative effort between President's Park and the National Mall and Memorial Parks.

Note: To register for this program, please contact Jennifer Epstein at the National Mall and Memorial Parks by email or by phone at 202-438-9584.


War of 1812 Teacher Symposium
Wednesday, August 1 and Thursday, August 2, 2012
8:30 am to 3:00 pm | Cost: free
Registration information available here. Read a letter to teachers and principals with additional program information here (PDF).

Primarily intended for middle and high school teachers of all disciplines. Applications from others accepted on a space-available basis.

This symposium will address the impact that the War of 1812 had on Washington, DC, the White House, the Octagon Museum, and beyond. Teachers will learn about the War of 1812 and how student-designed video projects can be used in the classroom. At the completion of the teacher symposium, teachers will be able to sign up to participate in an international educational pilot program where students from the United States and Ghent would produce their interpretation of the War of 1812 as it impacted their countries. The classes would then meet to exchange video presentations and have a discussion about the war later in 2012.

Two guest speakers will lecture at the symposium: Anthony Pitch, a well known author and expert on the War of 1812, and possibly White House Curator Bill Allman, who will provide additional insight not only on the Madison's tenure in the White House, but also how historic artifacts that had been removed from the White House when the British attempted to destroy it on August 24, 1814, have found their way back into the White House collection.

On the second day, teachers will learn how to produce a video on the War of 1812 using primary documents, a storyboard, music, and sound effects to tell the story of the War of 1812 as it relates to the burning of Washington. At the end of the workshop, teachers will have a solid grasp of how to produce a 7-10 minute video in their classrooms with their students to tell the story of the War of 1812 as it relates to their state or district.


If you'd like to download a slightly more legible copy of the script, please click here.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1100 Ohio Drive, SW
Room 344

Washington, DC 20242


(202) 208-1631
Phone number for the White House Visitor Center and President's Park offices.

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