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.

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President's Park offers a variety of teacher workshops throughout the year that focus on a number of disciplines.

These workshops are designed to complement 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 symposia from educators. If you would like to suggest a topic or area for a workshop, please contact us.

 

Currently Offered Teacher Workshops

Every Kid in a Park

This 1-day workshop is designed specifically for 4th grade teachers in the Washington, DC area. The workshop, which focuses on a program known as "Every Kid in a Park," will introduce teachers on how to schedule and visit the White House. Participants will review pre/post curriculum materials and learn how a school can qualify for free transportation to President's Park/White House and the National Mall and Memorial Parks.

Teachers who attend one of the workshops will have first choice in selecting a White House tour date and the funds provided for busing (if you qualify). The program will start in mid-October 2017 and conclude in May 2018. Tours are scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Space is limited, so you do not want to miss this opportunity.

During the teacher workshop you will have the opportunity to explore the White House Visitor Center, meet other teachers, hear new ideas, and discover ways to enhance your students' experience when they visit the White House. In addition, a ranger will review how teachers can obtain free "Every Kid In a Park" 4th grade access passes for their students. This pass is for all federal land and waters and is valid for 1 year. Teachers will receive all the materials needed for the program at the teacher workshop.

Things to bring with you to the workshop are:

  • laptop (not required but would be helpful)
  • light sweatshirt or sweater (the classroom can be cold)
  • camera or cell phone to take pictures

Light refreshments will be served (coffee, danish, juice, etc.) in the morning and some light snacks in the afternoon. It is recommended that you bring a bag lunch since we are only allowing 30 minutes for lunch.


Who: 4th Grade Teachers
When: September 23, 30 or October 7, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20230 (Located in the Department of Commerce building.)
Cost: Free!

Sign Up: Space is limited, register here.


Climate Change

What: Teachers in grades 4-12 are invited to take part in a professional development workshop focused on the subject of climate change. During this 3-day workshop, scientists, educators and others will provide participants with background information as well as hands-on experience and instruction using a variety of techniques that can be used in the classroom and/or the park. Teachers will have an opportunity to explore local National Park sites, and use historical images, articles and scientific data to examine how park sites are being influenced by Climate Change.
Who: Teachers in grades 4-12
When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 through Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Department of Commerce White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20230
Cost: Free!

Sign Up: Space is limited, register here.


War of 1812

What: We are excited to share that on August 11 & 12, 2017, President's Park will sponsor a 2-day Teacher Workshop for grades 4-12 on the War of 1812 at the White House Visitor Center! Participants will visit several historic sites that were impacted by the War of 1812. Teachers will explore the different lessons and review an updated traveling trunk on the War of 1812. One objective of the workshop is to show teachers how these lessons can be incorporated into project based learning (PBL) and the current standards that already exist at the high school, middle school, and elementary levels.
Who: Teachers in grades 4-12
When: Friday, August 11, 2017 and Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Department of Commerce White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20230
Cost: Free!

Sign Up: Space is limited, register here.
 
 

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Last updated: September 14, 2017

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