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White House Historical Association
2020 White House History Teacher Institute
07/06/2020 - 07/17/2020
Monday - Friday
David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House 1610 H Street NW Washington DC 20006 U.S.A.

The White House is an enduring symbol of the United States. The structure serves multiple roles as a home, office, museum, and stage. For over 200 years, many individuals have influenced the space including first families, enslaved individuals, foreign visitors, curators, and the American public.

At the White House History Teacher Institute (WHHTI), you will discover the wider history of this iconic building and explore how you can use these stories to enhance your classroom.

This immersive teacher professional development is a five-day summer program in Washington, D.C hosted by the White House Historical Association. The Institute features discussions with historians, local site visits, inquiry-based learning activities, special speakers, exclusive access to resources, and networking with fellow educators from across the country.

For 2020, we will be offering two sessions:

  1. July 6-10, 2020
  2. July 13-17, 2020

During WHHTI, the program will work to address these essential questions:

  • Why does the White House matter? How has the structure and symbolism of the building changed over time?
  • How did the White House and surrounding neighborhood reflect larger movements and changes in United States history?
  • Who has contributed to the White House over the centuries? What stories of individuals have gone untold in popular White House narratives?
  • How has the White House facilitated the role of the Executive Branch and the duties of the President of the United States?
  • How did the White House evolve to simultaneously act as a home, office, museum, and stage?

The program is open to all K-12 educators. In order to attend, you must apply as space is limited.

Applications open on December 1, 2019 and close February 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.

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