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D.C. Declaration of Learning
07/20/2020 - 07/24/2020
Monday - Friday
David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House 1610 H Street NW Washington DC 20006 U.S.A.

Several cultural organizations have come together to launch the D.C. Declaration of Learning (DOL) program. This immersive teacher professional development seeks to bring history to life and share the importance of civic engagement through object-based learning.

This program is exclusive for educators in the D.C. metro area* who work in 3-12 grade social studies, language art, fine/performing arts, ESL, ELL, SPED and GT classrooms as well as those who teach as school librarians and media specialists. As a participant, you will gain digital access to historic art, objects, and resources from the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms, the White House Historical Association, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

D.C. DOL begins with a five-day summer workshop (July 20-24, 2020) where participants will work with representatives from the partner organizations to develop innovative units and lesson plans tied to a student-led, teacher-directed civic engagement project that addresses an issue in their community, state, nation, or world. The workshop will also feature special site visits, inquiry-based learning activities, and mentoring from other teachers.

Throughout the following school year, teachers will test and refine their unit and daily lesson plans and execute the civic engagement project. Finally, there will be a culminating celebration event in the summer.

In order to attend, you must apply as space is limited. Applications open on December 1, 2019 and close February 2, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.

*For this program, the D.C. metro area is defined as teaching within the District of Columbia, Montgomery County (MD), Prince George’s County (MD), Arlington County (VA), Fairfax County (VA), and the City of Alexandria (VA) and the City of Falls Church (VA).

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If you are not teaching in the Washington, D.C. metro area, please check out our national program, White House History Teacher Institute with two sessions in July 2020.