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White House Historical Association

“Informative, professional, hands-on, content rich, and awesome! Full immersion in the history of the White House and how it impacts our country—it is a history teacher’s dream!” 2017 Cohort Member

The White House is an enduring symbol of the United States. Discover the history behind this iconic building and explore how you can use the stories from the White House to enhance your classroom at the White House History Teacher Institute. This five-day teacher professional development is hosted by the White House Historical Association in Washington, D.C., at the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History. The Institute features discussions with historians, local site visits, inquiry-based learning activities, and more. 

Details for Summer 2018 will be available in the fall. Applications will open on December 1, 2017.

White House Historical Association

Why apply?

Examine the more than 200-year history of the White House and its impact as a home, office, and museum. Learn from experts and devise classroom applications with a group of peers from across the country.    

Who is eligible to apply?

The Institute is open to all educators, including librarians, media specialists, curriculum coordinators, and classroom teachers. Priority will be given to middle and high school educators who work directly with students. 

Does the Institute include a visit to the White House?

We do hope to schedule a tour of the White House, but this cannot be guaranteed. Please be aware that even if we tour the house, it is extremely unlikely that you will meet the President or First Lady. 

“I was completely immersed in White House history for the week, surrounded by professionals who love to learn. This is by far the most enriching professional learning experience in my twenty-one year teaching career.” 2017 Cohort Member

The White House Historical Association (WHHA) is a private non-profit educational organization with a mission to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the Executive Mansion.  

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