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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 Executive Mansion to enhance your social studies classroom at the White House History Teacher Institute (WHHTI).

This five-day teacher workshop is hosted by the White House Historical Association in Washington, D.C. The Institute features discussions with historians, local site visits, inquiry-based learning activities, and more.

Applications for summer 2019 will be open on December 1, 2018 and remain open through February 1, 2019! We will be hosting 2 sessions of 30 educators each - first session: July 8-12, 2019 and second session: July 22-26, 2019. To apply, you will need to fill out the online application along with attaching your resume and a letter of support from your supervisor. To receive updates from the Association’s education department sign-up here.

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FAQ

HOW DO I ATTEND THE WHITE HOUSE HISTORY TEACHER INSTITUTE?

Participants are selected through an application review process. To apply, you must submit the online application, a current resume, and a letter of recommendation from a supervisor. The application period will be December 1, 2018 to February 1, 2019.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE INSTITUTE?

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

WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED ABOUT THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?

The application period closes February 1st and we need time to properly review all applications. We will email every applicant by March 1, 2019 if you have been accepted, rejected, or waitlisted.

All accepted applicants must confirm their spot within two weeks by completing an online form and paying a $100 registration fee. This payment covers administrative costs and is non-refundable.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT THE INSTITUTE?

The Institute days are structured to provide a mix of activities including historian lectures, classroom applications, and site visits. Participants will be expected to attend all sessions Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Particular sessions, speakers, and tours will not be set until spring 2019.

We hope to repeat many of the same experiences from previous years which have included – activities at the Diplomacy Center within the U.S. Department of State, conversations with former White House staff members, and a tour of Lafayette Park.

DOES THE INSTITUTE INCLUDE A VISIT TO THE WHITE HOUSE?

We plan to schedule a tour of the White House for each session, but this cannot be guaranteed. Please be aware that even if we tour the mansion, it is extremely unlikely that you will meet the president or first lady.

WHAT EXPENSES DOES THE INSTITUTE COVER?

Housing: The Institute provides shared dorms at George Washington University, Foggy Bottom campus for FREE from Sunday to Saturday.

Typical rooms have 3-4 people sharing a room with an attached bathroom. It is not required to stay in the dorms. Participants who wish to stay extra days, prefer private housing, or do not want the dormitory environment will be responsible for their own arrangements.

Food: We provide breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday. Participants are responsible for their meals on Sunday and Saturday, along with dinners throughout the week.

Transportation/Travel: We do not cover travel costs prior to the Institute. Contingent on full attendance and participation, each participant will receive a $500 stipend check – mailed after the end of the Institute. This stipend is to help offset costs while in D.C.

Each individual participant must make their own arrangements to get to Washington, D.C. We encourage traveling by plane or train if possible. We do not recommend bringing a car, as our Institute’s location is in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. where parking is a premium.

Please send any additional questions to education@whha.org.

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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