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Two Lexington teachers headed to nation’s capital for ‘White House History Teacher Institute’ in July

Lexington teachers Aaron Cain from Henry Clay High School and Delvin Azofeifa from Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Excellence have been selected to attend the White House Historical Association’s exclusive “White House History Teacher Institute” in July.

During their week-long visit to Washington, D.C., the teachers will take a private tour of the White House, learn about new education technology developed by the White House Historical Association and meet and hear talks from former White House staff. The Institute is held just a block from the White House.

The week-long immersive educational experience will be held for two groups of 30 teachers from across the country and feature exclusive visits to historic sites, introductions to new education resources and technology, and opportunities to learn about White House history from White House historians and former White House staff.

The first group of teachers will attend the White House History Teacher Institute July 8-12 and the second group will attend July 22-26. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, teachers will be immersed in White House history, learning about topics that include the construction and expansion of the White House, the evolving role of the First Lady, the art of diplomacy in the Executive Branch, and the role of the White House as a living museum for the American people.

Educators will also sample and provide feedback on classroom tools created by the White House Historical Association including the recently developed Alexa Skill and the White House Experience mobile app.

The White House History Teacher Institute will take place at the White House Historical Association’s David M. Rubenstein Center for White House History, located just a block from the White House.

Teacher Institute participants were selected from a competitive pool of candidates and represent more than 30 states, Washington, D.C., and the country of France. Teachers also represent the elementary, middle and high school level with a majority specializing in social studies.

“The Association’s education department seeks to create materials that can easily mix, match, and integrate into many different classroom environments,” said Director of Education Whitney Hayne. “By exploring the stories of the White House and our resources during the Teacher Institute, participants gain a unique lens that can freshen up their existing curriculum and engage their students in new ways.”

Registration for the White House History Teacher Institute in 2020 will be available in late fall of 2019 at whitehousehistory.org.

From White House Historical Association

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