The Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26).

National Oratory Fellows

National Oratory Fellows at Ford's Theatre

The National Oratory Fellows program helps educators learn how to use oratory and performance as teaching strategies in history and ELA classrooms. Learn how to make history content come alive for your students as they discover the meaning and context behind some of history’s greatest speeches, and the people who spoke them.

As a National Oratory Fellow you will:

  • Participate in group professional development sessions with a select cohort of teachers across the country.
  • Work with a Ford’s Theatre Teaching Artist to design and implement an oratory integrated unit in your classroom. The Ford’s Teaching Artist “visits” the classroom via video-conferencing equipment or Skype.
  • Join us in Washington, DC in May for a professional development retreat and culminating event at Ford’s Theatre.

To apply:
Applications are closed for this school year. Please check back in July 2016 for the 2016-17 school year. Program is open to previous Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows only.

For more information please contact Cynthia Gertsen, 202-434-9529 or email.

2015-2016 National Oratory Fellows




District of Columbia




  • Joyce Erb-Appleman: Greenbelt Middle School, Greenbelt (2nd year)
  • Ashley Moss-Pham: Roberto Clemente Middle School, Germantown (3rd year)
  • Krista McKim: Alternative Programs of Montgomery County (3rd year)
  • James Rossi: Northern Middle School, Hagerstown (4th year)





Part of NCLE Center for Literacy Education 2014.

Photos of Center for Education by Maxwell MacKenzie. Photo of high school student performing at Ford's Theatre by Reflections.