A group of ten men and women laugh together in a small room. All but one are sitting at tables with lunches on top.
Photo courtesy of Ford’s Theatre.

Empowering Teachers

We empower teachers to share President Lincoln’s legacy.

And donors like you make that possible. When we give teachers across the nation the tools to bring Lincoln to life for their students, your investment in Ford’s has a nationwide impact. In our professional development programs, teachers learn how they can teach leadership and public-speaking through the power of Lincoln’s words and life. Together, we have built a national community of teachers who inspire students and teach the relevance of history to today.

Our Reach

Since 2008, we have cultivated a national community of teachers who use Lincoln’s legacy to inspire a new generation. Through our National Oratory Fellows and Summer Teacher Institutes, we offer intensive, sustained support to strengthen teachers’ skills and content knowledge that improve student learning and leadership. To date, we have reached:

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Hear from Teachers

Our programs make a lasting impact on teachers and their students.

One Girl’s Voice

Bringing History to Life

“The program has made me a better, more confident teacher…I believe it to be the finest professional development experience of my career.”

– Dave McIntire, The Independent School