Thornton teacher selected for White House institute

Michelle Pearson will spend a week learning about new education technology

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Posted 6/26/19

A teacher at Century Middle School in Thornton was selected to attend the White House Historical Association’s exclusive White House History Teacher Institute. Michelle Pearson will spend a week in …

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Thornton teacher selected for White House institute

Michelle Pearson will spend a week learning about new education technology

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A teacher at Century Middle School in Thornton was selected to attend the White House Historical Association’s exclusive White House History Teacher Institute.

Michelle Pearson will spend a week in Washington, D.C., taking a private tour of the White House, learning about new education technology developed by the White House Historical Association, and meet former White House staff.

The first group of 30 teachers will attend the teacher instate from July 8-12, and the second group of 30 will attend July 22-26. 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 Society, including the recently developed Alexa Skill and the White House Experience mobile app.

The White House History Teacher Institute takes 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,” Whitney Hayne, director of education, said in a news release. “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.

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