Education Programs for High School Students (Ninth – Twelfth Grades)
The Clinton Presidential Library offers a variety of educational experiences for elementary, middle and high school classes visiting the museum. All student tours are scheduled Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. School groups, homeschool groups, and school personnel are admitted for FREE with a reservation. All additional adults will be admitted at the group rate of $8.00 per adult.
To make a reservation for a school group or field trip, fill out our online reservation form here.
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Best of Both Worlds
Presented in partnership with Heifer International.
This partnership allows students to tour the sites of two international nonprofit organizations located in Little Rock. This visit will include tours of the Clinton Center and Heifer Village – two buildings that have attained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. The tours are designed to be grade-level specific and will last up to two and a half hours.
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Student Presidential Tour
The Student Presidential Tour is docent-led and includes the Clinton Center’s orientation film, a tour of its Life in the White House, Oval Office, and the current temporary exhibit. Additionally, high school students will spend time in the Cabinet Room exhibit with the computer interactives to explore, in detail, some of the major decisions of the Clinton Administration. This tour will last one hour and 15 minutes.
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Little Rock Nine and the Congressional Gold Medal Tour
Presented in partnership with Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.
This partnership allows students to tour both the Clinton Center and the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site in order to explore the significance of the Little Rock Nine, the impact their actions had on America, and the inspiration they provided to President Clinton during his formative years and beyond. On tour at the Clinton Center, students will see one of the Congressional Gold Medals presented to the Little Rock Nine at a special ceremony at the White House in 1999. This tour will last approximately three hours.
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Advise the President: William J. Clinton – What Should The United States Do About The Kosovo Crisis?
As they assembled around the long table of the Cabinet Room, President Clinton, his Cabinet secretaries, and other government officials made tough choices about the nation’s future. We invite students to experience these high-level negotiations through a classroom activity that allows them to play the roles of foreign policy advisors who, among other things, planned and implemented military missions in Kosovo. The Civic Literacy Tour will utilize the Clinton Center’s permanent exhibits, including the Cabinet Room and the Policy Alcoves, in addition to a classroom component. Educators may choose between a one- or two-hour tour and program. The two-hour program provides students with a more in-depth experience based on the National Issue Forum (NIF) deliberation format. More information about NIF is available at www.nifi.org.
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Hope, Endurance, and Justice
In 2009, the Clinton Center received a sapling taken from the white horse chestnut tree outside Anne Frank’s Secret Annex where she and her family hid during World War II. The Anne Frank Tree Installation stands as a symbol of hope, endurance, and justice on the grounds of the Clinton Center. It commemorates the injustice of the holocaust, as well as the Indian Removal Act of 1830, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the Little Rock Central High School integration crisis of 1957. On this guided tour, with an optional self-guided experience, students will visit the Anne Frank Tree installation and examine these historic episodes which serve as poignant and painful reminders of the complicated journey toward social justice in Arkansas and around the world. After the guided tour, students will reflect with a lesson in the Clinton Center Classroom.
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Temporary Exhibit Programs
Art of Africa: Diplomacy of Gifts
Over the course of history, world leaders have been exchanging gifts as a gesture of mutual respect. These gifts often draw from the country’s culture to highlight sources of pride and tradition. In addition, many of these gifts showcase unique cultural elements, such as history, resources, or religion. In the classroom discussion, students will gain a better understanding of other countries through an in-depth study of select cultural artifacts exchanged during President Clinton’s tour of Africa.
African art is as diverse as the continent itself, ranging from traditional masks and wood carvings to ornately designed batik and kente cloths. Art of Africa: One Continent, Limitless Vision explores the colors, shapes, and textures of Africa through the William J. Clinton Presidential Library’s stunning collection of art from the continent as well as pieces from President Bill Clinton’s personal collection.
This exhibit features a dynamic presentation of textiles, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and clothing given as gifts to President and First Lady Clinton by African Heads of State and by the artisans who created them. This exhibit immerses visitors in Africa’s diverse spirit of artistic expression that continues to evolve today.
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Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu
Ubuntu (oo’boon(t)oo) – a quality that includes the essential human virtues: compassion and humanity.
Students will listen to the speech given by Nelson Mandela in 1964, noted by the Washington Post as “the defining speech of the anti-Apartheid movement, from the dock of a Pretoria courtroom.” After listening to his speech, students will focus on the life of President Mandela and participate in a facilitated discussion surrounding the events of his life. The discussion will also include the social and political climate of today’s South Africa.
Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu commemorates the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela through photographs by Matthew Willman as he revisited many of the locations that played an important role in South Africa’s route to racial equality and President Mandela’s personal fight for freedom. Visitors will travel throughout South Africa with Mandela via Willman’s camera lens: Mvezo Village, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Robben Island. The exhibit will also feature artifacts from Mandela’s life on loan from The Nelson Mandela Foundation as well as artifacts displaying the deep connection between Presidents Mandela and Bill Clinton from President Clinton’s own collection.
From humble beginnings to a life dedicated to resistance, Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu tells the story of a young South African boy who became a man prepared to die in the name of equality, justice, and freedom. This exhibition provides a platform for sharing the values so richly present throughout President Mandela’s life to understand the role forgiveness, leadership, truth, and sacrifice play in overcoming the challenges we face in society today.
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Louder Than Words – Rock, Power, and Politics: Activism
While touring Louder than Words – Rock, Power and Politics, students will explore how the exhibit showcases the social reactions to activism and music and the attempts of censorship on musicians that defined 20th century politics. In a classroom discussion, students will evaluate the relationship between music and free speech and will consider how modern day artists continue to exemplify the power of words.
Since it burst on the scene, rock and roll has been the soundtrack of American life. It’s been there at every moment – in war and peace, in the struggle for human rights, in triumph and tragedy. Politically, it marches with us in protest, champions the American Dream, supports campaigns, and amplifies our voices when we demand change. It embraces those who are different and encourages other to do the same. Rock and roll is the voice of “us” – of people around the world who strive to be heard. It reflects our world or a call for it to change. The music speaks for us and with us, and ultimately is louder than words.
Using video, multimedia, photographs, periodicals and artifacts, this exhibit showcases the intersection between rock and politics. It will explore how artists exercise their First Amendment rights, challenge assumptions and beliefs, stimulate thought, and effect change.
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Special Events & Programs
Clinton Foundation Ideas Matters Essay Contest
In today’s interdependent world, we all face many challenges, including increasing opportunity for girls and women, improving childhood health, creating economic opportunity and growth, and helping communities address race relations.
Arkansas students in eleventh and twelfth grades are invited to write a 500-word (minimum) essay exploring one of these four themes. Students are asked to define a challenge, propose an idea to alleviate that challenge, and develop a strategy for putting that idea into action. The student with the winning essay will be awarded a $2,500 college scholarship. The essay must be submitted by November 12, 2017. Send entries to Joyce Willis, Educational Programs Manager, Clinton Foundation, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201, or www.clintonfoundation.org/ideasmatteressay.
Postmark Deadline: November 12, 2017
Student Presidential Leadership Series
This interactive workshop will present effective leadership in modern times by drawing on examples from recent presidents. The workshop, designed by Dr. Mike Hemphill, Director for Academic Programming at the Clinton Foundation, will expand students’ capacities to serve as successful leaders in their schools and communities. We encourage educators, counselors, and administrators to identify student leaders or those with leadership potential to participate in this program to better develop their skills. Space is limited to the first 75-100 students.
November 15 • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
December 6 • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Letters from Anne and Martin
Presented in partnership with the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.
Join us at the Clinton Presidential Center for Letters from Anne and Martin, a performance that combines the iconic voices of Anne Frank and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Developed from excerpts from The Diary of Anne Frank and Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” this program evokes the important messages from these legendary figures as they write of their hopes and plans for a peaceful and unified world. Following the presentation, staff of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect will facilitate a discussion.
October 19, 2017 • 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & noon – 1:30 p.m.
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Conversations with a Holocaust Survivor: Mrs. Irene Butter
The Clinton Center’s outdoor installation, The Anne Frank Tree, provides a unique opportunity for students of all ages to learn more about the ongoing struggle for social justice and human rights. On January 31, 2018, on the Jewish holiday Tu BiShvat, which means “New Year for Trees,” Holocaust survivor Mrs. Irene Butter will lead two educational programs. Butter was born in Berlin and grew up as a Jewish child in Nazi-occupied Europe. A survivor of two concentration camps, she came to the United States in 1945. Since the late 1980s, she has been teaching students about the Holocaust and the lessons she learned during those traumatic years. She continues to travel the country and speak about the Holocaust and her upcoming memoir, Seize the Sky, which will further detail her journey. Please register for the program here.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 9:30 am
Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 9:30 am
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Empowering Girls and Women
In celebration of Women’s History Month, this program will feature women who have reached new heights and inspired others to reach their full potential. This program is inspired by the Clinton Foundation’s efforts to advance the full participation of girls and women, and will feature a panel of women who served in the Clinton Administration. Additional details will be announced.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Student Workshop
Presented in partnership with FBLA.
This workshop is designed to introduce FBLA members to the fundamental principles of engaged and authentic leadership. It will be presented in part by an alum of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, an historic collaboration between the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson, which aims to produce bold and principled leaders. Students will explore leadership as an intentional and coordinated effort with others. Workshop activities will help students better understand how their values and the values of others influence their abilities as leaders. In addition, students will learn to effectively communicate as leaders who mindfully connect with others.
April 9, 2018
Day of Action: Global Youth Service Day
Presented in partnership with City Year and the Arkansas Food bank.
Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest service event in the world and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth. Every year, the Clinton Foundation celebrates GYSD with a special service-learning program and “Day of Action” service opportunity for Arkansas high school juniors and seniors. This Day of Action provides a platform where anyone can give back and get involved and inspires others to come together to make a difference. In 2017, 272 students and community members volunteered to pack 42,000 cans which provided meals for Arkansas families. Space is limited.
April 20, 2018
School Group Tour Information
All student tours are scheduled Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. Students, homeschool groups, and school personnel are admitted for FREE with a reservation. All additional adults will be admitted at the group rate of $8.00 per adult. To make a reservation for a school group, complete our online reservation form at www.clintonfoundation.org/cpcschooltour or call Volunteer and Visitor Services at 501.748.0419.
Limited bus transportation grants for school districts are available. For more information, please contact Joyce Willis at 501.748.0472.
Transportation assistance is made possible by a generous grant from Bank of America Foundation.
Our award-winning on-site restaurant, Forty Two, can provide healthy lunches for your school visit. For more information about menu options, contact Courtney Channell at 501.537.0042.
Clinton Museum Store
The Clinton Museum Store, now located inside the lobby of the Clinton Center, offers a diverse selection of unique memorabilia and gifts, including books, accessories, collectables, and more. The Museum Store also features items related to the current temporary exhibit. Special packages for school groups are available. Call 501.748.0400 for more information. Shop online at www.clintonmuseumstore.com.
Oval Office Group Photos
Following your student group tour, photos of your group in the Oval Office are available for purchase from an exclusive photographer. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Clinton Digital Library?
The Clinton Digital Library is a virtual research room and digital repository that provides free and open access to the digitized collections of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum to everyone, anywhere in the world. Whether you are a lover of history, a student working on a school project, or a scholar, the Clinton Digital Library allows you to keyword search for archival documents, videos, audio recordings, and photographs and to search, browse, and view whole files, just as you could if you came to the Library’s research room in-person.
This online exhibit revisits the history of the 1957 Central High crisis through select quotes from President Clinton’s remarks at the 40th Anniversary Commemoration, an examination of the speechwriting process required to craft these remarks, documents, and images from the archives at the Clinton Library. The exhibit also provides links to additional historical materials maintained by other institutions.
In September 2017, we commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. As someone who remembered the event as a child, and as President during the 40th Anniversary Commemoration, President Clinton holds a special connection to this history.
Speechwriters met with President Clinton to craft a message that would commemorate the sacrifice and courage of the Little Rock Nine and inspire those who heard the message to step out in similar acts of courage. The writers addressed the failures of a system of government that attempted to exclude individuals from the American Dream and resolved that America would only ever truly be great if everyone had equal access to opportunities.
- Compare Speech drafts on the “What happened here” page to the actual speech
- In groups of two or three write a recommendation for award of the Congressional Gold Medal for an outstanding citizen that deserves recognition, and create a medal based on their accomplishment use the “We must all thank them” as a guide.
- Research a site (not already listed on the national registry) that may have significant historical value and write a recommendation for preserving it on the National Historic Registry just as President Clinton’s administration did, “Honor those who made it possible”
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- Civics Commemorating Courage 40th Anniversary of Desegregation of Central High Frameworks
- U.S. Government Commemorating Courage 40th Anniversary of Desegregation of Central High Frameworks
- U.S. History Commemorating Courage 40th Anniversary of Desegregation of Central High Frameworks
This exhibit contains digitized items that highlight the Administration’s commitment to Education Reform through increasing investments and raising standards. This exhibit focuses on President Clinton’s efforts to reform education in the State of Arkansas, the Goals 2000: Educate America Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This exhibit provides access to more than 1,000 digitized files related to Education Reform.
Improving education was a cornerstone of the Clinton Administration. President Clinton helped raise expectations for all students and invested in proven strategies to elevate educational performance. The Clinton Administration supported states in developing rigorous standards, systems of assessment, and accountability. While President Clinton invested more in schools, he also demanded more from these schools. This led to remarkable progress in key areas such as implementing standards and accountability, improving student performance, closing the achievement gap, expanding access to technology, and making higher education more affordable.
- President Clinton received a copy of the book Bearstone, have students read the book then select one of the following projects to summarize the book as an oral presentation
- A dust cover for the book based on their interpretation – students redesign the dustcover
- Lunch bag book talk with three items that relate to the book and why
- Create a rap song that summarizes the book in song
- President Clinton made changes in education in Arkansas and across the nation; have students look at some of these on “Achievements in Arkansas Education Reform” page and “Goals 2000“ page, then have students brainstorm current education policies and create a “bill” to submit to the federal government to improve education;
- Debate – Have students process the documents contained within the archival records to create and cut debate cards on education reform. *Debate 2017/18 Education Reform Topic
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- Civics Education Reform Frameworks
- U.S. Government Education Reform Frameworks
- U.S. History Education Reform Frameworks
- World History Education Reform Frameworks
- Arkansas History Education Reform Frameworks
- Debate I – Education Reform Frameworks
- Debate II – Education Reform Frameworks
- Debate III – Education Reform Frameworks
- Debate IV – Education Reform Frameworks
- Journalism I – Education Reform Frameworks
- Journalism II – Education Reform Frameworks
- Journalism III – Education Reform Frameworks
- Journalism IV – Education Reform Frameworks
- Journalism Semester Education Reform Frameworks
- Journalism Year Education Reform Frameworks
This exhibit contains photos and documents from the Clinton Digital Library highlighting some of the most popular musical artists of the 20th Century. Featured artists include Fleetwood Mac, U2, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, and David Bowie. Growing up, President Clinton loved music, especially Rock and Roll of the ’50’s and ’60’s. As President, he once stated that “one of the nice things about being President was that nearly anyone would come perform for him.” President Clinton delighted in meeting and getting to know the talented musicians of his generation.
Activity Suggestions (Links)
- Rock music has been the soundtrack for American presidential elections for decades.
- Digital classroom, the rock hall’s online hub for educators
- Teach, and inspire through the power of rock & roll
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- Civics Rock and Roll Beat Frameworks
- U.S. Government Rock and Roll Beat Frameworks
- U.S History Rock and Roll Beat Frameworks
- World History Rock and Roll Beat Frameworks
- Arkansas History Rock and Roll Beat Frameworks