High School Programs


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.

Tours

Student Presidential Tour
The Student Presidential Tour is docent-led and includes a tour of its Cabinet Room replica, Life in the White House, Oval Office replica, and the current temporary exhibits. Additionally, high school students will spend time in the timeline and alcoves to explore the various roles of the President (Chief Executive, Commander in Chief, Chief Diplomat, Ceremonial Head of State) and examine significant administrative initiatives and accomplishments.  This tour will last one hour and 15 minutes.
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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 Presidential Library 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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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 Presidential Library 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 Presidential Library, 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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Classroom Programs

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 the American response to genocide in Kosovo. The tour highlights the Clinton Presidential Library’s permanent exhibits, including the Cabinet Room and the Policy Alcoves. This two-hour program provides students with an interactive experience through the National Issue Forum (NIF) deliberation format. More information about NIF is available at www.nifi.org.
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Preparing for New Threats

Hope, Endurance, and Justice
Presented by the Clinton Foundation
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

White House, Green Building
September 8, 2018 – March 24, 2019
The Economics of Environmental Policy
Can laws that protect the environment be good for the economy? In our temporary exhibit, White House, Green Building, students will learn about how President Clinton worked to protect the environment and what makes the Clinton Presidential Library a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building. In the classroom, students will review key pieces of environmental legislation signed by President Clinton and public remarks he gave in support of those policies.

White House Collection of American Crafts: 25th Anniversary Exhibit
September 15, 2018 – March 31, 2019
Art Culture
Presented by the Clinton Foundation
During the 1970s and 80s, craft art combined “form and function, elegance and spontaneity, tradition and experiment” and energized art collectors. After viewing the White House Collection of American Crafts: 25th Anniversary Exhibit, students will
investigate the meaning behind several works in the collection and why First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton considered them so important. Students will then explore how craft art has evolved from the 1970s to today.

Best of Both Collections
Presented by the Clinton Foundation in partnership with the Arkansas Arts Center
In conjunction with our current temporary exhibit, this partnership allows students to visit the White House Collection of American Crafts: 25th Anniversary Exhibit at the Clinton Center and view drawings, contemporary craft, and special collections at the Arkansas Arts Center. The combined tours are limited to 100 students and are designed to be grade-level specific and will last up to 2 1/2 hours.

 

Clinton Foundation Special Events & Programs

Fall Service Day
September 28, 2018
Inspired by our annual Global Youth Service Day program, the inaugural Fall Service Day is hosted in partnership with the Arkansas Foodbank. The day will include a conversation at the Clinton Center with Director Angela Oxford and Assistant
Director Claire Allison of the University of Arkansas’s Center for Community Engagement, followed by a hands-on service project at the Arkansas Foodbank. September is Hunger Action Month, so our service and programming will focus on food insecurity in Arkansas.

Near Normal Man: A Conversation and Documentary Showing with Holocaust Survivor Ben Stern
October 4, 2018 • 9:30 am, 11 am
The Clinton Center’s outdoor installation, The Anne Frank Tree, provides a unique opportunity for students to learn more about the ongoing struggle for social justice and human rights. Students will view Near Normal Man, a 30-minute documentary film, featuring a first-hand account by Ben Stern. Mr. Stern survived two ghettos, nine concentration camps, the Nazi physician Josef Mengele, and two death marches. After the showing, he will reflect on the film and his experiences as a Holocaust survivor.

Conversations with Anne
Presented in partnership with the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect
October 18, 2018 • 9:30 am, 11 am
October 19, 2018 • 9:30 am
Held in conjunction with Anne Frank Tree installation, this one-act solo performance is taken directly from Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl. Conversations with Anne gives the audience an interactive look at Anne’s experience of her time in hiding. After the performance, the actress will answer questions in character. Anne Frank’s diary is used in the performance to illustrate the dangers of intolerance, antisemitism, racism, and discrimination in hopes of inspiring communities to build a world based on equal rights and mutual respect.

American Craft Student Art Expo 
November 5, 2018 • 11:00 am
To complement our current temporary exhibit, The White House Collection of American Crafts: 25th Anniversary Exhibit, the Clinton Center will host the American Craft Student Art Expo. The Clinton Center invites art teachers to challenge their students to create their best craft art made from wood, clay, glass, textiles, or metal. Craft art may include decorative arts that fuse beauty with functionality or studio crafts which includes pottery, weaving, and woodworking. On November 5, 2018, students are invited to bring their final art pieces to the Great Hall of the Clinton Center to receive feedback from a renowned artist. The students’ art will be photographed for an online gallery that is similar to one that First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton narrated for The White House Collection of American Crafts Exhibit, which was the first Internet virtual gallery ever created. Additionally, select pieces will be exhibited in a pop-up exhibit at the Clinton Center. Additional details to be announced.

Seeds of Peace
Workshop: November 9, 2018 • 6 pm – 9 pm, November 10, 2018 • 10 am – 9 pm, November 11, 2018 • 10 am – 12 pm
Planning Session: January 19, 2019
Ideas Matter Student Forum: March 28, 2019
With a mission of creating more inclusive schools and communities, Seeds of Peace is a three-part series that will provide 15 educators and 15 students the opportunity to create change in their communities. The first session is an intensive two-day workshop that offers the opportunity to build meaningful relationships across identity lines, explore difficult issues that affect the lives of teens and educators in Arkansas, and learn new skills in navigating conflict. The students and educators will meet again on January 19, 2019, to frame the topic for the inaugural Ideas Matter Student Forum on March 28, 2019.
Students and educators who are interested should visit:  http://www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org/education to learn more about and apply to the Seeds of Peace Workshop. Selected participants will be notified in September.

About Seeds of Peace:
For 25 years, Seeds of Peace has been a leader in person-to-person conflict resolution. Through a dialogue model, nearly 7,000 teens from communities experiencing conflict have been brought together to engage in meaningful dialogue and leadership development programs.

Ideas Matters Essay Contest
Postmark Deadline: November 12, 2018
The Clinton Foundation focuses on creating economic opportunity, improving public health, and inspiring civic engagement and service. Arkansas students in eleventh and twelfth grades are invited to write a 1,000 -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 Nate Thomas, Educational Programs Manager, Clinton Foundation, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201, or www.clintonfoundation.org/ideasmatteressay.

Student Presidential Leadership Series
December 5, 2018 • 9:30 am, 11 am
December 7, 2018 • 9:30 am, 11 am
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 100 students.

Empowering Girls and Women
March 6, 2019
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.

Ideas Matter Student Forum
March 28, 2019
Rooted in student-driven content, the Ideas Matter Student Forum will be planned and facilitated by students and will engage students in exploring an issue that matters to the next generation of leaders. Students in attendance will participate in civic discussions, hear from subject matter experts, and demonstrate the power of dialogue. Ideas matter, and students will leave knowing that their ideas matter and understanding the power of informed action to energize the next generation of thought leaders and engaged citizens. This forum is planned by the Seeds of Peace participants. The issue to be explored will be announced in January 2019. Space is limited.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Student Workshop
Presented in partnership with FBLA
April 2019, Date TBA
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.

Day of Action: Global Youth Service Day
Presented in partnership with City Year and the Arkansas Foodbank
April 2019, Date TBA
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.

 

School Group Tour Information

Practical 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.

Transportation Assistance
Limited bus transportation grants for school districts are available. For more information, please contact  the Clinton Foundation education department at 501.748.0557.

Transportation assistance is made possible by a generous grant from Bank of America Foundation.

42 bar and table
Our award-winning on-site restaurant, 42 bar and table, can provide healthy lunches for your school visit. For more information about menu options, contact the restaurant 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, collectibles, and more. The 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.

 

Digital Library Exhibit (DLE)

The DLE is a web-based platform for students and teachers to visit archives and museums without leaving the classroom. This virtual field trip allows students and teachers to examine primary source materials including documents, videos, photographs, and museum objects. Students will have the ability to research topics using these primary source documents related to a particular exhibit topic.

Exhibits

Commemorating Courage: 40th Anniversary of Desegregation of Central High
Click here for exhibit description, curriculum connections, and activity suggestions.

Education Reform – Invest More, Demand More
Click here for exhibit description, curriculum connections and activity suggestions.

“Days Like This”: President Clinton’s Public Diplomacy in Northern Ireland
Click here for exhibit description, curriculum connections, and activity suggestions.

The Rock and Roll Beat: Musicians and White House Related Events
Click here for exhibit description, curriculum connections, and activity suggestions.