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

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 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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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 Civic Literacy Tour will utilize the Clinton Presidential Library’s permanent exhibits, including the Cabinet Room and the Policy Alcoves, in addition to a classroom component. This two-hour program provides students with an in-depth 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
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

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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COMING SOON, FALL 2018 – New Temporary Exhibits
White House, Green Building: September 8th, 2018 – March 24th, 2019
White House Collection of American Crafts:   September 15th, 2018 – March 3rd, 2019

 

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 2018 Date TBA

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.
Fall 2018 Dates TBA • 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 Library 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.
Fall 2018 Dates TBA • 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & noon – 1:30 p.m.
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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.
March 2019 Dates TBA

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 2019 Date TBA

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 2019 Date TBA

 

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.