Middle School Programs


Education Programs for Middle School Students (Sixth – Eighth 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.

Frameworks

Select your grade level for a document that contains correlation to the Arkansas Social Studies and Language Arts standards for the tour listed.
All Sixth Grade Programs
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Tours

Best of Both Worlds
Presented in partnership with Heifer International.
This partnership allows students to tour the sites of two world-class non-profit 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 & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. The tours are designed to be grade-level specific and will last up to two and a half hours.
Sixth Grade Best of Both Worlds Frameworks
Seventh Grade Best of Both Worlds Frameworks
Eighth Grade Best of Both Worlds Frameworks

Student Presidential Tour
The Student Presidential Tour is docent-led and includes the Clinton Center’s orientation film, a tour of its Cabinet Room, Life in the White House, Oval Office, and the current temporary exhibit. Students will have a discussion on tour to connect the various roles of the President (Chief Executive, Commander in Chief, Chief Diplomat, Ceremonial Head of State) through the featured permanent exhibitions. This tour will last one hour and 15 minutes.
Sixth Grade Student Presidential Tour Frameworks
Seventh Grade Student Presidential Tour Frameworks
Eighth Grade Student Presidential Tour Frameworks

Ideas Matter
Ideas Matter is a self-guided tour that challenges young leaders to think about the ideas and qualities that have been important to President Clinton throughout his life. A custom-designed guidebook complements the tour and helps students learn about America’s achievements during President Clinton’s time in office. This tour will last one hour and 15 minutes.
Sixth Grade Ideas Matter Frameworks
Seventh Grade Ideas Matter Frameworks
Eighth Grade Ideas Matter Frameworks

 

Classroom Programs

Cabinet Room Simulation: The Crisis in Kosovo
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 utilizes the Clinton Center’s permanent exhibits, the Cabinet Room and the Policy Alcoves, in addition to a classroom component.
Sixth Grade Cabinet Room Simulation: The Crisis in Kosovo Frameworks
Seventh Grade Cabinet Room Simulation: The Crisis in Kosovo Frameworks
Eighth Grade Cabinet Room Simulation: The Crisis in Kosovo Frameworks

Clinton's Cabinet
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.
Sixth Grade Hope, Endurance, and Justice Frameworks
Seventh Grade Hope, Endurance, and Justice Frameworks
Eighth Grade Hope, Endurance, and Justice Frameworks

 

Temporary Exhibit Programs

Art of Africa: Jet Set
In 1998 President Clinton begin a six-country, 12-day visit to Africa, the most extensive journey to that continent ever undertaken by a U.S. President. This trip included a very intricate travel schedule and marked high hopes for a new chapter in diplomatic relations. Students will explore the requirements for citizens to travel internationally while diving into details of President Clinton’s itinerary, some of which can be found within the Clinton Center’s permanent Timeline exhibit.

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.
Sixth Grade Art of Africa Frameworks
Seventh Grade Art of Africa Frameworks
Eighth Grade Art of Africa Frameworks

Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu
Ubuntu ( oo’boon(t)oo ) I – a quality that includes the essential human virtues: compassion and humanity.

In 1995, President Mandela laid a rock down in the limestone quarry at Robben Island where he was forced to work while incarcerated for 27 years. This moment was a symbolic gesture which created a memorial that over 1,300 prisoners have added to by placing their own rocks – and symbolically laying down their burdens. Students will discuss Nelson Mandela’s legacy and how he overcame adversity to eventually lead the nation of South Africa. They will then focus on community building by studying the meaning of the word “ubuntu” to relate their own experiences to the concepts of compassion and humanity.

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.
Sixth Grade Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu Frameworks
Seventh Grade Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu Frameworks
Eighth Grade Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu Frameworks

Louder Than Words – Rock, Power, and Politics Soundtrack of American Life
Since it burst on the scene, rock ‘n’ roll has been the soundtrack of American life, and music from the genre – like Bob Dylan’s “The Times, They Are a-Changin,” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” – has often responded to current events. This classroom activity will present music that speaks on behalf of the American people. Students will discuss current events and create their own soundtrack of music that responds – both in obvious and not-so-obvious ways – to their lives as American teenagers.

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.
Sixth Grade Louder Than Words: Rock, Power, and Politics Frameworks
Seventh Grade Louder Than Words: Rock, Power, and Politics Frameworks
Eighth Grade Louder Than Words: Rock, Power, and Politics Frameworks

 

Special Events and Programs

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.
Sixth Grade Letters from Anne and Martin Frameworks
Seventh Grade Letters from Anne and Martin Frameworks
Eighth Grade Letters from Anne and Martin Frameworks

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.
January 31, 2018
Sixth Grade Conversations with a Holocaust Survivor: Mrs. Irene Butter Frameworks
Seventh Grade Conversations with a Holocaust Survivor: Mrs. Irene Butter Frameworks
Eighth Grade Conversations with a Holocaust Survivor: Mrs. Irene Butter Frameworks

Black History Month Student Programs
Presented in partnership with Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School.
We will celebrate Black History Month with a series of historically-rooted performances by Parkview High School drama, choir, and orchestra students. This annual educational and entertaining experience, inspired by the Clinton Center’s temporary exhibit, Louder than Words – Rock, Power, and Politics, enlightens students about events that influenced the history of our country. Additional program details will be announced.
School Programs:
February 22, 2018 • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. – noon
February 23, 2018 • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. – noon
Public Programs:
February 25, 2018 • 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sixth Grade Black History Month Frameworks
Seventh Grade Black History Month Student Program Frameworks
Eighth Grade Black History Month Frameworks

The Little Rock Nine

Civics Capstone Project Fair – Get Informed, Get Inspired, and Get Going
Each year, ninth grade civics students in the Little Rock School District draw inspiration from Chelsea’s Clinton book It’s Your World to create their own civic engagement projects. Bring your middle school students to see the civics students’ ideas for making the world a better place. Selected students from each of the five LRSD high schools will be on hand to discuss their projects.
Thursday May 3, 2018 • 9:30 am, 11 am
Sixth Grade Civics Capstone Project Fair Frameworks
Seventh Grade Civics Capstone Project Fair Frameworks
Eighth Grade Civics Capstone Project Fair Frameworks

 

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 Joyce Willis at 501.748.0472.

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

Forty Two
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: olivia@freezeframe.com.