Ninth - Twelfth Grades Educational Programs

Permanent Exhibit Programs & Tours

Educators may add a classroom discussion and screening of the Clinton Center’s orientation film where President Clinton tells his life story in the context of the American experience during the 20th century. This will add an additional 20 minutes to your visit.

The Student Presidential Tour
This signature tour inspires students to learn more about the life and legacy of the 42nd President of the United States by introducing them to the important issues and policies addressed by the Clinton Administration. While viewing the Policy Alcoves, there will be dedicated time to discuss the Confronting Conflicts, Making Peace alcove and examine how President Clinton and the United States mobilized its strength in the cause of peace and urged the global community to choose reconciliation over revenge. Students will have the opportunity to understand key decisions of the Clinton Administration while sitting at the Cabinet Room table, explore the Oval Office, understand the significance of a White House State Visit, and study the essential role and impact of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. This tour will last up to 90 minutes. Click here to register your students for a Guided Tour.

Best of Both Worlds
In Partnership with Heifer International
This partnership allows students to visit the sites of two international nonprofit organizations in Little Rock. This experience will include a guided Student Presidential Tour at the Clinton Center and a guided tour of Heifer Village. Best of Both Worlds is designed to be grade-level specific and will last up to 140 minutes. Students will spend 60 minutes at the Clinton Center and 60 minutes at Heifer. An additional 20 minutes are included for travel from the Clinton Center to Heifer. Click here to register your students for a Guided Tour.

Best of Both Worlds
In partnership with Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
Guided Tour
This partnership allows students to tour both the Clinton Center and the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site to explore the impact of the Little Rock Nine and their long-standing relationship with President Clinton. At the Clinton Center, students will see and learn about the significance of one of the Congressional Gold Medals presented to the Little Rock Nine during a special ceremony at the White House in 1999. Students will also visit the Oval Office and Cabinet Room. At the Historic Site, students will tour the visitor’s center and learn about the sacrifice and struggles of the nine Civil Rights pioneers who changed the course of history. This tour will last approximately 140 minutes. Students will spend 60 minutes at the Clinton Center and 60 minutes at the National Historic Site. An additional 20 minutes are included for travel. Click here to register your students for a Guided Tour.

Civic Literacy: The Crisis in Kosovo
Guided Tour and Program
The enhanced Civic Literacy program infuses contemporary history, photos, and speeches to commemorate 20 years since the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) secured the freedom of Kosovar Albanians – a plan spearheaded by President Clinton, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Students will take part in the National Issues Forum (NIF) deliberation format, which will guide them through the difficult decision-making process by closely weighing the advantages and disadvantages of three different strategies: diplomacy, military force, or isolation. After a public deliberation, students will compare their choices to the decision made by President Clinton on March 24, 1999. Students will also visit the Clinton Center’s permanent exhibits, including the Cabinet Room and selected Policy Alcoves. More information about NIF is available at www.nifi.org. Contact Education Programs Manager Nate Thomas at [email protected] to discuss how we can tailor this program for you. This program will last up to 160 minutes. Click here to register your students for a Guided Tour.
Hope, Endurance, and Justice
Guided Tour and Program
Students will visit The Anne Frank Tree installation and examine four historical episodes – the Holocaust, the Indian Removal Act of 1830, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the Little Rock Central High School desegregation crisis of 1957 – which serve as poignant and painful reminders of the complicated journey toward social justice in Arkansas and around the world. Following the guided tour, students will participate in a moderated discussion of topical issues of the day, reflecting on the themes of hope, endurance, and justice. This program will last up to 60 minutes. Click here to register your students for a Guided Tour.

Temporary Exhibit Tours

Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea
April 27-October 27, 2019
Pollution & Plastic
Guided Tour
Plastic pollution has developed into a worldwide problem, and each year the threat to ocean animals only increases. On this tour, students will engage in global conversations about the impact of plastic pollution and learn how national policies can make a difference. Additionally, students will take a closer look at the sculptures of Washed Ashore to uncover that art is more than the sum of its parts and leave inspired to take action to revitalize the oceans. This tour will last up to 60 minutes. Click here to register your students for a Guided Tour.

Waterways
In partnership with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Guided Tour
This partnership, inspired by Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, allows students to visit the sites of two organizations located in Little Rock. This experience will include a tour of Washed Ashore at the Clinton Center and a tour of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Waterways is designed to be grade-level specific and will last up to 140 minutes. Students will spend 60 minutes at the Clinton Center and 60 minutes at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. An additional 20 minutes are included for travel. Click here to register your students for a Guided Tour.
Fusion: Arts + Humanities Arkansas
The Mighty Mississippi: The HeART and Soul of the Southern Delta
December 2019-March 2020
Self-Guided Tour

…Like It’s 1999: American Pop Culture in the 1990s
November 23, 2019-May 17, 2020
Self-Guided Tour

Special Events & Programs

Environmental Leadership Discussion with Dr. Mamie Parker
October 2, 2019 • 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Great Hall
We invite your students to hear from Dr. Parker, whose life is an example of how to turn an interest in biology and the environment into a career of public service. Dr. Parker has received many accolades, including the distinguished Presidential Rank Award, and created the first Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office in Conway. Born in Wilmot, Arkansas, her mission is “Helping Others Keep Growing and Going.” Bring your students so they too can learn how to be a part of the conservation effort. Click here to register for this special program.

Fall Service Day
October 4, 2019 • 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
In partnership with the City of Little Rock & City Year Little Rock
Great Hall
The second annual Fall Service Day is hosted in partnership with the City of Little Rock and City Year Little Rock. This year, we will feature state Rep. Jamie Scott, who has received numerous community awards for her public service. We also will host a panel of current and past alumni of City Year and AmeriCorps who will share the lasting impact public service has had on their lives. The day will begin at the Clinton Center with an icebreaker that will encourage students to engage with their peers from other schools, followed by the panel discussion and a hosted lunch. After lunch, the students will participate in a service project sponsored by the City of Little Rock that will inspire them to find more ways to give back to their community. Click here to register your students for Fall Service Day.

Out Loud
October 11, 2019
In partnership with The Yarn
Great Hall
The Clinton Center is proud to partner with The Yarn, a unique storytelling organization, to celebrate National Coming Out Day!
There are two ways educators and their students can participate in this event. Do you have an LGBTQ student or ally who has a story to tell? Please encourage them to apply HERE by September 18. Storytellers will be chosen by mid-September, and The Yarn will provide mentoring and speech coaching for all students selected. Teachers are also encouraged to make reservations to bring their students on Friday, October 11, to listen to the powerful stories of their peers.
 
The Yarn uses the power of story to amplify voices, build understanding, and create space for human connection.

The Young Entrepreneur
October 18, 2019 • 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon
Great Hall
This workshop will motivate future business leaders of all types by introducing them to the basics of entrepreneurship and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. This year, the series will feature a panel of local business leaders and entrepreneurs who turned their passions into successful careers. More details to be announced. Click here to register your students for this special program.
Student Presidential Leadership Workshop
December 5, 2019
Great Hall
This interactive workshop will explore effective leadership in modern times by drawing on examples from past presidents and contemporary leaders, and it will challenge students to identify their core values. During the workshop, led by Dr. Mike Hemphill, Director of Academic Programming for the Clinton Foundation and Director of Presidential Leadership Studies, students will participate in a conversation with a community leader who will inspire them to make a difference in their schools and communities. We encourage educators, counselors, and administrators to identify student leaders, or those with leadership potential, to participate in the program to better develop their skills. Space is limited to the first 100 students. Click here to register your students for this special program.

Ideas Matter Essay Contest
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2020
The Clinton Foundation focuses on creating economic opportunity, improving public health, and inspiring civic engagement and service. Arkansas students in 11th and 12th grades are invited to write a 1,500-word (minimum) essay exploring one of these three focus areas. 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 top three students will be recognized, and the student with the winning essay will be awarded a $2,500 college scholarship. The essay must be submitted by February 1, 2020. Send entries to Nate Thomas, Educational Programs Manager, Clinton Foundation, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201, or CLICK HERE to submit it online.

Clinton Center Future Leaders Series
Workshop: November 1, 2019 • 6-9 p.m. & November 2-3, 2019 • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Planning Session: January 18, 2020
Student Forum: April 1, 2020 • 9:30 a.m.-noon
Great Hall
The Clinton Center Future Leaders Series will bring together a combined group of 30 high school students and educators who seek to make an impact on their communities. Space is very limited, and applications are now open for students and educators. Click here to apply for the Future Leaders Series.
The first session of the Future Leaders Series is an intensive two-day workshop in November, facilitated by Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA), 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 for navigating conflict. The students and educators will meet again January 18, 2020, to frame the topic for the second annual Student Forum on April 1, 2020.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is September 18, and selected participants will be notified by September 30.   

About Just Communities of Arkansas:
Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA) aims to transform Arkansas into the nation’s most inclusive, equitable, and upwardly mobile place for all who live, work, or play here. With roots dating back over half a century, JCA builds capacity for systematic change so all people in Arkansas are treated like human beings and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Student Forum
April 1, 2020 • 9:30 a.m.-noon
Great Hall
Rooted in student-driven content, the second annual Student Forum will be planned and facilitated by students from the Future Leaders Series and will engage students in exploring an issue that matters to the next generation of leaders. Bring your class to participate in civic discussions, hear from subject matter experts, and demonstrate the power of dialogue. 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. The issue to be explored will be announced in January 2020. Space is limited. Click here to register your students for this special program.

The Debate
Fall 2019 • 9:30-11 a.m.
Spring 2020 • 9:30-11 a.m.
Great Hall
“The Debate” challenges high school debate students to deliberate on topics while inviting a student audience to gain perspective on both sides of a headline issue. The debate will be held in the Great Hall of the Clinton Center and will encourage the student audience to remain engaged while providing questions for the debate teams via a live digital survey. Ultimately the student audience will determine the winner by measuring the change of audience opinion – through digital polling – before and after the debate. Click here to register your students for this special program.

Fall 2019 topics and dates to be announced soon. 


Day of Action: Global Youth Service Day
April 17, 2020
In partnership with City Year Little Rock & the Arkansas Food Bank
Great Hall
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 at the Arkansas Foodbank for Arkansas high school juniors and seniors. This Day of Action provides a platform where everyone can give back and inspire others to come together to make a difference. Last year, 220 students and community members volunteered to pack 26,370 pounds of produce, which provided meals for Arkansas families. Each school is limited to 20 student participants. Click here to register your students for Global Youth Service Day.

 

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The Clinton Presidential Center offers a unique perspective of the work – past, present, and future – of the 42nd President of the United States William Jefferson Clinton. It also provides year-round educational and cultural opportunities to visitors of all ages that reflect President Clinton’s lifetime commitment to advancing opportunity for everybody, instilling responsibility throughout our society, and cultivating a sense of community within our great nation. The Clinton Center is home to the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, the Little Rock offices of the Clinton Foundation, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, and is a managing partner of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

Our renowned on-site restaurant, 42 bar and table, offers a variety of dining selections for Clinton Center visitors and locals alike. Featuring unparalleled views of the lighted pedestrian bridge and a menu with a delicious blend of local favorites and internationally-inspired cuisine, 42 bar and table ensures a presidential experience for every guest. Admission fees are NOT required to dine at 42 bar and table; however, regular admission fees apply to tour the museum. Visit Website

The Clinton Museum Store, conveniently located in the lobby of the museum, offers a diverse selection of unique memorabilia and gifts, including books, accessories, collectibles, and more. The Museum Store also features items related to the current temporary exhibit. Admission fees are NOT required to shop at the Museum Store; however, regular admission fees apply to tour the museum. Visit Website