March 30, 2015
(Photo courtesy of Robert A. Enholm/The President Woodrow Wilson House (L to R: Ahmad, Real World History student and Woodrow Wilson House intern, with Robert Enholm, Woodrow Wilson House Executive Director))
Center for Inspired Teaching is proud to partner with the President Woodrow Wilson House through the Real World History program.
The President Woodrow Wilson House is a historic house museum focusing on President Woodrow Wilson’s “Washington Years” – 1912-1924, when he served as President and then lived in this House thereafter. The House promotes a greater awareness and understanding of President Wilson’s public life, and the legacy of ideas that he left for future generations, through guided tours, exhibitions, and educational programs. The House is a National Historic Landmark and a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Real World History program enables the Woodrow Wilson House intern to acquire and practice a range of skills, such as working in a professional setting, interacting with the public, and collaborating with a professional team. The skills required for a young person to thrive in college or in his or her career go beyond those traditionally taught in high school. Broadly, these would include interacting with a variety of people, being organized, being creative, and solving problems.
“From the first time I heard about the Real World History program, I knew that we would want to participate,” remarked Robert A. Enholm, Executive Director of the President Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, DC. “Introducing high school students in Washington to the possibilities of a career in museums is an excellent idea. Adding to that the opportunity to advance the real world skills of those students makes the idea irresistible.”
“As a non-profit organization with an educational mission, we benefit from seeing our historic site through the eyes of a student. At the Woodrow Wilson House, we have the responsibility to teach history and to look at President Wilson and his times through a historical lens. What we see will lead us to insights about our own times. Assessing President Wilson’s accomplishments and shortcomings, we see that he imagined the world at peace and proposed a plan to achieve that vision. That may be his greatest legacy.”
Learn more about the Woodrow Wilson House at www.WoodrowWilsonHouse.org.