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Set in 18th century America, Washington's Cabinet puts participants in leadership roles of people who were integral in the foreign policy decisions made in 1790s Philadelphia and determine the fate of the young United States. Assuming the roles of President Washington, his Presidential Cabinet, US Senators, foreign ambassadors, Native American leaders, and members of the press, students must actively work together with colleagues to manage both international and domestic crises.
Washington's Cabinet is a high stakes environment where students examine the functions of the American government through a multitude of sources and active participation for 75 minutes. Students must come together and utilize important skills like persuasion, communication, conflict resolution, and organizational leadership to make decisions during a critical time in Washington's Presidency.
This 21st-century educational experience requires a group size of 24 to 54 students and is aligned with national and state standards for high school. The program runs for a minimum of two hours (with the additional option of adding a mansion tour).