Washington's Cabinet



Set in 18th century AmericaWashington's Cabinet is the second simulation developed for the Situation Room Experience.

In this scenario, some participants assume the roles of the President and the President’s Cabinet in order to manage an international crisis, while others take on the parts of our first senators actively working to persuade and negotiate with colleagues. Additional players represent Native American leaders or members of the hyper-partisan early American press.

Participating students must work together in a high stakes environment to examine a multitude of critical sources and make important decisions about developing events.

This 21st century educational experience is aligned with national and state standards for high school. 



Note: this page pertains to the Washington's Cabinet scenario for California only.
For the Washington's Cabinet scenario at Mt. Vernon Estate in the D.C. Area, please click here.



The following section pertains to step 3 on the reservations page and contains all of the additional resources that you will need in order to prepare your group for the Situation Room Experience.



Role Assignment

In order for your students to participate in the simulation, their instructor must fill this Role Assignment Guide, a critical “before you visit” document that Situation Room staff need returned upon your visit.

Educators know their students.
This document is meant to assist the educator with assigning their students ideal roles within the simulation. Any questions may be addressed during our webinar, when this document will be covered extensively.

Pre-Visit Activities

Almost all of these materials may be used as stand-alone lessons or in preparation for a Situation Room visit. 

The pre-visit Powerpoint and role sheets are considered the minimum required prior to your visit and are vital to a successful experience.

Jumping into 1793 isn't easy, let alone to lead the country. These additional materials were created to prepare your students for the simulation and help them to understand the 18th century perspective.

Post-Visit Activities

After the simulation, you will receive a link to access analytics for your group's experience. You will be able to see the choices your students made during the simulation and use this information to foster discussion.

The Situation Room Experience also provides you with several lessons plans and materials that delve further into the themes, challenges, and historical content of the simulation.


The Situation Room Experience: Washington's Cabinet is aligned with national, California, Maryland, and Virginia standards for History-Social Science Content and English-Language Arts.

The file below contains a list of standards alignments with multiple states.