An Exercise in Leadership

The Situation Room Experience amplifies the difficulties and worldwide repurcussions of managing a national crisis from the White House. What would you do in the Situation Room?

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Schedule your Group Visit

View the Situation Room Experience calendar of availability and register your group to attend the simulation in California or Texas.

  • California

    Register your group to attend the simulation at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. You may click Frequently Asked Questions to download answers to the most common questions for scheduling a group visit to the Situation Room Experience at the Reagan Presidential Library.

    Situation Room Experience at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

    Texas

    Register your group to attend the simulation at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Please email Bush43Education@nara.gov after completing your reservation.

    Situation Room Experience at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Required Materials for Group Visits

★ Mandatory Webinar

All educators registering to bring school groups to the Situation Room Experience in California are required to complete an online webinar on “how to prepare” at least two weeks in advance of your scheduled visit.

★ Bus Scholarship Application

Each Presidential Library and Museum has established a fund to provide free transportation for qualifying school groups. Apply today for funding! You may download the application form for California or Texas below. Funds are limited and may not be awarded to every applicant.

★ Permission to Play and Photography Release Forms

The SRE staff must receive a permission to play form signed by parents, guardians, and students, if 18 or over. Make sure you have chaperones, parents, guardians, and students, if 18 or over, fill out and return the downloadable photography release form. The Situation Room staff must receive a photography release form for each person in the simulation, as a participant or observer. You may email or mail the permission to play and photography release forms to the SRE staff in advance of your trip or bring a hard copy of the forms with you on the day of the field trip.

★ Pre-Visit Lesson

This classroom-ready PowerPoint presentation is designed to engage students in the key concepts explored in the Situation Room Experience. In one or two class periods, your students will examine the roles of cabinet members and the Executive Office of the President. Additionally, your class will explore the work of the press and the complex and important interaction between the Executive Branch of government and the press. You may click additional education resources to access activities, lesson plans, and other digital materials from the National Archives for teaching with primary source documents.

★ Role Assignment Guide and Explanations for Students

Educators know their students. The “role assignment guide” was created to assist the educator in determining which roles to assign students. Each role is explained and student qualities are suggested; the guide provides space for the educator to list the paired names of each student with the role assigned. The “role assignment” guide is a critical “before you visit” document Situation Room staff need returned to support your visit. During the pre-visit presentation, your students are given the opportunity to research information about the role they are assigned in the simulation and present their findings to their peers. For example, if you assign a student a role as a government official, they will receive information about what that position entails in the real world as well as fictional details about their character for the simulation. The role explanations and worksheet for students allows all of the students to become familiar with each role and who plays it before the simulation and is vital for a successful experience. Instructors are encouraged to bring the students’ worksheets with them on the field trip.