The Governor's Decision Room

The
Governor's
Decision
Room

An executive educational experience

Student leaders,
learning together

Imagine a multiday, solution-based learning experience that allows your students to collaborate as they determine the best course of action for the governor during actual historical events. Using original documents and media, you and your students begin in your classroom where the background and context are presented through lessons from our course book. The final day of the experience takes place in the Governor's Decision Room, where students use once-confidential documents and media to process, develop and devise a real-life, real-time strategy to move forward. Then the governor presents the chosen course of action to the press. This capstone activity lets students compare their decisions with history, as they discover and discuss the plan implemented during the actual event. Through experiential learning, students broaden their problem-solving skills. The intensity of the lesson and the importance of each event help students collaborate and deliberate under pressure. They enhance their leadership skills and their understanding of government as they learn about Michigan's role in national historical events.

Labor Strike
1937

Students make hard choices as they face
a major sit-down strike in Flint.

Detroit
1967

Students face complex issues during the
summer of urban and racial unrest.
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This is a more rewarding experience than a textbook setting.

–Karsen, Student

It's my decision to put the city back in place, and it was a big decision. I felt like I was back in 1967.

–Raphell, Student

This program offers students a new sense of immersion.

–Austin, Student

It's my decision to put the city back in place, and it was a big decision. I felt like I was back in 1967.

–Raphell, Student

This is a more rewarding experience than a textbook setting.

–Karsen, Student

This program offers students a new sense of immersion.

–Austin, Student

Schedule your class and make the Governor's
Decision Room part of your curriculum.

The program offers:

  • Classroom course books (including teacher’s guide)
  • Optional combined classes
  • A fixed program price of $5 per student
  • Convenient bus parking**
  • Assistance with transportation costs*
  • Access to Michigan History Museum exhibits**
*Grants are available to assist with expenses, per certain guidelines. **Lansing location only.

Learn more or schedule your class today.

Please contact Rachel Clark at the Michigan History Center

Lansing, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
517.335.3192
clarkr@michigan.gov

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