Explore Great Resources on Two Landmark Cases

This month, the anniversaries of two important Supreme Court decisions are celebrated. Fifty years ago, on June 13, the justices decided Miranda v. Arizona, which established that suspects must be told of their rights to counsel and against self-incrimination before police questioning. Now the Miranda warning, which begins “You have the right to remain silent…,” […]

Brown v. Board, presidential race, Constitutional Convention

Check out these highlights from our resources on the Constitutional Convention, which began on May 25, 1787; the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, which was decided on May 17, 1954; and on the executive branch as your students follow the presidential race. The Constitutional Convention: Four Founding Fathers You May Have […]

Free Constitution Course Available On Demand

Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases explores the Constitution’s origins and its changes over the years, from the initial burst of amendments that brought us the Bill of Rights, through the bloody disruption of the Civil War and into the 20th and 21st centuries. It discusses landmark Supreme Court cases that show […]

Help Your Students Learn About the U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has been in the headlines after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the nomination of Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to fill the vacancy on the court. As the Court nears the end of its term, important decisions will […]

Celebrate Freedom Day on April 13!

Freedom Day is an opportunity to encourage people of all ages to appreciate their freedoms as Americans, to understand the relationship between the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, and to encourage dialogue on the meaning of freedom and its relevance in modern society. For more information about Freedom Day events at the […]

Sign up for Share My Lesson Virtual Conference

Registration is open for the three-day virtual conference, April 5-7, which offers 30-plus webinars in a range of subject areas and grade levels. For every webinar you attend, you can earn one hour of professional development credit. Several Civics Renewal Network partners are presenters. Look for their webinars: Women’s Suffrage and the First Amendment; Primary […]

Women’s History Month, First Congress and the Constitution

This month, we celebrate women’s history. And in March 1789, the Constitution took effect, marking the start of the new government. Members of the First Congress began to gather in New York City for their first meeting. Women in the Military American women have gone to war in various roles throughout U.S. history. Only since […]

CRN Presentation at the MSCSS Conference

Thank you to the teachers and students who attended the Civics Renewal Network’s session at the Middle States Council for the Social Studies Conference in Annapolis, Md. on Feb. 26-27. Here is a list of links that were mentioned in the rapid-fire presentation. National Endowment for the Humanities’ EDSITEment Project Created Equal: History in Film […]

Freedom Day Includes Virtual Supreme Court Competition

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the Harlan Institute and the Constitutional Sources Project have announced their partnership to host the final round of the Fourth Annual Harlan Institute-ConSource Virtual Supreme Court Competition as part of the Center’s Freedom Day Celebration on April 13. The top two teams from the semifinal round will travel, along […]

Presidents Day and African American History Month

Two Civics Renewal Network organizations with a presidential focus provide excellent material for teaching about African American History Month and Presidents Day. Also, this year the Civics Renewal Network will focus on the Reconstruction Amendments. Stay tuned for classroom resources about the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments. Meet People From the Past Bring George Washington’s […]