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 […]

Civic Literacy Contest

The National Constitution Center is pleased to announce the new Civic Literacy Contest that focuses on the successful implementation of the Interactive Constitution online tool. The contest challenges public and private school teachers in Philadelphia to develop multiyear plans to improve constitutional literacy, with the chance to earn cash prizes of up to $100,000 to […]

National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution

In the Interactive Constitution, scholars from across the legal and philosophical spectrum interact with each other to explore the meaning of each provision of the Constitution. Scholars are selected with guidance from leaders of the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society — two prominent constitutional law organizations that represent different viewpoints on the Constitution. […]

Coalition of Freedom Short Story Contest

The National Constitution Center is pleased to announce the Coalition of Freedom Short Story Contest, made possible thanks to the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation. The Short Story Contest invites 11th grade students to compose short stories exploring the civic virtues embodied and demonstrated by the Founders during the drafting and ratification of […]