Library of Congress Offers Summer Teacher Institutes

The Library of Congress offers five weeklong professional development programs for K-12 educators interested in learning more about the practice of teaching with primary sources. The institutes are appropriate for educators across many disciplines, including: social studies/history, English language arts, science, art, music, and any educators who think primary sources could be used with their […]

Apply for National Constitution Center’s Summer Institutes

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia has announced two weeklong summer institutes, which will focus on the rule of law. Through demonstration, discussion and historic site visits, educators will work with content experts to deepen their knowledge of the history and modern understandings of the rule of law and interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Participants […]

ABA’s Summer Institute for Teachers

Applications are available for the 2018 Summer Institute for Teachers, sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Division of Public Education. Scheduled June 24-29 in Washington, D.C., the institute is designed for teachers of U.S. history, government, civics and law. This year, the topic Federal Trials and Great Debates in United States History will include the […]

2018 Teacher Seminars at Gilder Lehrman

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has released its schedule of teacher seminars for 2018. The weeklong seminars are held at colleges and historic sites across the United States and abroad. K-12 educators will visit local historic sites, get hands-on work with primary sources, and have daily programs with leading historians. The application deadline […]

1,000 Redesigned Constitutions Distributed to Teachers

Thanks to the great generosity and civically minded ThoughtMatter branding agency, teachers across the country received a packet of redesigned Constitutions for their classrooms this fall. ThoughtMatter, a New York-based branding and design firm, redesigned the Constitution with the goal of making it more modern, accessible and engaging to the public, especially younger people, through […]

Bill of Rights Day Resources and Summer Programs

Are you ready for Bill of Rights Day? Get resources here from the Ashbrook Center’s teachingamericanhistory.org, the National Constitution Center, and the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. And be sure to check out News in the Network.

Applications Open for Founders Fellowship Programs

The Bill of Rights Institute has opened the application process for its summer Founders Fellowship programs, two different week-long seminars that will focus on two topics from American history. The first seminar, July 9-13, will examine Manifest Destiny and Western Expansion and will be mostly dialogue-based. The second, July 23-27, will address Presidential Powers: Historical […]

Applications Available for the Constitutional Academy

The Bill of Rights Institute’s summer program brings students to Washington, D.C., where they will spend a week developing their understanding of American politics through deep discussions on critical issues and interacting with scholars, policy makers and national thought leaders. They will also visit places of historical significance. This year’s program will be at Marymount […]

NCSS Presentation on Debating the Constitution

At the NCSS conference in November, representatives from Civics Renewal Network organizations presented a session called “Civics Is Cool Again: Debating the Constitution.” Below, find links to the resources cited in the presentation, which focused on different ways to interpret the Constitution, from the writing of the Constitution to modern-day events. National Constitution Center:¬†Interactive Constitution […]