2014 Student Projects

The Civics Renewal Network brought four dozen students from across the nation to Washington, D.C., for a Constitution Day program. These middle and high school students used their civic skills and knowledge to improve their school or community. Accompanied by their teachers, the students participated in Constitution Day events organized by the network, including the […]

2014 Naturalization Ceremonies

Organized by the Federal Courts, nearly 30 naturalization ceremonies were held across the country as part of the Constitution Day and Citizenship Day celebration. This is the first year that the Federal Courts coordinated a nationwide celebration involving naturalization events. Federal judges administered the oath of citizenship to an estimated 8,500 new citizens in ceremonies from Yosemite Park in California to the Alamo in Texas and the Thurgood Marshall Federal Courthouse in New York City. Many students witnessed or took part in the ceremonies by reciting the Constitution’s Preamble.

Media Advisory for Constitution Day

This year Constitution Day, Wednesday, Sept. 17, and the 225th anniversary of the drafting of the Bill of Rights will be celebrated by an unusual variety of events spanning the nation, including naturalization ceremonies at iconic sites, students taking the “Preamble Challenge,” a panel in Washington examining the role of civics in American life, and the start-up of an online resource for civics education.

Check Out ‘Congress Creates the Bill of Rights’

Within the half-billion pages of records in the care of the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives, there are some special treasures from the First Congress that show how the ratification of the Constitution necessitated the creation of the Bill of Rights, and how the creation of the Bill of Rights, in turn, […]

Introducing ‘Documents of Freedom’

The Bill of Rights Institute has launched a complete textbook titled Documents of Freedom: History, Government, and Economics Through Primary Sources. This robust resource is completely FREE to teachers and includes eight units with readings, student activities, handouts, videos, and more. Here are some other awesome features: See how Documents of Freedom compares to the […]

Civics Renewal Network Recognizes Student Civic Actions

The Civics Renewal Network is bringing four dozen students from across the nation to Washington, D.C., for a Constitution Day program. These middle and high school students used their civic skills and knowledge to improve their school or community. Accompanied by their teachers, the students will participate in Constitution Day events organized by the network, […]

2015 Harlan Institute – ConSource Virtual Supreme Court

This competition offers teams of two high school students the opportunity to research cutting-edge constitutional law, write persuasive appellate briefs, argue against other students through video chats, and try to persuade a panel of esteemed attorneys during oral argument that their side is correct. This year the competition focuses on Zivotofsky v. Kerry, exploring whether […]

A New Online Course on the Constitution

Sign up for a new eight-week course called Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases here. The course, which debuts on September 17, Constitution Day, offers an introduction to the U.S. Constitution and landmark Supreme Court cases interpreting it. It explores the Constitution’s origins, its amendment over the years, and methods of constitutional […]

Welcome to the Civics Renewal Network!

We give you access to the best civics education resources of the network’s 26 organizations. Find classroom materials for any grade level. Want to teach the First Amendment? Start here. What makes the Civics Renewal Network different from doing a Google search? Curated content. A Google search returns dozens, if not hundreds of unsorted results. […]