Street Law has developed four short how-to videos to help law students, lawyers, and other Street Law educators master some of our popular interactive teaching strategies. Each video also comes with a resource bundle. The videos address: Take a Stand activity; Mini-Moot Court; Deliberation; and Facilitator Tips. Go here to learn more.
#RenewCivics – Constitution Day 2019
Watch highlights of students and teachers around our nation celebrating Constitution Day 2019 and taking the Preamble Challenge!
Teaching the Constitution With Political Cartoons
Join the Center for Legislative Archives to discover how to use political cartoons to teach about the Constitution. This recorded webinar, designed for middle and high school educators, covers techniques for helping students evaluate visual content and ideas for how to use political cartoons to illustrate the “Big Ideas” of the Constitution, such as separation of powers and representative government.
Think the Vote Debate Prompts
Every two weeks during the school year, teachers and their students have the chance to win prizes by making the strongest argument on either side of the latest current events debate prompt. The students who make the strongest case on both sides win a Thomas Jefferson T-shirt, a $25 Amazon gift card, and a chance to win a $1000 scholarship at the end of the school year. Their referring teachers also win a $25 Amazon gift card and swag for them and their entire class. Go here to learn more.
Constitution Day Teacher Toolkit
Just in time for your Constitution Day planning, the Civics Renewal Network has added more excellent resources to its Teacher Toolkit. You’ll find Constitution guides, videos, games, lessons and activities for all grade levels from our 33 partners.
Classroom Resources From the Census Bureau
Statistics in Schools is the U.S. Census Bureau’s education department. It provides resources for teaching and learning with real-life data. Teachers will find classroom resources for grades K-12 for math, history/social studies, geography and sociology as well as games, data access tools, fun facts, historical documents and images, maps, videos, visualizations, and warm-up activities. Look for activities for Constitution Day, too! Additional materials specifically for the 2020 Census will be available in September. Go here to learn more.
Teacher Open House at the Newseum
On Saturday, Oct. 5, NewseumED will hold its final fall open house at its Pennsylvania Avenue location in D.C. Find out what’s ahead for NewseumED and the Freedom Forum Institute. Learn about its free digital classes and content, attend special programs, explore exhibits, take tours and enjoy fun activities with your peers. Admission is free for educators and school and community librarians/media specialists. Register in advance for a chance to win door prizes.
Book a Virtual Class With NewseumED
Did you know that you don’t need to visit the Newseum in person to take a NewseumED class? Its offering of 11 virtual classes will continue after the museum building closes on Dec. 31. So whether you’re across the world or right next door, NewseumED teachers are ready to lead live, virtual classes with your students on media literacy and First Amendment topics. All classes are free. Find the list of classes and booking information here.
NewseumED Seeks Student Advisory Team Members
NewseumED is looking for new members to join its Student Advisory Team for the 2019-2020 school year. Members provide feedback on and contribute to the development of new curriculum, educational programs, and the NewseumED website. It’s a great opportunity for middle and high school students to share their opinions and be part of a team that makes a difference! Applications are due by Sept. 13. Go here for more information and an application.
Visit the National Constitution Center on Sept. 17
Celebrate the Constitution’s birthday at the National Constitution Center on Sept. 17! Events include a flag ceremony and Preamble Challenge; student town hall, where visitors can meet George Washington and Abraham Lincoln; and a birthday celebration with cake, served by Washington and Lincoln. Admission is free. Go here to learn more.