Saturday Seminars at the National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center has released its schedule for Saturday Seminars in 2019-2020. The seminars, which provide four reportable professional development hours, enhance participants’ instructional strategies for teaching the Constitution in their classroom through tours, classroom application sessions, and practicing civil dialogue techniques. There is no cost to attend, but educators will have to successfully register for the program. Registration for each seminar opens twos months before the date. The topics include: Getting Ready for Constitution Day, Voting Rights, Civil War and Reconstruction, the Presidency, the Second Amendment and Federalism. Go here to learn more.

Constitutional Ambassadors Program Opens

Beginning in September 2019, teachers and students from across the country can participate in the Constitutional Ambassadors program, which extends from the classroom to the National Constitutional Center with a daylong educational experience, and then back to the classroom, where students can connect with other classrooms across America for crucial conversations on current constitutional issues. The experience includes classroom-ready resources from the Interactive Constitution: Classroom Edition to prepare for the visit; an immersive visit filled with tours, workshop focused on key constitutional concepts, and Town Halls where students have the opportunity to meet constitutional experts; and support after the visit to promote civil dialogue in the classroom. Sign up here to learn more.

Educators Open House at National Archives

The National Archives invites D.C. metro area educators of all levels to its 2019 Educators Open House on Thursday, Sept. 12. The open house will feature a special public program held in conjunction with the exhibition “Rightfully Hers,” celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment. National Archives educators will be on hand to answer questions and share classroom resources. Go here to register and find the schedule.

New School Year, Great Resources

Welcome back to the classroom! The 2019-20 school year promises to be a busy and exciting one with a presidential race, the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the Census, and more. We’ve pulled together collections of the best of the resources available on the Civics Renewal Network website to make it easy for teachers to find useful classroom materials for all grade levels.

New Webinars From the National Archives

Get your school year off to a great start with new professional development webinars from the National Archives. On YouTube, find two recorded webinars: Petitions, Protest and Persuasion: Women’s Voices in the Records of the National Archives and Teaching with the Records of Congress. Live webinars feature the holdings of the National Archives along with resources for bringing these primary sources into your classroom. All webinars are free, but advance registration is required. Webinars include An Introduction to DocsTeach; Teaching the Constitution; Teaching the Bill of Rights; and a Native American Professional Development Series. Go here for more details and to sign up.

Nominate An Outstanding K-12 Teacher

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has announced the National History Teacher of the Year Award winners in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Department of Defense schools, and U.S. territories.

Try Out New E-Book on the American Revolution

The Core Knowledge Foundation announces a new digital product in production: Core Knowledge American History and Geography Interactive Student e-Books for Grades 3-5. Each book will offer a range of functionality, including: the entire text read aloud in English or Spanish; engaging activities for students to complete as they read; and prompts that check students’ understanding as they read. Click here to try out the new e-Book on the American Revolution. Download interactive e-book instructions here.

Gilder Lehrman Institute Celebrates 25 Years

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is celebrating its 25th anniversary. In honor of its anniversary, the Institute is sharing an interactive timeline with highlights that include a video of founders Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman; a performance by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Chris Jackson; and a teacher seminar led by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Are you a teacher, student, administrator, scholar, or history buff who has benefited from or been involved in the Gilder Lehrman Institute? Be it through gaining new knowledge or finding new opportunities for professional development or personal growth, how has GLI been a part of your life? We would love to hear your story! We are gathering as many GLI tales as we can and then sharing them on gilderlehrman.org. Simply record and post up to a 30-second video on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #MyGLI25 and we’ll do the rest.

Resources on Miranda, Flag Day, and the Constitution

This month, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Miranda v. Arizona on June 13, 1966, establishing the well-known Miranda rights for the accused. Learn about Flag Day, which is celebrated on June 14. And on June 21, the Constitution was ratified. Watch a video about the women who participated in the ratification debate.