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grades K-12 for math, history/social studies, geography and sociology as well as games, data access tools, fun facts, historical documents and images, maps, videos, visualizations, and warm-up activities.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.

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.