Virtual Supreme Court Competition Announced

The Harlan Institute and The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource) announce their Fifth Annual Virtual Supreme Court competition. 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 […]

Candidates! Debates! Voting! Get Your Classroom Ready

As this wild presidential race hits the homestretch for Election Day on November 8, the Civics Renewal Network gives you a wide array of activities and lesson plans to help you teach about the election process. Below are some highlights. For a complete list of resources, click here. Debate Watching Guide This lesson from the […]

#ConstitutionDay2016

Schools across the nation participated in the 2016 Preamble Challenge on Constitution Day. Students pledged to recite the Preamble to the US Constitution in creative ways. Here are some of our favorites.

#ConstitutionDayPhotoChallenge

Share your passion for the Constitution! Take a photo of yourself and tell everyone why you love our founding document. What’s your favorite amendment? Which founding father rocked? We want to know! Use #ConstitutionDayPhotoChallenge. Happy Constitution Day!

#GovChat on George Washington and the Constitution

Looking for great resources for Constitution Day? Check out the trove of materials about our first president and the Constitution that were shared on #GovChat byThe Constitutional Sources Project, ConSource, and the Washington Papers Project at the University of Virginia.

Hooray for Constitution Day!

“We the People” From elementary school students reenacting the signing of the Constitution to 300 new citizens taking the Oath of Allegiance at Ellis Island, the celebration of Constitution Day across the nation promises to be bigger and better than ever. Join the Civics Renewal Network for its Preamble Challenge, a fun and easy way […]

2016 Naturalization Ceremonies

Students will participate in real-life civics lessons at naturalization ceremonies scheduled at National Park Service sites and other iconic places from Ellis Island to Pearl Harbor in celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on Friday, September 16, 2016.

This year, as part of the federal courts’ annual, national initiative, federal judges will swear in new citizens at courthouses, cultural landmarks, national parks, and historic places as part of the Park Service’s 100th anniversary year observance.

September 17 is the official anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in 1787, but naturalization ceremonies are scheduled almost every day the week before that date. This year, during the third week of September, federal judges will administer the Oath of Allegiance at such national treasures as the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, D.C.; Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park, in Appomattox, Va.; the Great Smoky Mountains, near Knoxville, Tenn.; the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, in West Branch, Iowa; and the Battleship USS Missouri Memorial, in Hawaii.

For more information about student participation in naturalization ceremonies, or schools hosting ceremonies for Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in 2017, contact the national outreach manager for the federal courts, Rebecca Fanning, at rebecca_fanning@ao.uscourts.gov.

Teaching the Reconstruction Amendments

While Reconstruction is arguably the least well known and most misunderstood era in U.S. History, the Reconstruction Amendments are among the most important for understanding our government, politics, and law. The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments were intended to profoundly reshape the Constitution so much so that many scholars refer to their provisions as part […]

Get a Jump on Constitution Day Planning!

You’ll be ready in a snap when you sign up for the Civics Renewal Network’s Preamble Challenge event! Join hundreds of schools across the nation on September 16 this year and celebrate Constitution Day! Our free, online Teacher Toolkit gives you everything you need for your classroom activity. Lots of fun, creative ideas help make […]

AP Conference – 2016

Here is a summary of the Civics Renewal Network workshop at the College Board AP Conference in July 2016. Recrafting the Constitution: 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments While Reconstruction is arguably the least well known and most misunderstood era in U.S. History, the Reconstruction Amendments are among the most important for understanding our government, politics, […]