Happy Fourth of July!

Celebrate Independence Day with an excellent resource from the Library of Congress, just one of hundreds of resources available at CivicsRenewalNetwork.org. Be ready for Constitution Day before school opens this year. Sign up now for the Civics Renewal Network’s Preamble Challenge, a fun and easy way to fulfill the Byrd Amendment’s requirement that educational institutions […]

Introducing the Newly Redesigned DocsTeach.org

The National Archives’ DocsTeach.org has a new look and updated features! In response to educators’ feedback, the popular teaching website is now easier to use, more customizable, and provides a more complete experience for students. And now, thousands of primary sources and all the document-based activities are accessible on mobile devices, including tablets. Not familiar […]

Attending the College Board AP Conference in July?

AP teachers! Are you going to the College Board AP Conference in Anaheim, Calif., on July 13-16? Visit the Civics Renewal Network at Booth 402 in the exhibit hall. And join us at our session on “Recrafting the Constitution: the 13th to 15th Amendments” on Saturday, July 16, from 2:45-4 p.m. at the Hilton Anaheim, […]

Explore Great Resources on Two Landmark Cases

This month, the anniversaries of two important Supreme Court decisions are celebrated. Fifty years ago, on June 13, the justices decided Miranda v. Arizona, which established that suspects must be told of their rights to counsel and against self-incrimination before police questioning. Now the Miranda warning, which begins “You have the right to remain silent…,” […]

Brown v. Board, presidential race, Constitutional Convention

Check out these highlights from our resources on the Constitutional Convention, which began on May 25, 1787; the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, which was decided on May 17, 1954; and on the executive branch as your students follow the presidential race. The Constitutional Convention: Four Founding Fathers You May Have […]

Free Constitution Course Available On Demand

Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases explores the Constitution’s origins and its changes over the years, from the initial burst of amendments that brought us the Bill of Rights, through the bloody disruption of the Civil War and into the 20th and 21st centuries. It discusses landmark Supreme Court cases that show […]

Help Your Students Learn About the U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has been in the headlines after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the nomination of Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to fill the vacancy on the court. As the Court nears the end of its term, important decisions will […]

Celebrate Freedom Day on April 13!

Freedom Day is an opportunity to encourage people of all ages to appreciate their freedoms as Americans, to understand the relationship between the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, and to encourage dialogue on the meaning of freedom and its relevance in modern society. For more information about Freedom Day events at the […]

Sign up for Share My Lesson Virtual Conference

Registration is open for the three-day virtual conference, April 5-7, which offers 30-plus webinars in a range of subject areas and grade levels. For every webinar you attend, you can earn one hour of professional development credit. Several Civics Renewal Network partners are presenters. Look for their webinars: Women’s Suffrage and the First Amendment; Primary […]

Women’s History Month, First Congress and the Constitution

This month, we celebrate women’s history. And in March 1789, the Constitution took effect, marking the start of the new government. Members of the First Congress began to gather in New York City for their first meeting. Women in the Military American women have gone to war in various roles throughout U.S. history. Only since […]