#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.

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 […]

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 […]

CRN Presentation at the MSCSS Conference

Thank you to the teachers and students who attended the Civics Renewal Network’s session at the Middle States Council for the Social Studies Conference in Annapolis, Md. on Feb. 26-27. Here is a list of links that were mentioned in the rapid-fire presentation. National Endowment for the Humanities’ EDSITEment Project Created Equal: History in Film […]

Using the Civics Renewal Network Website

Welcome! This video shows how to navigate the Civics Renewal Network website and search for resources and explains the easy process of creating an account so you can bookmark resources.

#ConstitutionDay2015

Schools across the nation participated in the 2015 Preamble Challenge on Constitution Day. Students pledged to recite the Preamble to the US Constitution in creative ways. Here are some of our favorites. Students, staff, and faculty read the Constitution today as part of our Constitution Week activities. Thank you to all who participated! #raginspirit #constitutionday2015 […]

#ConstitutionDay2014

Nearly 900 schools across the nation participated in 2014’s Preamble Challenge on Constitution Day, led by the National Constitution Center. Students who participated in the Civics Renewal Network’s Constitution Day program in Washington, D.C., recited the Preamble at the U.S. Capitol.

Stewarding America: Institutions and Civic Life

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences organized this discussion on the current state of American civic life as part of the Civics Renewal Network’s efforts to raise awareness of the importance of civics education on Constitution Day, September 17, 2014. The panelists are Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research; Stephen Heintz, Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Honorable Patricia Wald, former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; Joel Klein, News Corps, formerly, New York City Department of Education; former Rep. Mickey Edwards, Aspen Institute.

Watch Our Founders Debate the Bill of Rights

Some of our nation’s founders — James Madison, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson — engage in a lively debate on the Bill of Rights. Historian and author Carol Berkin is the moderator of the discussion, which was part of the Civics Renewal Network’s Constitution Day 2014 program in Washington, D.C.