Teaching Slavery in Washington’s World Symposium

The George Washington Teacher Institute is excited to announce our online Teaching Slavery in Washington’s World Symposium. This program will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about the complexities of 18th-century slavery and share best practices for teaching this difficult subject. The program is free for current K-12 educators, but registration is required. Recordings Read More ⟶

The Bill of Rights & You!

Bill of Rights Day is December 15, and celebrates the day the Bill of Rights was ratified! Join Constituting America, every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern, for our new series as we count down to Bill of Rights Day. Go here to learn more. Read More ⟶

2020 National Student Mock Election Announced

The 2020 National Student Mock Election is a group of civic-minded organizations (Discovery Education, the Youth Leadership Initiative at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, Constituting America, America’s Mock Election, Win My Vote, the National Student/Parent Mock Election and ConSource) coming together to ensure every school-age student has the opportunity to learn about civics in general and to participate in the most important function that a citizen in a democracy-republic can — to vote.
Students will get an online mock ballot to vote in the 2020 Presidential Election. Voting is from Oct. 12-26. The tabulated votes will be featured on the Discovery channel as a national newscast hosted by students. This program is FREE to all schools. To find out more information, sign up your class and have your students register, go to 2020nsme.com. Read More ⟶

Apply Now for Street Law’s 2021 Summer Institute

This teacher professional development institute brings a select group of high school social studies teachers to Washington, D.C., for an immersive six days of educational activities related to teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court. The Institute is co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society. The application period for the 2021 Supreme Court Summer Institute opened October 5, 2020. The deadline is March 15, 2021. Learn more here. Read More ⟶

“60-Second Civics” Podcasts to Focus on Right to Vote

The Center for Civic Education has launched a nationwide initiative to focus its signature daily program, “60-Second Civics,” on the right to vote in the weeks leading up to the November 3 national elections. Each day, 60-Second Civics will feature a podcast focused on voting, elections and representation and how those rights are protected under Read More ⟶

Sign Up for Virtual Class on the Election

Interested in a live, virtual class for your students? Sign up for our “On the Campaign Trail: The Battle for Votes” class. Candidates know that it is not just what you say, but how you say it. In every election season, the candidates and supporters compete to shape viewers’ opinions and garner their votes. In this virtual class, students will learn the persuasion techniques used by candidates when running for office, deepening their ability to analyze a variety of media produced by campaigns and to help separate fact from fiction. Sign up here. Read More ⟶

Gilder Lehrman’s Fall Online History School

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is pleased to offer free courses this fall for elementary, middle, and high school students. Master Teachers will present lessons anchored in primary source documents, many from the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s collection of more than 70,000 American history artifacts. The goal is to engage students and excite them about history so that they leave each lesson more knowledgeable about a new idea, theme, document, or pivotal moment in history. The Gilder Lehrman Online History School is hosted on the video conference system Zoom. Recordings of each class session will be available for students, educators, and families to view on demand after the live sessions occur. For more information, go here. Read More ⟶

Special Programs for Constitution Day

Here you will find a collection of Constitution Day programming for teachers, students of all ages, and families. Unless noted, the programming will be live on September 17. Happy Constitution Day! Bill of Rights Institute Constitution Day Live! Join BRI for a special four-hour live event as we celebrate the 233rd anniversary of the signing Read More ⟶

Apply for a James Madison Graduate Fellowship

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the Foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state per Read More ⟶