Presidential and Congressional Academies for Teachers and Students

The Center for Civic Education will be offering the Presidential Academy for teachers and the Congressional Academy for high-need students online from July 5 through July 23, 2021. In these free programs, teams of teachers and students will enjoy quality academic engagement with scholars, mentor teachers, and their peers from across the country in the study of constitutional history and principles. This opportunity is for high school American history and civics teachers and high-need* high school students, preferably students going into the 11th or 12th grade this fall. In order to enhance collaboration and planning of joint civic engagement activities in the ensuing academic year, we ask that teachers and students from the same school or district apply in teams of one teacher and two students. Go here to learn more and apply. *”High-need” includes students from low-income families and ethnically or racially diverse students, among others. Read More ⟶

C-SPAN Classroom Professional Development

C-SPAN Classroom offers a variety of professional development opportunities for middle and high school educators. You can learn about our collection of free resources through online sessions, connect with us during our Summer Educators Conferences for a more in-depth exploration, or apply for the opportunity to collaborate with us to develop new educational materials as a C-SPAN Fellow. Details about our 2021 programs can be found on our website: C-SPAN Classroom Teacher Opportunities Read More ⟶

6 Courses Added to Strengthening Democracy in America Series

The Center for Civic Education has added six online courses to its Strengthening Democracy in America series. The courses feature interviews with Diana Owen of Georgetown University on the American political party and electoral systems; Paul Light of New York University on the federal bureaucracy; Regina Lawrence of the University of Oregon on the role of the media in the political process; Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington on American political culture; George Shambaugh of Georgetown University on the American economic system; and Francene Engel of the University of Maryland on our federal system. Each free, self-paced online course features a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of a key topic of contemporary American constitutionalism and suggestions for improving these strengths while diminishing the weaknesses. Register here. Read More ⟶

Apply for Summer Institutes at National Constitution Center

This summer, join educators from across the country and constitutional scholars from across the philosophical spectrum for virtual summer programs with the National Constitution Center. Educators will work with content experts to deepen their knowledge of the history and modern understandings of constitutional topics. Through working with master teachers and the education teams from the Center, participants discover and develop innovative, nonpartisan ways to make the content relevant to their students. Educators gain new content knowledge, teaching tools, classroom-ready resources, and new skills for improving constitutional literacy. These programs are open to educators working with grades 5–12 at public, charter, independent, parochial, and other schools. They are free to attend, but successful applications are required. Go here to learn more. Read More ⟶

6 Big Ideas in the U.S. Constitution

The Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives and the National Archives Foundation, in partnership with The Oklahoma Humanities, have created a new civics curriculum “6 Big Ideas in the U.S. Constitution” and will provide free online curriculum training for 75 teachers this January.
Informed and active participation in civic life is rooted in understanding the design of the government and how it works. This curriculum focuses on teaching the foundational principles that shape the Constitution and the institutions that bring its design to life. Thus, students learn the significance of the guiding principles of our nation’s framing document and the importance of participatory government it creates and reinforces.
The online training, available on three dates, is open to middle and high-school level educators. Registration is first-come, first-served and limited to 25 teachers per day, per class. Each session will run approximately 90 minutes.

January 8 at 11 am EST / 10 am CST: Register
January 9 at 11 am EST / 10 am CST: Register
January 15 at 11 am EST / 10 am CST: Register Read More ⟶

Teaching History While Living History

2020 was a year of living history. Now, how will you teach it? Join 14 of the nation’s top Cultural Organizations Dedicated to Educators (C.O.D.E.), including Mount Vernon, in a four-part teacher professional development series January-March 2021. Each session dives into digital resources and engaging strategies developed by museums, historic sites, and research centers committed to teacher learning. Go here to learn more. Read More ⟶

George Washington Teacher Institute’s 2021 Summer Programs

This summer, the George Washington Teacher Institute summer programs are going digital with six, 5-day sessions. Each session focuses on a different theme and is designed to support K-12 educators who teach about the life, leadership, and legacies of George Washington and the 18th-century world in which he lived. Applications open January 11, 2021. Sessions will run from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET from June 14 – August 6, 2021. Apply for the week that best fits your classroom needs and schedule. Stipends to honor the time and commitment of participants will be provided to all teachers accepted to the George Washington Teacher Institute in Summer 2021. Read More ⟶

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 ⟶