Educator Workshops

The museum offers customized workshops that help educators enhance their teaching about the Constitution.

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops

Freedom of Speech: The Changing Landscape in Schools
Thursday, August 7, 2014

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join the National Constitution Center and the Rendell Center for Citizenship and Civics for an engaging daylong workshop all about freedom of speech and First Amendment issues. The landscape of First Amendment law is rapidly changing, with technology posing new issues and concerns. Educators will hear thought-provoking  commentary from Judge Marjorie Rendell, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, regarding these changes and the impact in the classroom.

Breakout workshops will cover famous Supreme Court decisions, like Mary Beth Tinker’s infamous armband case, involving student free speech. Local Philadelphia area lawyers will participate in a mock trial demonstration that can be recreated in the classroom.

COST: $10; includes admission to the National Constitution Center and a lunch voucher for the museum’s Delegates Cafe. Act 48 credits will be offered.

Schedule of Events
    8:30 a.m. Registration
    9 a.m. Welcome and Overview
    10 a.m. Guest Speakers
    11 a.m. Review of First Amendment court cases and analysis
    12 p.m. Break for lunch
    1 p.m. Freedom Rising performance and tour of the museum
    2 p.m. Mock appellate court argument
    3 p.m.  Presentation wrap up

This educator workshop is presented in partnership between the National Constitution Center and the Rendell Center for Citizenship and Civics at Arcadia University.
Register today! Book online or call 215.409.6700


George Washington and the Constitution Teacher Workshop
Friday, October 17, 2014
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.)

Join constitutional scholars and curriculum experts for a day-long workshop presented by the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon and the National Constitution Center.

Throughout the summer of 1787, George Washington presided over the Philadelphia Convention and together with the Founding Fathers, crafted the United States Constitution. Participants in this teacher workshop will learn about General Washington’s contributions to the early formation of our country while discovering new ways to engage students in the classroom.

Admission is $10 and includes access to the museum, lunch, and a $10 voucher to the museum gift shop. Act 48 credits will be offered.
Buy tickets online or call 215-409-6700.


Customized Professional Development

Join the National Constitution Center for a customized educator workshop, where you can:

  • Deepen your understanding of civics and American history to enhance your teaching.
  • Gain new strategies to inspire active citizenship in your students.
  • Learn how to get the most out of the museum's interactive exhibitions and educational resources.

The museum's workshops are customizable to your needs. We offer three-hour, six-hour, and multi-day workshops. The museum's education staff can also bring the workshop to you. Topics for workshops include:

  • Teaching with Our Museum
  • Teaching with Primary Sources
  • Teaching with Current Court Cases
  • customized historical and constitutional themes and topics

For more information or to book your group contact the education department at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 215.409.6623

One-Day Workshop Sample Agenda

9 a.m.

Welcome to the National Constitution Center

  • Participants are introduced to the workshop staff through an activity that both helps to begin the session and can be easily and effectively replicated in the classroom.

9:30 a.m.

Freedom Rising performance

10 a.m.

Teacher tour of the Center’s exhibitions

  • An education team member escorts participants through the museum's exhibitions, highlighting each of the many areas that have been developed into classroom-ready resources.

11:30 a.m.

Lunch in Delegates' Cafe

12:30 p.m.

Educational philosophy and resources

  • Participants are introduced to the Constitution Center's educational philosophy, which is designed to promote active citizenship through a comprehensive framework for civic learning composed of civic knowledge, public action and democratic deliberation.
  • Review of print materials, online lessons, activities, and interactives available from the Constitution Center, as well as other similar educational institutions.
  • Introduction to free opportunities to get students involved in learning about the Constitution through the Constitution Hall Pass series.

2 p.m.

Primary source workshop (or scholar lecture with discussion and classroom application session starting at 1:30 p.m.)

  • Teachers are shown new ways to explore primary sources and engage students in appreciating the historical context behind famous documents, such as the Emancipation Proclamation.

3 p.m.