Educator Workshops

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

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops

The Constitution in the Classroom: The First Amendment and Judicial Review
Monday, June 23 – Tuesday, June 24, 2014

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

A graduate course in partnership between The Penn Literacy Network and the National Constitution Center

Featured Scholar: Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center President and CEO
PLN Facilitator:  Lara Paparo
Audience: Educators, Grades 5-12
Location: The National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Cost: REDUCED $150 per person (1.5 graduate level continuing education credits)

This dynamic mini-course will take a closer look at the role of judicial review and its impact on the First Amendment as it explores the relationship between inquiry-based learning and innovative, research- based classroom practices for 7th – 12th grade educators. Participants will investigate The Penn Literacy Network frameworks of The Five Reading/Writing/Talking Processes and The Four Lenses of Learning and use them in conjunction with the National Constitution Center’s engaging education resources to further explore the interpretation of the First Amendment and its role in schools.

Throughout the mini-course, educators will learn a variety of practical strategies, aligned with The Common Core Standards, to encourage student engagement with rich literacy practices, with a particular focus on how the First Amendment has been shaped throughout the process of judicial review, examining the balance between freedom of expression and school responsibility. Educators will have the opportunity to take a closer look at key Supreme Court cases and learn new ways to incorporate them into the classroom. The teaching and learning focus includes emphasis on the National Constitution Center’s civic learning framework and will feature a variety of classroom-ready resources, including videos, lesson plans, and activities. Teachers will engage in learning experiences that are rich in problem solving, critical thinking, and logical reasoning.

Upon successful completion of this course, participants are awarded 1.5 graduate-level, continuing education credits from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (.5 course units).

Register online at www.gse.upenn.edu/pln. Registration extended to April 23, 2014, when registration for the course closes. The $150 fee is due at the time of registration (payment is in the form of a check made out to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and mailed to Marlene Ryder, PLN, 3700 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104).  For more information about the registration and payment process, contact Marlene Ryder at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (215-746-4864). For more information about the National Constitution Center, visit constitutioncenter.org.

 

Liberty & Security with the Bill of Rights Institute
July 21-24, 2014

Join the Bill of Rights Institute for four days of enriching professional development at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. This program will enrich you as a learner as you wrestle with the complex ideas of liberty in times when national security is called into question. Teachers will participate in pedagogical sessions with a master teacher, as well as lectures and discussion sessions with constitutional scholars. There also will be an opportunity to visit historic sites in Philadelphia.  
 
APPLY TODAY!
Eligibility: Social Studies Teachers grades 7-12.
Receive a certificate for 20 seat hours.
Lodging, transportation during the program, and most meals will be covered by the Institute.
Participants will receive a $500 post-program stipend.
 
More information available at www.BillofRightsInstitute.org
This program is co-sponsored with the National Constitution Center

 

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 Center's interactive exhibitions and educational resources.

The Center’s workshops are customizable to your needs. We offer three-hour, six-hour, and multi-day workshops. The Center’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 Center’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 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 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.

Conclusion