Online Civic Learning Opportunities


The National Constitution Center is here to support remote learning with free lectures and civil dialogue sessions on the Constitution that students across America can access online, and accessible on a home computer, laptop, or phone. Join us as we expand the Classroom Exchanges to go well beyond the traditional classroom to connect students to constitutional scholars and each other for thoughtful civil dialogue around constitutional issues that matter to them.

Videos and other educational resources to support learning before and after these exchanges can be found here on the Interactive Constitution.

Classroom Exchanges continue with remote learning opportunities for students nationwide

LIVE CONSTITUTIONAL CLASSES ONLINE

  • Open Source (Public) Sessions
    Part lecture and part lively conversation, sessions are open to the public so that students, teachers, and parents, can join in a constitutional discussion with NCC scholars including President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen and Chief Learning Officer Kerry Sautner on core topics such as the First Amendment’s Freedom of Speech and Press and the Fourth Amendment’s Search and Seizure. 

    Open source sessions take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, with separate sessions for middle school students and high school and college students. For a full schedule and to sign up for a session, see below.

    The High School and College sessions are recorded, streamed live on YouTube, and posted on our website.
     
  • By Request (Private) Sessions
    Teachers can request private Exchanges between their classes and a constitutional scholar. Teachers or instructors at the middle school, high school, or college level can contact us via this form to schedule a session for their class. By Request Exchanges can be schedule on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

Online teacher professional development programs where teachers can learn about a range of free digital resources and programs offered by the Center. 

This Week

Wednesday and Thursday, April 8 and 9

Wednesday and Thursday, April 8 and 9

Assembly and Petition & the First Amendment in an Age of New Technology

Download the Freedoms of Assembly and Petition Resource Guide

Friday, April 10

Friday, April 10

Fridays with Jeff Rosen

Each Friday, join National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen and other special guests for engaging and lively conversations on constitutional topics.

  • High School and College Level Sessions, 1 p.m. EDT 

Please Note:

  • Zoom sessions can be accessed from home computer, laptop, or phone.
  • Sessions are designed to be viewed independently. Students can join us for as many sessions as they choose; viewing previous or future sessions is not required.
  • The 1 p.m. High School and College sessions will be recorded, streamed live, and posted on our website.

Upcoming Topics:

Wednesday and Thursday: Open Source Exchanges
Students, teachers, and parents can join a constitutional conversation from anywhere in the United States with a publicly-available Zoom. Zoom sessions can be accessed from home computer, laptop, or phone.

Middle School Exchanges at 12 p.m. EDT
High School and College Exchanges at 1 p.m. EDT 

Friday Fun Day Sessions
Special guests introduce additional constitutional topics that are different from the week's theme.

High School and College Exchanges at 1 p.m. EDT
Sessions will be streamed live, recorded, and posted on our website.

View Past Exchanges

View recordings of all past public exchanges here!

Private Scholar Exchanges

Private Exchanges are available every Monday and Tuesday. Teachers can schedule an online constitutional conversation between a scholar and their students only, through a secure Zoom link. Click here for more information or to sign up.

Program Structure

  • Welcome and Goals (5 Minutes)
  • Reading of the Amendment (5 Minutes)
  • Discussion Prompt (5 minutes)
    Example: What do you think this amendment means?
  • Mini Lecture on the Founding Story of the Amendment or Clause (10 minutes)
  • Discussion Prompt (10 minutes)
    Example: Why did Madison include this amendment in the Bill of Rights?
  • Mini Lecture (10 minutes)
    Scholar will explore Key Cases or Matters of Debate today on the amendment or clause
  • Discussion Question from Matters of Discussion (10 minutes)
  • Wrap up with review of key concept goal reviewed

Online Teacher Professional Development Programs

Join us Mondays from 12-12:20 p.m. EDT for open-source professional development programs highlighting the Center’s free, online resources and strategies to support constitutional literacy education through remote learning and back in your classroom. Online professional development programs are facilitated by a member of the Center’s education team and hosted on Zoom. Each week features different resources, reflecting the topic of that week’s Scholar Exchanges. Upcoming webinars include:

Join live or watch the recordings of previous programs on the our website. For more information and to register, click here.