Constitutional Conversations Using Classroom Exchanges

Our Classroom exchanges teach the habits of civil dialogue by pairing classrooms across the country for conversations about constitutional issues moderated by judges and master teachers.

Throughout the school year, teachers can register their classes to discuss a big constitutional question with a classroom elsewhere in the United States. The Center will host these dialogues by pairing classrooms, connecting them with a trained moderator, and setting up videoconferencing sessions.

How To Have A Civil Dialogue

As you read, interpret, and cite the documents in the Interactive Constitution, it’s important to think about how the Constitution defines or limits the power of the government. That’s how constitutional scholars and judges read, interpret, and cite the Constitution.

Start with these Videos

Video: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer talks about the basic listening practices used by the Court to reach decisions in the cases it hears.
Video: Master teacher Carl Ackerman explains how to have a civil dialogue about the Constitution.

Civil Dialogue Toolkit

Use this toolkit in your classroom to host a civil conversation about the Constitution

Toolkit (PDF)

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Sign up for a Classroom Exchange

Register your class to discuss a big constitutional question with a classroom elsewhere in the United States. The National Constitution Center will pair you with another classroom, connect you to an expert moderator, and help set up videoconferencing sessions.

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Classroom Exchanges

Register your class to discuss a big constitutional question with a classroom elsewhere in the United States.

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