Online Learning Opportunities

Constitutional Exchanges from the National Constitution Center 

The Exchange Program connects middle school, high school, and college students online to practice civil dialogue skills; apply critical thinking and active listening; and learn about the Constitution, and how it affects their lives. All programs are offered for free and are a unique way to build constitutional knowledge through live interactive classes and the NCC’s acclaimed online learning platform, the Interactive Constitution.

Students, teachers, and parents can join a constitutional conversation from anywhere in the United States, accessing publicly available Zoom sessions from a home computer, tablet, or phone. The Center offers three types of exchanges, and suggests teachers use a combination of all three offerings.

Three great ways to have a Constitutional Exchange

Scholar Exchanges: <br>Live Open-Source Sessions

Scholar Exchanges:
Live Open-Source Sessions

Part lecture and part lively conversation, our open 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.

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Scholar Exchanges: <br>Private Sessions

Scholar Exchanges:
Private Sessions

Teachers can request private exchanges to be held with a scholar and their classes. This allows students to review the materials one-on-one for clarity or extra support. These sessions are tailored to a particular class’s interest and questions. Sessions will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays each week from September 2020 – May 2021

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Peer-to-Peer Classroom Exchanges

Peer-to-Peer Classroom Exchanges

Classes interact directly with other classes across the country and apply critical thinking and listening skills to a constitutional issue that matters to them—like elections. Students discuss the constitutional questions discussed in the online materials, as well as the Scholar Exchanges. This is a great capstone project for any unit on the Constitution and current events.

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View Recorded Exchanges

Latest Session: 
Justice Breyer on the Constitution, Civil Discourse, and the Courts

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Virtual Museum Visits

Book LIVE virtual tours of our signature exhibits including the iconic Signers’ Hall; Civil War and Reconstruction, and The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote.

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Teacher Advisory Council

Join the Teacher Advisory Council

The National Constitution Center is calling on you! We are looking for members of the classroom education field to join our Teacher Advisory Council. The council is open to educators who teach fifth grade to college level students from all types of school environments and locations. Members are asked to:

  • Participate in monthly online meetings and virtual student programs, such as Scholar Exchanges.
  • Advise the Center’s education team on new and additional resources that will best support teachers and students nationwide.
  • Advocate on behalf of the Center through social media posts, regional professional networks, and professional development workshops.

Members of the advisory council will have a voice in shaping our free online classes, and will receive a yearly stipend for their valuable time and professional advice. They can also join in our professional development opportunities that include prominent scholars and judges—including our Bill of Rights Virtual Summer Teacher Workshop, which will be available exclusively to Teacher Advisory Council members.

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Online Professional Development Opportunities

The National Constitution Center offers free, online teacher workshops via Zoom. Two formats are available: open-source webinars and on-demand workshops requested by schools, districts, or other educational agencies. All online workshops introduce the Center’s framework for constitutional literacy education and highlight a range of free, online resources and classroom application strategies to support your teaching and your students’ learning. Online workshops are facilitated by a member of the Center’s education team.

Visit our Professional Development page for more information, or to schedule your online PD, email [email protected].

To view recordings of previous PD webinars, visit the Center’s YouTube channel here.