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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Upcoming Live Scholar Exchanges

Amendment Review – 27 amendments in 27 minutes…plus a few more
Week of March 1
In this fast-paced and fun session, students will review all of the 27 amendments added to the Constitution, and explore the big ideas and changes that each one has made on our system of government. Be ready for a quick review of over 230 years of constitutional history!

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19th Amendment: Women’s Right to Vote
Week of March 8
In this session, students will trace the roots of the women’s rights movement—from early reform efforts in the 1800s to the ultimate decision to pursue voting rights. This class will explore the constitutional arguments over women’s suffrage, study the historical context of the fight for suffrage over 70 years, and cover the tactics suffragists used to persuade state legislatures and the national government to recognize voting rights for women.

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Scholar Exchange: The 19th Amendment Featuring Martha S. Jones
March 12
In this Fun Friday Session, Martha S. Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and professor of history at The Johns Hopkins University, joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a discussion on the 19th Amendment, with a focus on voting rights of African American women, a topic which professor Jones explores in her newest book, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All.  Jones will also discuss her career as an author and historian, as well as answer questions from participants.

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Slavery in America: The Constitution to Reconstruction
Week of March 15
In this session, students engage in a conversation on slavery in America from the Constitution to Reconstruction. This session will explore the Constitution, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, and the Reconstruction founders’ vision of a “Second Founding” for our nation. 

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Slavery in America: The Constitution to Reconstruction Featuring Judge Theodore McKee
March 19
In this Friday session, Judge Theodore McKee, United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss slavery in America from the Constitution to Reconstruction. This session will explore the Constitution, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, and the Reconstruction founders’ vision of a “Second Founding” for our nation. Judge McKee will also talk about his legal career and his work on the Court of Appeals, as well as answer questions from participants.

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Battles for Equality in America: The 14th Amendment
Week of March 22
In this session, students explore the 14th Amendment and the battles for equality in America. The class examines the clauses of the 14th Amendment and the battle over their meaning from Reconstruction to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on marriage equality in Obergefell. This session will explore the America’s first and second civil rights movements, the Constitution and women, and modern interpretations of the 14th Amendment. 

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View Recorded Exchanges

Latest Session:
Civil Liberties with Bruce Murphy 

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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

The National Constitution Center is calling on you! We are looking for members of the classroom education field to join our Teacher Advisory Council as an NCCed Adviser and help us to promote constitutional literacy. NCCed Advisers are active and engaged educational professionals who support, promote, and represent the National Constitution Center with outreach and professional development opportunities. NCCed Advisers also help the Center build better programs to support classroom instruction on constitutional fundamentals for students across the country. The role comes with perks! Members of the advisory council will have a voice in shaping our free online classes, can join in our professional development opportunities that include prominent scholars and judges, and will receive a yearly stipend for their valuable time and professional advice.

Interested in joining or finding out more? Click here to complete our survey.

If you have any questions before or after applying, or if you need assistance with the application, please email [email protected]

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.