Three great ways to have a Constitutional Exchange
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.
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
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.
Upcoming Live Scholar Exchanges
Article I: How Congress Works – The Legislative Branch
Week of November 30
In this session, students explore Article I of the Constitution, which defines the powers of Congress. This class examines constitutional debates involving the legislative branch from the Constitutional Convention to the most recent term.
- Register for Middle School Session Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 at 12 p.m. ET
- Register for High School and College Session Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. ET
Scholar Exchange: Article I: How Congress Works Featuring Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon
In this Fun Friday Session, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, joins Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen, to explore Article I of the Constitution, which defines the powers of Congress.
- Register for All Ages Session Dec 4 at 1 p.m. ET
Foundations of American Democracy
Week of December 7
In this session, students will examine the form of government established by the Constitution, and its key ideas—including natural rights, the rule of law, and popular sovereignty. By examining the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, students will learn how these two documents set the foundation for American democracy and make possible the freedom that is the birthright of all Americans.
- Register for Middle School Session Dec. 7 and 9 at 12 p.m. ET
- Register for High School and College Session Dec. 7 and 9 at 2 p.m. ET
Foundations of American Democracy Featuring Kenneth C. Davis
In this Fun Friday session, bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis joins Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to examine the foundations of American democracy and answer audience questions. Davis is author of Don’t Know Much About® History and other books in the Don’t Know Much About® series. He also wrote the acclaimed In the Shadow of Liberty and Strongman: The Rise of Five Dictators and the Fall of Democracy. Students will explore the form of government established by the Constitution, and its key ideas—including natural rights, the rule of law, and popular sovereignty. By examining the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, students will learn how these two documents set the foundation for American democracy and make possible the freedom that is the birthright of all Americans.
- Register for All Ages Session Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. ET
Supreme Court in Review: Article III – From Judicial Selection to Current Cases
Week of December 14
In this session, students explore Article III of the U.S. Constitution, which defines the powers of the judicial branch and the Supreme Court. This class covers the nomination and confirmation process of Supreme Court justices and how judicial power (and the Supreme Court’s role) is defined in Alexander Hamilton’s The Federalist Papers #78 and cases such as Marbury v. Madison (1803).
- Register for Middle School Session Dec. 14 and 16 at 12 p.m. ET
- Register for High School and College Session Dec. 14 and 16 at 2 p.m. ET
- Register for All Ages Session Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. ET
View Recorded Exchanges
Battles for Equality in America: The 14th Amendment with Kate Masur
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.
To view recordings of previous PD webinars, visit the Center’s YouTube channel here.