Professional Development

The National Constitution Center is focused on working with educators and scholars to empower classrooms throughout the country with the tools, knowledge, and pedagogical practice they need to understand the Constitution and its relevance to American’s lives.

One-day workshops at 
the National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center offers customized workshops that help educators enhance their teaching of the Constitution.

One-day workshops at your school

Let us bring the workshop to you! The National Constitution Center’s educators can bring customized workshops into your classroom, school, or district.

Saturday Seminar Series

These full-day programs include exhibit tours, modelled classroom activities, and training in civil dialogue techniques.

Educator Institutes

Join teachers from across the country and constitutional scholars for summer institutes at the National Constitution Center.

Meet us at an upcoming event

Nov 21

National Council for the Social Studies 2019

November 21 to 24 in Austin, TX. Visit us at booth #235. Attend our sessions on November 22, 23, and 24

Austin, TX
Booth #235
Sessions on November 22, 23, and 24

https://www.socialstudies.org/conference 

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Deepen your constitutional knowledge and enhance your classroom instruction strategies for teaching the history of and modern debates about the U.S. Constitution with Saturday Teacher Seminars at the National Constitution Center. During the five-hour program, which runs from 8 am to 2 pm, teachers tour the museum’s exhibitions, participate in pedagogical sessions, and practice civil dialogue techniques to take back to the classroom. There is no cost to attend the Seminars and they are open to all classroom teachers currently working with grades 5, 8, 10, or 11.

During each Saturday Teacher Seminar, attendees will:

  • Join colleagues in an opening session that introduces the Center’s framework for teaching constitutional literacy
  • Discover historical content through tours of the Center’s exhibitions
  • Participate in modeled classroom activities using the Center’s online resources, including the Interactive Constitution
  • Receive lesson plans and other classroom-ready educational materials
  • Develop and practice skills necessary to facilitate civil dialogue for all learners
  • Share ideas and insights with fellow teachers at the closing session
  • Enjoy coffee and networking during morning registration
  • Get admission to explore the museum after the Seminar
  • Have access to discounted, $10 parking in the Center’s garage

Philadelphia teachers have the opportunity for continued, personalized professional development workshops and field trips to the National Constitution Center.

Teachers are welcome to attend one or all of the upcoming Saturday Seminars. Future dates and topics include:

There is no cost to attend a Saturday Seminar, but educators will need to successfully register online. All dates will open for registration two months prior to the Saturday Seminar. For questions or more information, contact [email protected].

Week One: July 5–10, 2020
Week Two: July 12–17, 2020

Join teachers from across the country and constitutional scholars from across the philosophical spectrum for a weeklong teacher institute at the National Constitution Center, in Philadelphia, in July 2020.

During the Institute, educators work with content experts to deepen their knowledge of the history and modern understandings of Federalism through interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. With master teachers and the education teams from the Center and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, participants discover and develop innovative, nonpartisan ways to make the content relevant to their students. 

The Institute capitalizes on the Center’s wealth of historical, constitutional, and cultural resources to demonstrate the ways Federalism has defined and continues to define America’s constitutional identity. Educators leave the institute with new content knowledge, teaching tools, classroom-ready resources, and new skills for improving constitutional literacy.

The Institute is open to educators working with grades 5–12 at public, charter, independent, parochial, and other schools. The Institute is free to attend, but a successful application is required. Funding is available to cover a significant portion of travel and lodging expenses.

More information is available in the FAQ document found here.

Click here to apply.

In partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

The Federalism Summer Teacher Institutes are made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Week One: July 5–10, 2020
Week Two: July 12–17, 2020

Join teachers from across the country and constitutional scholars from across the philosophical spectrum for a weeklong teacher institute at the National Constitution Center, in Philadelphia, in July 2020.

During the Institute, educators work with content experts to deepen their knowledge of the history and modern understandings of Federalism through interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. With master teachers and the education teams from the Center and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, participants discover and develop innovative, nonpartisan ways to make the content relevant to their students. 

The Institute capitalizes on the Center’s wealth of historical, constitutional, and cultural resources to demonstrate the ways Federalism has defined and continues to define America’s constitutional identity. Educators leave the institute with new content knowledge, teaching tools, classroom-ready resources, and new skills for improving constitutional literacy.

The Institute is open to educators working with grades 5–12 at public, charter, independent, parochial, and other schools. The Institute is free to attend, but a successful application is required. Funding is available to cover a significant portion of travel and lodging expenses.

More information is available in the FAQ document found here.

Click here to apply.

In partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

The Federalism Summer Teacher Institutes are made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

July 19–24, 2020

Join teachers from across the country and constitutional scholars from across the philosophical spectrum for a weeklong teacher institute at the National Constitution Center, in Philadelphia, in July 2020.

During the Institute, educators work with content experts to deepen their knowledge of the history and modern understandings of the First Amendment through interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. With master teachers and the education teams from the Center and partner organizations, participants discover and develop innovative, nonpartisan ways to make the content relevant to their students. 

The Institute capitalizes on the Center’s wealth of historical, constitutional, and cultural resources to demonstrate the ways the First Amendment has defined and continues to define America’s constitutional identity. Educators leave the institute with new content knowledge, teaching tools, classroom-ready resources, and new skills for improving constitutional literacy.

The Institute is open to educators working with grades 5–12 at public, charter, independent, parochial, and other schools. The Institute is free to attend, but a successful application is required. Funding is available to cover a significant portion of travel and lodging expenses.

More information is available in the FAQ document found here.

Click here to apply.

July 26–31, 2020

Join teachers from across the country and constitutional scholars from across the philosophical spectrum for a weeklong teacher institute at the National Constitution Center, in Philadelphia, in July 2020.

During the Institute, educators work with content experts to deepen their knowledge of the inequalities inherent in the Constitution of 1787, the lead-up to the Civil War, Reconstruction and its legacies, and the ratification and legacy of the 19th Amendment. With master teachers and the education teams from the Center and partner organizations, participants discover and develop innovative, nonpartisan ways to make the content relevant to their students. 

The Institute capitalizes on the Center’s wealth of historical, constitutional, and cultural resources to demonstrate the ways battles for freedom and equality have defined and continue to define America’s constitutional identity. Educators leave the institute with new content knowledge, teaching tools, classroom-ready resources, and new skills for improving constitutional literacy.

The Institute is open to educators working with grades 5–12 at public, charter, independent, parochial, and other schools. The Institute is free to attend, but a successful application is required. Funding is available to cover a significant portion of travel and lodging expenses.

More information is available in the FAQ document found here.

Click here to apply.

Teacher Advisory Board

The National Constitution Center’s Teacher Advisory Board is responsible for supporting the Center’s education team in development and evaluation of the materials on the Interactive Constitution: Classroom Edition, as well as presenting content created to support students using the National Constitution Center’s free, online Interactive Constitution.

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