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.

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INTERACTIVE CONSTITUTION WORKSHOPS

Master new tools and techniques for enhancing civics education in the Interactive Constitution Educator Workshop.

Master new tools and techniques for enhancing civics education in the Interactive Constitution Educator Workshop. Educators will learn how to use the Interactive Constitution in their classrooms to make the Constitution approachable and meaningful for a wide range of students. Suggested lesson activities, including long-term research and writing projects, provide educators with a range of lesson options based on grade level, student ability, and prior knowledge. The Interactive Constitution Educator Workshop also includes guided practice on two additional, free, online teaching tools (Writing Rights and Rights Around the World) that help teach the origins and global comparisons of American constitutional rights.

Cost: $40 per person
Duration: 3 hours
Can be scheduled on its own or as a highlight of a larger professional development program at the Center or at your school. Act 48 Credit available for Pennsylvania educators.

To find out more information about booking this workshop, email [email protected]

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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, 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

Attendees can report four hours of professional development and Act 48 credit will be submitted for Pennsylvania teachers. 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:

Date Topic
Saturday, September 7, 2019 Get Ready for Constitution Day
Saturday, October 12, 2019 Voting Rights
Saturday, January 11, 2020 Civil War and Reconstruction
Saturday, February 8, 2020 The Presidency
Saturday, March 7, 2020 The Second Amendment
Saturday, April 18, 2020 Federalism
Saturday, May 2, 2020 Teacher Appreciation Saturday

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

This series is part of the Engaging Philadelphia Schools Initiative, supported by the CHG Charitable Trust, as recommended by Carole Haas Gravagno.

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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