Classroom Exchanges

Students can discuss big constitutional questions with a classroom elsewhere in the United States.

Sign up for a classroom exchange

Teachers can register their classes to discuss a big constitutional question with a classroom elsewhere in the United States. The Center will facilitate these dialogues by pairing classrooms, connecting them with an expert moderator, and setting up videoconferencing sessions. 

The National Constitution Center is launching an online matchmaking platform for the Exchanges in late August, just in time for Constitution Day 2019. Teachers who complete this survey will receive an email when the platform is live so they can be the first to sign up for an Exchange.

Our Educational Philosophy

The National Constitution Center is developing new teaching materials to support the three pillars of the Center’s unique approach to constitutional education:

  1. Historic storytelling
  2. Constitutional questions
  3. Civil dialogue and reflection

This approach provides a strong foundation in the Founding stories and judicial interpretations of the Constitution teaches learners of all ages to separate their political views from their constitutional views, asking not what the government should do but what it constitutionally may do and teaches students to think like constitutional scholars by providing platforms to support civil discourse within classrooms and among communities.

Get Started: Constitutional Conversations

Constitutional Conversations provide students the opportunity to explore big questions about the United States Constitution. The resources on this page support teachers’ instruction and students’ learning using the National Constitution Center’s constitutional education framework. The lesson plans included in this section of the website utilize the Center’s Interactive Constitution to provide students with nonpartisan analysis from top constitutional scholars.

Additional resources on this page include materials for establishing classroom norms and protocols for civil dialogue as well as two opportunities to extend constitutional conversations beyond the individual classroom.

How to Have a Civil Dialogue

1st Amendment Plan of Study

More resources: New York Times Learning Network

Students can connect their constitutional understandings to current events by reading articles and op-ed pieces featured on The New York Times Learning Network. Students can then express their understanding of the constitutional issues involved through opinion polls on that site.

The Classroom Exchanges are made possible through the generous support of the Laura and Gary Lauder Philanthropic Fund at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

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