The National Constitution Center is developing new teaching materials to support the three pillars of the Center’s unique approach to constitutional education:
- Historic storytelling
- Constitutional questions
- 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.
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.
CONTINUE THE CONVERSATIONS
Throughout the school year, 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.
Our next Classroom Exchanges will be held on the following dates:
April 11: Freedom of Speech and Press
May 1 - May 3: First Amendment Overview: Freedom of Conscience
May 8 - May 10: Freedom of Religion
May 15 - May 17: Freedom of Speech and Press
May 22 - May 24: Freedom of Assembly and Petition
May 29 - May 31: First Amendment Overview: Freedom of Conscience
For more information, please click the links above to fill out a brief survey, and a member of our Education Team will contact you.
The 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.