Weekend Educator Seminars

The National Constitution Center is launching a series of five Teacher Seminars that will take place on select Saturdays throughout the 2018-19 school year. The seminars are open to Philadelphia classroom teachers currently working with grades 5, 8, 10, or 11. The full-day programs include exhibition tours, modeled classroom activities, and training in civil dialogue techniques, totaling four reportable hours of professional development — which the Center will submit for Act 48 reporting. There is no cost for registration, but space is limited.

The next Seminar will be on Saturday, January 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will cover topics involving Alexander Hamilton and the U.S. Constitution. Click here to register for the January 26 seminar.

Future topics include:

Date Topic
Saturday, December 8, 2018 Rule of Law
Saturday, January 26, 2019 Alexander Hamilton
Saturday, February 23, 2019 Separation of Powers
Saturday, April 13, 2019 The First Amendment
Saturday, May 11, 2019 Civil War and Reconstruction

All seminars will follow the agenda below: 

  • An opening plenary session on the Center’s framework for teaching constitutional literacy and an introduction to the topic or theme of the program
  • Tours of the Center’s exhibits highlighting stories and artifacts connected to the topic or theme
  • Classroom sessions with modeled classroom activities using the Center’s online resources
  • A civil dialogue, including establishing classroom dialogue protocols
  • A closing plenary reviewing the full day and identifying “next steps” for classroom application

Additional Details:

  • Coffee will be provided during morning registration
  • $10 parking vouchers will be available to all attendees
  • Teachers are welcome to explore the museum on their own after the conclusion of the seminar 

There is no cost for registration, but space is limited. Registration for the January 26 seminar is now availbile.  Registration for future dates will be available soon.

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.

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