Educator Workshops

The National Constitution Center offers a range of exciting, engaging professional development opportunities for educators.

Interactive Constitution Workshops

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]

2018 Summer Institutes: Rule of Law

Session One: July 8-13, 2018
Session Two: July 22-27, 2018

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 historic Philadelphia in July 2018.

During the institute—through demonstration, discussion, and historic site visitation—educators work with content experts to deepen their knowledge of the history and modern understandings of the Rule of Law and interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.  With master teachers and the education teams from the Center and Street Law, 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 understandings of Rule of Law have been a constant presence in U.S. history and in America’s constitutional identity.  Educators will leave with new content knowledge, teaching tools, classroom-ready resources, and new skills for improving constitutional literacy through a Rule of Law framework.

Additional Information: 

  • There is no fee to attend the Institute; but a successful application is required.  Applications are being accepted through Friday, April 6.
  • Scholarships are available to cover most lodging and travel expenses.  Two dinners, reading materials, and teaching resources are included. 
  • Each weeklong Institute includes documentation to report 30 hours of professional development.
  • The program begins Sunday evening and ends Friday afternoon of each Institute week.  The schedule includes activities and events offering institute participants opportunities to explore Philadelphia’s history and culture.

The application period for this Institute closed on Friday, April 6, 2018.  Due to a high volume of applicants, notifications of acceptance will be sent by Friday, April 27, 2018.



In partnership with Street Law.

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


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