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.

Click here to apply! Applications are being accepted through Friday, April 6.



In partnership with Street Law.

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

The Constitution in the Classroom: The Reconstruction Amendments (EDCE 660)

A 3-credit, graduate-level, continuing education course in partnership between The Penn Literacy Network of The University of Pennsylvania and The National Constitution Center

PLN Instructor:  Mrs. Lara Paparo
Featured Constitutional Scholar: Thomas Donnelly, Senior Fellow for Constitutional Studies, National Constitution Center

Audience: Educators, Grades 5-12


The National Constitution Center
John C. Bogle Chairman’s Conference Room,
525 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Course Dates/Times:
June 25, 26, and 27 (9:00 am-3:30 pm) and Saturday, October 13 (1:00-4:00 pm), online coursework, and a curriculum writing final project

Cost: $1,950  $950 per person
(3.0 graduate level continuing education credits from The University of Pennsylvania upon successful completion for a December grade)

This dynamic course explores the history behind the Reconstruction amendments and their ongoing impact on definitions of citizenship, rights and privileges, and the Second Founding of the United States.  Through this content, educators will explore the relationship between inquiry-based learning and innovative, research- based classroom practices for 5th – 12th grade educators.

Participants investigate The Penn Literacy Network frameworks of The Five Reading, Writing, and Talking Processes and The Four Lenses of Learning and use them in conjunction with the National Constitution Center’s engaging education resources. Throughout the course, educators learn a variety of practical strategies to encourage student engagement using rich, standards-based literacy practices, with a particular focus on how the Reconstruction has been shaped throughout the courts.

Educators have the opportunity to take a closer look at key historical documents and Supreme Court cases and explore new ways to use them into their classrooms. The teaching and learning focus includes emphasis on The National Constitution Center’s civic learning framework and features a variety of classroom-ready resources, including videos, lesson plans, and activities. Teachers engage in learning experiences that are rich in problem solving, critical thinking, and logical reasoning.

How to Register for this Class:

Register online at  by May 31, 2018. If you do not have a PPID (for PA educators only), enter 0000000 in that field. Please email PLN noting that you registered for the course: [email protected]

No deposit is necessary. Please bring a check dated to 9/31/18 to class on June 25. Checks should be made out to The Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania. Please contact PLN’s administrator, Iris Sanchez, at [email protected] or call 215-898-1984 with any questions. For more information about The National Constitution Center, visit


In partnership with the Penn Literacy Network of The University of Pennsylvania.

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