Summer Educator Institutes

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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