September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, commemorating the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787. The National Constitution Center brings innovative teaching toolsto the classroom for use on Constitution Day and year-round. The organization’s framework for learning integrates three main components: Historical Foundations through Storytelling, Constitutional Interpretation Skills, and Civil Dialogue and Reflection. This approach provides a strong foundation in the Founding stories and judicial interpretations of the US Constitution. It 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 it teaches students to think like constitutional scholars by providing nonpartisan information about the Constitution, along with educational resources and platforms to support civil discourse in classrooms and across the country. This year’s calendar is devoted to the separation of powers and the battle among the branches. Every month the calendar features informational graphics exploring topics such as the role and responsibilities of each branch of government, the separation of powers among the branches, and the concept and principles of federalism. The calendar also includes historic birthdays, anniversaries, and constitutional trivia, as well as the latest information on the Constitution Center’s 2021–22 programs to help teachers plan a full year of constitutional learning.
In 2010 the National Archives entered into a cooperative agreement with The University of Virginia Press to create Founders Online and make freely available the historical documents of the founders of the United States of America.
Each year Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Here are curated resources for celebrating and teaching students about Hispanic heritage.
AHistory of Ideas is a philosophy and history podcast created by the BBC. In each episode, the hosts and their guests dig into classical thought through a modern lens, examining the impact of philosophers and their philosophies in the past and the present.