Just in time for National Constitution Day (September 17), the National Constitution Center has a new initiative for constitutional education and civil dialogue. Through the Center’s Classroom Exchanges program, teachers engage students in dialogue and deepen their constitutional knowledge. Teachers can register their class to discuss a relevant constitutional question with another classroom somewhere else in the United States. The National Constitution Center facilitates these civil dialogues by providing instructional materials, pairing classrooms, connecting them with an expert moderator, and setting up videoconferencing sessions. The exchanges provide a platform for uniting students of different backgrounds and perspectives, and increasing students’ constitutional knowledge while cultivating habits for civil dialogue.
In September 2019, author Kenneth C. Davis began offering free virtual classroom visits on the subject of democracy and dictatorships. The intent of the virtual visits is to speak with middle school and high school students and their teachers about what democracy is, what threatens democracy today, and how to protect it.
Students and teachers from around the world are invited to commemorate the eighteenth anniversary of 9/11 by registering for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s freeAnniversaryin the Schoolswebinar. During the 35-minute program, participants will connect with museum staff and guest speakers to hear first-person stories about the attacks and recognize the importance of commemoration.
Learning through digital technology and video games can lead to more peaceful societies, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the educational arm of the United Nations. The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development has created two games aimed at teaching students about global citizenship and sustainable development.