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.
The renewed focus on civics education in this country provides a promising path for readying students for the challenges of twenty-first century citizenship. The Council on Foreign Relations has created a free curriculum to facilitate this critical work. Educators are invited to explore the library of curriculum units—Global Era Issues; Regions of the World; and How the World Works—and Sometimes Doesn’t.
Apply today for the Sphere Summit: Teaching Civic Culture Together 2021. The annual Sphere Summit is a full-scholarship professional development program for educators of grades 5–12 that will take place June 27–July 1 and July 25–July 29 in Washington, DC. The summit will offer a hybrid experience, which will allow for both in-person and online attendance.
This summer, educators can join other teachers from around the country and constitutional scholars from across the philosophical spectrum for virtual summer educator programs with the National Constitution Center.