Our friends at the National Constitution Center seem always to have exciting programs for educators.  Check these out and also note that our longtime champion of Pennsylvania civic education, Third Circuit Court of Appeals Senior Judge Midge Rendell, is featured at the end of the week.


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What's New This Week From #NCCed

Canonical/Landmark Cases
In this session, students explore the history of the Supreme Court and landmark Supreme Court cases from Marbury v. Madison (1803) to the Roberts Court. This is a great session for students to preview and investigate the Supreme Court cases to encourage further study of government.

For Friday's session, the Honorable Marjorie Rendell, senior judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen.
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Join Us for a LIVE Public Scholar Exchange
Part lecture and part lively conversation, these classes are open to the public so that students, teachers, and parents can join in a constitutional discussion with the Center's scholars.
How Congress WorksCanonical/Landmark Cases
Monday, January 11, and Wednesday, January 13 Friday, January 15, with Judge Marjorie Rendell Explore the resources for these sessions here.
How Congress WorksThe Civil Rights Movement, the Warren Court, and Landmark Civil Rights Laws
Monday, January 18, and Wednesday, January 20
Friday, January 22, with Professor Hasan Kwame Jeffries Explore resources for the session here.

Live classes are offered the entire school year with new topics WEEKLY! Review the full 2020-2021 school year schedule here.

All sessions are also recorded, streamed live on YouTube, and posted on our website. Need the corresponding resources for each session? Find resource briefs and slides for each topic here.
Continue the Conversation With Two More Exchange Opportunities!
Book the time that works for your class to engage!
Private Scholar Exchanges
These sessions include your class, a scholar, and a moderator—and are available on any of the topics previously discussed in a public Scholar Exchange. Private Scholar Exchanges are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at a time that works best for you and your students. Complete a survey here for more information or to register your class. A member of the education team will contact you to help with the planning process.

Peer to Peer Classroom Exchanges
Classroom Exchanges connect middle and high school students across the United States for virtual discussions about the Constitution. These sessions are moderated by National Constitution Center scholars, federal judges, and master teachers, but led by student voice. Participating teachers receive lesson plans on the content of the discussion and on civil dialogue techniques, as well as educational resources from the Center's Interactive Constitution.

Summer Teacher Institute Applications are Now Open!
Join teachers from across the country and engage with ideologically diverse constitutional scholars and master teachers for a weeklong Summer Teacher Institute or our new three-day Summer Teacher Workshop in July 2021.

Wednesday, July 7 – Friday, July 9, 2021
Constitutional Conversations and Civil Dialogue
Why is civil dialogue important? How was it used during the arguments around the U.S. Constitution? What are meaningful ways to incorporate this type of discussion into your curriculum?

Sunday, July 11 – Friday, July 16, 2021
Building the U.S. Constitution
What rights make up the structure of the U.S. Constitution? How do the articles define rights and responsibilities at the core of the government? How have these rights changed throughout history?

Sunday, July 18 – Friday, July 23, 2021
Battles for Freedom and Equality
What has the struggle for freedom and equality looked like throughout history? Where are constitutional protections of these rights? What movements have defined this struggle?

Monday, July 26 – Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Available exclusively for members of the Center's Teacher Advisory Council
The Bill of Rights
What were some of the influences on the shaping of the Bill of Rights? Why are those specific rights included in the Bill of Rights? How have the Bill of Rights changed since the founding?

There is no cost to attend a summer program, but interested educators must complete a successful application by Friday, January 29, 2021
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Join Us Tomorrow for a Webinar on Civil Liberties and the Civil Rights Movement with Professor Hasan Kwame Jeffries
Presented with the Los Angeles County Office of Education
Tuesday, January 12, 3:30 to 5 p.m. PT/ 6:30 to 8 p.m. ET
In this session we will explore civil liberties and civil rights—the basic individual rights of all citizens, as expressed in the Bill of Rights and reinforced by the 14th Amendment and the people's actions and battles to insure those rights. Participants will learn about the National Constitution Center’s educational framework and online resources to support student learning of the civil rights movement, landmark civil rights laws, and interpretations by the Supreme Court over time. 

Members of the Center’s Education Team will be joined by Hasan Kwame Jeffries, associate professor of history at The Ohio State University, who will explore the historical foundations of the civil rights movement and examine current events. Professor Jeffries is the author of Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt and the editor of Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement. His current book project, In the Shadow of Civil Rights, examines the Black experience in New York City from 1977 to 1993.
Virtual Museum Experiences
The Center's NEW Virtual Museum Experience includes signature features of the on-site experience. Highlights include LIVE interactive tours of key spaces including our main exhibit, The Story of We the People; the iconic Signers' Hall; the Civil War and Reconstruction exhibit, featuring over 100 artifacts; and our newest exhibit, The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote. These virtual tours work perfectly on their own or to compliment a Scholar Exchange.
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The National Constitution Center's education team is here to help with any of our online resources. Email with questions or comments on how we can help you and your students with your remote learning needs.
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