Institute Overview

Join teachers from across the country and engage with ideologically diverse constitutional scholars for a virtual weeklong institute with the National Constitution Center on Building the U.S. Constitution, from Sunday, July 18–Friday, July 23, 2021. 

During the Virtual Institute educators work with content experts to deepen their knowledge of the history and modern understandings of freedom and equality through interpretations of the U.S. Constitution. With master teachers and the education team from the National Constitution Center, participants discover and develop innovative, nonpartisan ways to make the content relevant to their students.

Teachers will explore the inequalities inherent in the Constitution of 1787 (the structural Constitution); the lead-up to the Civil War; Reconstruction and its legacies; and, the connection between expanding conceptions of “freedom and equality” in the 19th Century and the ratification and legacy of the 19th Amendment. The Institute will emphasize the National Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution, Civil War & Reconstruction exhibit, 19th Amendment exhibit, and other resources from the National Constitution Center to explore changing historical and constitutional definitions of freedom and equality.

There is no fee to attend the Institute; but, a successful application is required.

Applications are being accepted through Friday, January 29, 2021. All applicants will be notified by Friday, February 26, 2021, regarding acceptance to the Institute.

Average time to complete this application is 15 minutes.

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