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NCHE offers live, interactive professional development webinars FREE of charge through grants from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program and the U.S. Department of Education. Registered participants will receive primary sources/educational materials as pre-readings. Following the webinar, attendees will receive an email to submit to your administrator to request continuing education credits.
National Constitution Center’s Remote Learning Initiative
Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO
National Constitution Center
October 22, 2020 ~ 7:30 PM EST
In the weeks following the COVID-19 shutdowns, the National Constitution Center launched an exciting new program, offering free, interactive, online classes about the Constitution to middle, high school, and college students across the country. The classes are aligned with curricular requirements, held three days a week, taught by President & CEO Jeffrey Rosen and other NCC scholars, and moderated by the NCC’s dynamic Chief Learning Officer, Kerry Sautner. Special guests have included luminaries such as Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and filmmaker Ken Burns.
In the midst of deep partisan polarization, these classes unite students around the ideals of our Founding Documents, teach about our constitutional system so it can be preserved, and instill the habits of civil dialogue and critical reasoning that are essential for a flourishing democracy.
Jeffrey Rosen will discuss the initiative and how teachers can utilize these classes and other NCC resources to bolster their curriculum.
"The People in Our Neighborhood: A Primary Source Mystery" (for K-5 teachers)
Dr. Ilene R. Berson and Dr. Michael J. Berson
University of South Florida
November 5, 2020 ~ 7:30 PM EST
This presentation highlights a freely available digital game designed to foster young children’s engaging inquiry with primary sources. KidCitizen is part of the Congress, Civic Participation, and Primary Sources Project funded by the Library of Congress. Dr. Ilene Berson and Dr. Michael Berson of the University of South Florida will introduce KidCitizen and discuss how the models of learning showcased in the KidCitizen interactives may be leveraged by teachers to support and scaffold a developmentally appropriate process of careful observation, historical thinking, and evidence-informed analysis that are at the center of disciplinary literacy. By slowing down the act of looking, children discover new information and construct viewpoints as primary sources are mined.