A Back‐​to‐​School Virtual Professional Development Program for Educators

Constitutional Issues in an Unusual Year

Workshops hosted by iCivics • National Constitution Center • Bill of Rights Institute


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This professional development program for K-12 educators will feature A Conversation on Constitutional Issues in an Unusual Year with leading constitutional scholars followed by workshops from iCivics, the National Constitution Center, and the Bill of Rights Institute.

As we return to school this fall in a period of unprecedented upheaval it’s all the more important that you and other educators have the knowledge and tools needed to engage students in civic education. This multipart professional development program exclusive to educators will feature A Conversation on Constitutional Issues in an Unusual Year with constitutional scholars Kannon K. Shanmugam of Paul, Weiss LLP, Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute, and Elizabeth B. Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center. Key topics to be covered include the COVID-19 pandemic, federalism, and individual rights; elections and voting; executive orders and the limits of presidential power; and the Supreme Court and judicial nominations.

Three 15‐​minute workshops will follow the moderated conversation. The nation’s leading organizations in civic education—iCivics, National Constitution Center, and Bill of Rights Institute—will host the workshops and talk about the latest offerings that they have to support classroom education this year. Each workshop will highlight tools and resources to help you be more effective in teaching civic education.

The program will conclude with a Q&A with our opening panel of constitutional scholars who will address your biggest questions and concerns on constitutional issues.


Join the event via Zoom at 7:30 PM EDT

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Program

7:30–8:00 PM

A Conversation on Constitutional Issues in an Unusual Year

Kannon K. Shanmugam, Chair, Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group, and Managing Partner, Paul, Weiss LLP
Ilya Shapiro, Director, Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute
Elizabeth B. Wydra, President, Constitutional Accountability Center
Moderated by Caleb O. Brown, Director of Multimedia, Cato Institute

8:00–8:45 PM

Workshops
Please note that the following workshops will be conducted as 15‐​minute breakout sessions with participants rotating through all three workshops over the course of 45 minutes.

  • iCivics
    Hosted by Emma Humphries, Chief Education Officer, iCivics

    You know iCivics for their fun and free digital games, but they have over 250 other resources in their library. Learn about their recent “Tough and Timely” infographic series as well as their “Student Power Elections Pack” – a brand new resource designed for teenagers to explore rich avenues for engaging in the Election (beyond voting!) that are open to all young people. Click here for more information.
     
  • National Constitution Center
    Hosted by Kerry Sautner, Chief Learning Officer, National Constitution Center

    Hear all about the National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution project as well as a new Exchange Program. Click here for more information.
     
  • Bill of Rights Institute
    Hosted by Gary Colletti, Director, Teacher and Student Programs, Bill of Rights Institute

    Learn more about the Bill of Right’s Institute’s new digital textbook Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Click here for more information.
8:45–9:00 PM

Q&A with Constitutional Scholars

Kannon K. Shanmugam, Chair, Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group, and Managing Partner, Paul, Weiss LLP
Ilya Shapiro, Director, Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute
Elizabeth B. Wydra, President, Constitutional Accountability Center
Moderated by Caleb O. Brown, Director of Multimedia, Cato Institute