Professional Development Programs



A Virtual Professional Development Program for Educators
Policing and the Constitution

December 8, 2020 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST

This professional development program for K–12 educators will feature a lecture on Policing and the Constitution with Clark Neily, vice president for criminal justice at the Cato Institute; Kerry Sautner, chief learning officer at the National Constitution Center; and J. Scott Thomson, former Police Chief of Camden, New Jersey; followed by workshops from iCivics, the National Constitution Center, and the Bill of Rights Institute.



A Virtual Professional Development Program for Educators
Ten Global Trends

December 1, 2020 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST

A special event exclusively for Sphere alumni on the recently released book Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: And Many Others You Will Find Interesting by Ronald A. Bailey and Marian L. Tupy.



A Virtual Professional Development Program for Educators
Executive Power and the Modern Presidency

November 17, 2020 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST

This professional development program for K–12 educators will feature a lecture on Executive Power and the Modern Presidency with Caroline Fredrickson, senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice and visiting Georgetown law professor; Gene Healy, vice president at the Cato Institute; followed by workshops from iCivics, the National Constitution Center, and the Bill of Rights Institute.



A Sphere Symposium with Harpeth Hall School
The State of Democracy and Civil Society

October 29, 2020 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

Harpeth Hall Center for Civic Engagement in collaboration with the Cato Institute Sphere Education Initiative are pleased to present a conversation on the state of democracy and civil society. This symposium features Elaine Kamarck, Founding Director of the Center for Effective Public Management and Senior Fellow of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution; Peter Goettler, President and CEO of the Cato Institute; Angela Sailor, Vice President of the Feulner Institute at the Heritage Foundation. Moderated by Pulitzer Prize‐​winning historian Jon Meacham.



A Virtual Professional Development Program for Educators
The Electoral College: History and Controversies in an Election Year

October 14, 2020 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

This professional development program for K–12 educators will feature a lecture on Electoral College: History and Controversies in an Election Year with Cato Institute Vice President John Samples followed by workshops from iCivics, the National Constitution Center, and the Bill of Rights Institute.



A Back‐​to‐​School Virtual Professional Development Program for Educators
Constitutional Issues in an Unusual Year

September 2, 2020 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

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.