LECTURES & DISCUSSIONS
Teachers will focus on Units 3 and 4 in the We the People textbook, exploring the questions: How has the Constitution been changed to further the ideals contained in the Declaration of Independence? and How have the values and principles embodied in the Constitution shaped American institutions and practices?
ACCOMMODATIONS & MEALS
Participants will enjoy free housing in the Constitutional Village at James Madison’s Montpelier, as well as free meals catered on-site.
Each participant will receive a classroom set of We the People textbooks (30 student books, one teacher’s edition) and a selection of readings on the Constitution.
SIMULATED CONGRESSIONAL HEARING
Teachers will participate in a simulated congressional hearing on the final afternoon of the seminar. The simulated congressional hearing is a performance-based assessment tool built into the We the People curriculum. The format provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of constitutional principles while providing teachers with an authentic means of assessing knowledge.
SPECIAL TOURS OF MONTPELIER
Participants will go on educational tours with Montpelier’s professional staff that support the topics of the seminar, exploring James and Dolley Madison’s 2,700-acre estate in central Virginia.
Master teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels will demonstrate lessons from the We the People curriculum and serve as mentors to assist and advise participants.
Participants will receive a letter to share with school districts documenting the seminar’s contact hours (approximately 25) for professional development from your local school system.
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