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American Citizenship and Civic Engagement

This one-day professional development workshop is best suited for Middle and High School Civics, Government, U.S. History, and Social Studies teachers.


This program encourages teachers to collaboratively explore the meaning of American citizenship and understand its many forms, including individual responsibility and civic engagement. Through a combination of content, scholar presentations, and lesson activities, participants will explore different definitions of citizenship and analyze the relationships between and among civic skills, virtues, and principles. In order to support students’ explorations of effective membership of a free society, the program will examine American civic virtues, how young peoples’ contributions work to solve problems 

in our own communities, and ask…, “What we need to know about concepts of civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions?” Participants will have the opportunity to engage with a scholar expert whose field of study will deepen their knowledge base on the topic of citizenship, as well as have rich interaction with fellow teacher colleagues to share ideas of pedagogy and practical classroom applications. 

At this time, the Bill of Rights Institute is planning to host in-person programming in the fall of 2020 but we plan to closely monitor the public health conditions and state and local guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will do our part to keep our participants and communities safe and if travel or gathering is ill-advised at the time of the program, we will explore alternative programming, and host online opportunities for professional development.

Details will be provided to participants if these changes become necessary.

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