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Religious Liberty: Constitutional Conversations for the Classroom

This two-day professional development workshop is best suited for Middle and High School Social Studies and English Language Arts teachers.


This unique opportunity combines an in-depth exploration of the pedagogy of Socratic Practice focusing on the historic and continuing importance of religious liberty in the United States.  This two day workshop provides teachers historically-accurate resources and training so they can confidently and effectively guide their students through dialogue-based discussions rooted in important texts on the subject of religious freedom.  The learning goals of the workshop are twofold – inquiry into the complexity of religious liberty and Constitutional principles coupled with increased confidence and mastery of conducting classroom dialogues. Teachers will have opportunity to experience immersed collaboration with colleagues, and the ability to bring practical applications and resources back to their classes.

Please note that the location for the program will be at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust (655 West Columbia Way Suite 700, Vancouver, WA 98660). If accommodations are needed for Saturday night, they will be available at no cost to you at the Red Lion Jantzen Beach, with shuttle service to and from the program venue. Please check that you will require lodging on the application. 

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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