ConSource offers high quality K-12 lesson plans and guides to constitutional themes, written by ConSource staff, institutional partners, and contributing educators. View the collection here.
Virtual Supreme Court Competition for High School Students
During the October 2012 Supreme Court term, The Harlan Institute and The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource) launched the Virtual Supreme Court Competition. By participating in this competition, high school students gain experience in researching contemporary constitutional issues, crafting persuasive appellate briefs on their classroom blogs, and presenting convincing oral arguments to legal experts in our virtual courtroom over Google+ Video Hangouts.
The Virtual Supreme Court Competition takes place in two stages: submission of an appellate brief and presentation of oral argument. In 2016, the high school finalists participated in the championship round in front a panel of distinguished judges at the National Constitution Center as part of their Annual Freedom Day Celebration. The grand prize for the top two high school students is an all-expense paid trip to attend ConSource’s Annual Constitution Day Celebration. Students and teachers can register for the competition here.
Constitution Crash Course
ConSource offers a three-and-a-half hour course exploring the text, structure and history of the U.S. Constitution. Participants will closely read the text of the Constitution, explore important constitutional precedents such as the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 and Articles of Confederation, and review the Constitutional Convention and state ratification debates. The goal of the course is to give participants a fuller understanding of U.S. Constitutional history. Upon request, the course can be taught as a day-long workshop. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Civic Education Coalitions
ConSource is involved with two major civic education coalitions.
The Civics Renewal Network, Charter Member
The Civics Renewal Network is an alliance of 26 nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations that provide free online classroom resources for civics education. The organizations gathered in April 2013 during a Civics Summit convened at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Sharing the belief that understanding the Constitution plays a vital role in creating knowledgeable and engaged citizens, they agreed to work together as the Civics Renewal Network to raise the visibility of civics education and to make high-quality resources more accessible to teachers through a one-stop website. The network partners also will collaborate on developing resources in the future and on events such as Constitution Day.
Partner organizations include: American Bar Association, Annenberg Learner, Annenberg Public Policy Center, Bill of Rights Institute, Center for Civic Education, Center on Congress at Indiana University, Constitutional Rights Foundation, Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Constitutional Sources Project, Dirksen Congressional Center, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, iCivics, James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Constitution Center, National History Day -National Endowment for the Humanities, EDSITEment Project, Newseum, Rock the Vote, Share My Lesson, Street Law, U.S. Courts, What So Proudly We Hail
The National Constitutional Literacy Campaign, Founding Partner and Campaign Lead
The Mission of the National Constitutional Literacy Campaign is to increase visibility and financial support for the constellation of organizations educating citizens along the learning spectrum – from kindergarten to adulthood—about the American Constitution and our nation’s history.
To achieve our goals, we have assembled a broad and diverse group of organizations, including non-partisan non-profits, for-profit entities, and groups from both the left and right who believe in the fundamental importance of constitutional literacy and civics education. We believe that by harnessing the power of organizations from the right, left, and center, we can reach and, ultimately, educate a much broader segment of the national population.
In order to facilitate civic learning throughout a citizen’s lifetime and to promote the current work of campaign partners, the National Constitutional Literacy Campaign will engage with key stakeholders that touch millions of citizens everyday and have a significant role to play in addressing the civic education crisis, including:
- The President
- The Courts
- State and Local Governments
- The Media
- Academic and Trade Publishers
- Legal Community
- Non-Profit organizations, museums, and historic sites
- Faith Institutions
Campaign Partners include: ConSource, Essentials in Education, The National Constitution Center, The Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies & Citizenship at Hillsdale College, The Joe Foss Institute, American Council of Trustees and Alumni, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, The Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, The Center for Civic Education, The George Nethercutt Foundation, The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, Education for All, Institute for American Constitutional Heritage at The University of Oklahoma, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, One Generation Away, The Constitution Bee, The Washington Times, and The Harlan Institute