Join the Bill of Rights Institute for five days of enriching professional development in Washington, D.C. This program will give attendees the opportunity to read and discuss the primary source documents surrounding the debate following the Constitutional Convention. Attending teachers will participate in Socratic discussions with other participants led by scholars knowledgeable on these topics.

Eligibility: Social Studies teachers of grades 7-12.

Program Overview:

Objectives: Teachers will be equipped to guide students to do the following:

  • Examine the constitutional principles of liberty, separation of powers, and republican government
  • Analyze and discuss the arguments of both the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists
  • Evaluate to what extent the Constitution has been preserved over time

Required pre-conference readings to include selections from:

  • The Federalist Papers
  • The Anti-Federalist Papers

Discussions on topics to include:

  • The Nature of the Union
  • Separation of Powers
  • Contemporary Implications of Liberty

Applicants should understand that scheduled activities will occupy much of their time each day.  From the program opening at 6:30 p.m. on Monday July 11th until its closing at noon on Friday July 15th, there will be only brief times for individual tourist and sight-seeing activities. Unfortunately, we are not able to include any participant’s family or guests in any of the scheduled activities. Participants invited to join the program should arrange travel schedules so that they arrive at the conference hotel by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, and departing flights should be scheduled no earlier than 2:00 p.m. on Friday.

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