Interactive Constitution Classroom Edition on Its Way
- By Dian Schaffhauser
A nonprofit that serves as a forum for discussion and education on the U.S. Constitution has boosted the number of K-12 educators on an advisory board to help it ramp up curriculum in a classroom edition of its "interactive Constitution." The National Constitution Center added 18 people from all across the country to its teacher advisory board to serve as evaluators in the project.
The current interactive Constitution features scholars debating each provision and citing relevant decisions. Those experts have been selected with guidance from two constitutional law organizations, the American Constitution Society (considered progressive) and the Federalist Society (with primarily conservative and libertarian leanings).
The latest collaboration with educators will help the Center enhance its existing collection of free classroom materials and instruction with additional videos, lesson plans, games, civil dialogue toolkits and other multimedia teaching tools. Those resources, still in development, will also be distributed to Advanced Placement students through a partnership with the College Board for use in lessons on government, English and history.
Major support for the teacher advisory board has been provided by the John Templeton Foundation.
Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.