Presidential and Congressional Academies for American History and Civics

The Center for Civic Education will conduct a five-year series of Presidential Academies for teachers and Congressional Academies for students that will include a two-week experience each summer in conjunction with exemplary scholars and mentor teachers. This year's Academies will take place July 7-20. Participants will be immersed in the study of constitutional history and principles following the intellectual framework of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution curriculum. The We the People program is an innovative course of study that focuses on the history and principles of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The project will provide:

  • High-quality professional development in the content and methods of history and civics for a group of 51 new and veteran teachers of high-need students per year with goal of improving their improving subject knowledge and pedagogy. The professional development will include high-quality interactive instruction and a professional learning community aided by a History and Civics Online Forum. The stipend for teacher participants is $500.
  • High-quality, interactive instruction in history and civics for a group of 102 high-need high school students per year with the goal of improving their content knowledge, skills, and attitudes. The students will be aided by a Student Online Forum.
  • Outreach and follow-up activities through the use of a series of eight online videos by leading scholars and four webinars that will help extend the teachers’ professional development and can also benefit students and the general public.

The Academies will take place concurrently at Goucher College (Baltimore, MD), which is conducive to thoughtful lectures, discussions, and individual and collaborative work and is convenient for visits to numerous National Parks and the nation’s Capital.

Teachers will be selected from schools with strong administrative support for work with high-need students. For each teacher, two high-need students from that teacher’s school or school district will apply jointly and participate in the Academies. At most sessions the teachers and students will meet separately but there will be times for joint activities during the summer and school year.

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The deadline to submit applications is March 1, 2019, and participants will be notified of the decision by April 1.

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Posted: February 18, 2019
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia