2019 We the People Summer Institute

June 23–27, 2019
Virginia Museum of History and Culture
Richmond, VA

Applications are now closed for the 2019–2020 learning cohort to receive extensive mentorship from experienced We the People teachers and content knowledge from top constitutional scholars. Priority was given to educators who teach social studies, government, civics, and similar subjects. The cohort will begin with the 2019 We the People Summer Institute, and continue with two, one-day professional development workshops during the academic year (one in the fall, and one in the spring). See the draft agenda for the full itinerary.

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is a curriculum designed to help students understand the history and principles of our constitutional government. The program focuses on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights and fosters civic responsibility among elementary, middle, and high school students.

The We the People Training Program is a rigorous professional development program that brings teachers together to work with experienced mentors and scholars from a variety of disciplines. Participants attend lectures, interactive sessions, and field trips, and participate in simulated congressional hearings modeled after the We the People culminating activity.

In return for participation in the Training Program, we ask that teachers use We the People in their classroom and conduct a simulated congressional hearing with their students. VA Civics staff and mentors will also provide technical assistance and support throughout the academic year as teachers work towards full program implementation. Each member of the cohort will be required to complete 40 hours of instruction using We the People materials, a classroom simulated congressional hearing, administration of a student pre- and post-test, and to attend all three We the People professional development events (summer institute and two, one-day workshops).

The 2019 We the People Summer Institute will be held June 23–27, 2019, in Richmond, VA. “Home base” will be the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, where participants will attend lectures from a top constitutional scholar. Each afternoon, the city will become our classroom as we explore the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of Virginia state government through trips to the Virginia General Assembly and the Supreme Court of Virginia, among other sites.

Institute Scholar

Lauren C. Bell is Professor of Political Science and Dean of Academic Affairs at Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, Virginia. Dr. Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and Masters of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at The University of Oklahoma. She is a former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow (1997-98) on the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and a former United States Supreme Court fellow (2006-07) at the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, DC.

Participants receive at no cost:

• A classroom set of We the People student textbooks (or ebook licenses) and a We the People teacher’s guide
• Training and interaction with experienced scholars
• Breakfast and lunch
• Hotel accommodations*
• Plus, mileage reimbursement**

* For those traveling outside of Richmond
** Up to $100 per participant

How to Apply:

*Applications are now closed.*
Apply online using Google Forms (uploading the required documents will require you to sign in).

Priority will be given to educators who teach social studies, government, civics, and similar subjects.

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING APPLICATIONS IS May 31, 2019. Qualifying participants will be notified of acceptance in the order they are received and are accepted on a first come first serve basis.

This application requires you to submit a Statement of Administrative Support and two letters of recommendation. Be sure to have these documents ready before you proceed.

Please email emily@vacivics.org with any questions.