2020–21 We the People Training Cohort

Cohort Kickoff: June 29–July 9, 2020
The Summer Institute is going virtual!

Check out the Summer Institute agenda!

Applications are now closed for the 2020–2021 learning cohort. The cohort will 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 2020 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). The Summer Institute is offered virtually, with the fall and spring training formats to be determined based on what is safest for the health of our participants.

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 when possible, field trips, and participate in simulated congressional hearings modeled after the We the People culminating activity.

In return for participation in the Training Program, teachers will use the We the People curriculum 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 is 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 2020 We the People Summer Institute will be held virtually over June 29–July 9, 2020, where participants will attend lectures from Dr. Lester Brooks, a long-time We the people professional development scholar and history professor at Anne Arundel Community College, and Carl Snowden, a lifelong civil rights activist, and the first civil rights director for Maryland’s Office of the Attorney General. . We will alternate content days with days led by our experienced mentor teachers, who will lead lesson demonstrations and offer tips for using the We the People curriculum.

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*/**

* During in-person events
** Up to $100 per participant

How to Apply:

Applications are now closed for the 2020–21 We the People Training Cohort.

Please email emily@vacivics.org with any questions.



Thank you to Virginia Humanities for their generous support of the 2020–2021 We the People Training Program!