The Constitution in the Classroom

 
Constitution in the Classroom — bringing ACS lawyers and law students to America's schools

 

 

“ACS’s Constitution in the Classroom project has done an outstanding job of translating constitutional values into relevant and engaging constitutional lessons for students across America.  By encouraging civic participation and constitutional dialogue, it has become a symbol of the difficult work that is democracy.“
- Andrew Ferguson, Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia,
Co-Founder of Constitution in the Classroom

 

What is Constitution in the Classroom?

Constitution in the Classroom brings ACS members into primary and secondary classrooms to raise awareness of fundamental constitutional principles. As lawyers, law students and educators we have a resource that we can share with students: our knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution.  By spending as little as one hour teaching in a high school, middle school or elementary school classroom, you can excite young minds about their constitutional rights and responsibilities.

 

When is CITC?

 

ACS's Constitution in the Classroom program takes place on or around Law Day in the spring and Constitution Day in the fall.  Constitution Day is a federally observed holiday recognizing the adoption of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Although we coordinate our Spring CITC program around Law Day and our Fall CITC program around Constitution Day, we welcome volunteers to teach anytime throughout the school year. We take this opportunity to teach the lessons based on the U.S. Constitution in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the U.S. 

 
 
 
                                                   

Who can get involved with CITC?

We strongly encourage all lawyers and law students to volunteer with ACS in our CITC program.  If you are interested in coordinating a program in your area please e-mail us at classroom@acslaw.org.

ACS’s Constitution in the Classroom is a great way to go out into the community and teach local school kids about the importance of the Constitution.  We hope you join us in these efforts and volunteer for our Constitution in the Classroom program.

 

 

 

Tell us about your experience!

Let us know about your chapter's time in the classrom here. Also be sure to send photos to campus@acslaw.org!


 

Calling All Classroom Volunteers!

 

If you are interested in coordinating this program in your area, please email classroom@acslaw.org.

 

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Watch Former U.S. Solicitor General Teach in D.C. Public Schools

Former Solicitor General and assistant Attorney General Walter Dellinger spoke with fourth grade students at Ross Elementary School in Washington, D.C., about their own rights to free speech in celebration of Constitution Day.  He taught the Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District case and explained that he was a clerk for then-Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black when Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District was heard by the court.


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CITC in the News

 

Marin City students get lesson on the Constitution from local lawyer

Marin Independent Journal

April 23, 2013

"I see kids getting excited about the law. They are the ones who are going to be our leaders."

-Anna Tryon Pletcher, ACS Bay Area Lawyer Chapter

 

Program lets students get a personal look at the Constitution

The Bend Bulletin

September 18, 2012

"It's all about making it current and showing kids that the Constitution is a living thing. We're showing them that it matters."

-Alycia Sykora, ACS Oregon Lawyer Chapter

 

A New Spin on Freedom of Speech

Huffington Post

May 21, 2012

"By the end of the Hack Jam, youth and mentors alike carried a newfound understanding of the scope and power of freedom of speech."

 

Spare Times - For Children for May 11-17

The New York Times

May 10, 2012

Click here to read more about The Hive NYC First Amendment Hack Jam, an extension of ACS's Constitution in the Classroom program.

 

The Many Meanings of the Constitution

BU Today

May 8, 2012

“It’s really important for children at this age to start thinking about these questions...Our future leaders of tomorrow are sitting in that classroom.”

-Greg Whitten, BU Law student volunteer

 

South Florida lawyers use Law Week to enlighten public

Daily Business Review

May 1, 2012

 

Constitution In the Classroom: BU Law students bring constitutional law course to local high school

Boston University School of Law

March 2012

 

Constitution In the Classroom

Central Oregonian

October 13, 2011

"There is interest...There is follow-through. It does make a difference."

-Jim Bates, Principal, Cecil Sly Elementary School

 

SG Gets Schooled

Legal Bisnow

September 29, 2011

"In celebration of Constitution Day, the fourth graders at Ross Elementary School in Dupont Circle got a lesson on the Constitution from one of its best experts."

 

Constitution Day: Not Just for Tea Partiers Anymore

Mother Jones

September 20, 2011

"[Walter Dellinger] came to Ross [Elementary] courtesy of the American Constitution Society, a liberal-leaning legal group that's been holding Constitution Day classes since long before the tea party even existed."

 

Let's Help, Not Hinder, Schools in Teaching the Constitution

The Huffington Post

September 16, 2011

"While the Constitution deserves much more than a day, ACS applauds the recognition this day gives to that great document."
-Caroline Fredrickson, Executive Director, American Constitution Society

 

Students Discuss Rights

The Bend Bulletin

September 18, 2010

"The goal is to get kids fired up about the Constitution. We're hoping to spark their interest."

-Alycia Sykora, Attorney, Miller Nash

 

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Constitution in the Classroom Curriculum

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ACS has partnered with the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at American University Washington College of Law.  ACS would like to thank the Marshall-Brennan Project for developing the new curriculum and for partnering with ACS members throughout the country to educate school kids on the importance of the Constitution.

 

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