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?
Who can get involved with CITC?
We encourage all lawyers and law students to volunteer with ACS in our CITC program. Participating is easy. ACS prepares topical lessons plans every year that volunteers can use in elementary, middle or high school classrooms. Some of our ACS chapters coordinate classrooms, but individuals are also encouraged to reach out to their local schools to set up opportunities. If you are interested in coordinating a program in your area please sign-up here or e-mail us at [email protected].
Former U.S. Solicitor General Teaches 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.