Constitution in the Classroom

Bringing ACS lawyers and law students to America's schools

Volunteer to Teach a Lesson About the Constitution 

Volunteer to Teach a Lesson About the Constitution

Constitution in the Classroom gives lawyers and law students the opportunity to teach lessons on various constitutional topics to elementary, middle, and high school students. Our curriculum this year focuses on the timely topic of Voting Rights.

ACS encourages members to get involved around Constitution Day (September 17) and Law Day (May 1), but you can organize a Constitution in the Classroom event in your community year-round! Now is a great time to organize a classroom remotely.

Due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 outbreak, we are not advising members to do in person school visits at the moment, but our curriculum is easily adaptable for online lessons! This is a great time to teach a remote lesson or share with children who may be learning from home now. While programs will vary for each school, Google Hangouts are a free and easy way to conduct lessons online. Please email LCEmails@acslaw.org with any questions or concerns.

About CITC

 

“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.

Teach a Lesson

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 LCEmails@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.

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.