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The Constitution and the Pursuit of Happiness: Institutions, Virtue and Civic Dispositions

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67.5 PDPs
Grade K-12
Graduate Credits Available

Learn and develop effective strategies for teaching civics and the US Constitution by using primary sources and inquiry-based instruction.

This 3-credit graduate course, taught by master teacher Kelley Brown with constitutional scholar David Hudson, will explore how civic institutions, civic virtue, and civic behaviors shape the US Constitution to allow for the pursuit of happiness. The class will develop themes, activities, and ideas that can engage students at every grade level.

• 3-module, fully online course with two live webinars

• combination of scholar lectures, assigned readings, online discussions, and seminars

• choice and differentiated resources for all educators, K-12, to meet the needs of learners at various levels of understanding and grade-level teaching

• exploration of the US Constitution and civic education through three complementary foundational pillars:

•government institutions,

•personal and public virtue, and

•civic dispositions

Each teacher will end up with an exciting new lesson and source-set (fully aligned to standards including the Massachusetts 2018 Social Studies Curriculum Framework) connected to the US Constitution.

Instructor Kelley Brown will guide candidates through the digital resources of the Library of Congress and other online material, and engage them in primary source analysis and strategies to find and access a range of primary sources.

Scholar David Hudson, Jr., will work with course participants to answer questions and present current research on the history, origin, creation, and application of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. His presentations will deepen participants’ understanding and help them further develop and refine their lesson materials.


Massachusetts teachers receive 67.5 PDPs upon completion of this course. CES will send others a letter of participation for 45 hours. Both can be earned if participants complete all readings, webinars, and assignments.

Participants may choose to take this course for 3 graduate credits in partnership with Westfield State University for an additional $315.

This program is made possible with support from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University.

Registration Options

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A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide.

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413-200-8395 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.

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Payment Methods

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  • Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard)
  • Check
  • Purchase Order
  • CES Internal Transfer
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