Equal Protection and the Constitution

Teaching Modern Struggles for Justice with Struggling Learners

Emerging America
Graduate Credits: 


This online course is offered free of charge thanks to a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at CES.

How can teachers of struggling learners in institutional settings engage students with study of the U.S. Constitution? Join peers from DYS, SEIS, and community schools to study modern constitutional struggles for equality and justice. From speech to desegregation to equal pay to gay marriage, the 14th Amendment reaches all people and has greatly expanded the powers of the federal government. Work in groups to investigate a wealth of primary sources - featuring images, maps, oral histories, and documents from the Library of Congress - to develop powerful inquiry-based lessons that bring this crucial document to life. 


Teachers in institutions and alternative settings; Grades 6 - 12. Please note that SEIS-DYS teachers will receive preference.


67.5 PDPs or 3 graduate credits in partnership with Westfield State University. To earn PDPs or Graduate Credit, participants must complete all assignments by the last class, details of which will be provided in the class syllabus. Graduate Credit from Westfield State University costs $325. Registration for Graduate Credit takes place in the first class, with payment accepted by credit card or check.


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


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    Kelley Brown is past head of the Social Studies Department at Easthampton High School. Since 2006, she has led high school teacher instruction in History for DYS and for Emerging America TAH. She was the 2010 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year and the 2016 recipient of the Don Salvucci Award for Excellence in Promoting Civics Education from the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies.

For more information, contact:
Director, Emerging America
413.586.4900 x5936