Equality Before the Law

The U.S. Constitution and Struggles for Justice

Emerging America
PDPs: 
67.5
Graduate Credits: 
3
Offered by: 
Professional DevelopmentHistory and Social Studies
Professional DevelopmentSummer Academy

Description

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

How well has the U.S. Constitution protected the individual rights of all Americans? Who has been left out and why? How has Constitutional protection evolved? Hear from Akhil Amar, top Constitutional scholar. Investigate questions of justice and equality from the origins of the Constitution to the present.

Guided by classroom teachers Kelley Brown and Laurie Risler, 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 to bring this crucial document to life. Draft, teach, and reflect with fellow teachers on what works and how to strengthen the lesson.  

Audience

Elementary and Social Studies teachers; Grades 3 - 12.

Credits

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.

Availability

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

Instructor(s)

  • 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.

  • Laurie Risler

    Laurie Risler is a former elementary school teacher. She now teaches education courses at Westfield State University. She has co-led professional development programs in history for the Collaborative for Educational Services since 2011, including as a coach for the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at CES. She served as Teacher in Residence at Westfield State University 2012-2013.

  • Akhil Reed Amar photo

    Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School. He has written widely for popular publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and Slate. He is also author of several books, including The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First PrinciplesThe Bill of Rights:

  • Rich Cairn

    Rich Cairn has directed the Emerging America program since 2006. Emerging America includes Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History Institutes: "Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry."

For more information, contact:
Position: 
Director, Emerging America
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5936
Email: 
rcairn@collaborative.org