Understanding and Teaching the US Constitution in the 21st Century

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Emerging America
Graduate Credits: 
Offered by: 
Professional DevelopmentHistory and Social Studies


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?

In this fully online training, participants will:

  • Investigate questions of justice and equality from the origins of the Constitution to the present.
  • 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 and Grade Level

Teachers; Grades 5-12


67.5 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of this training. 

Participants may choose instead to take this course for 3 graduate credit in partnership with Westfield State University. To earn PDPs or Graduate Credit, participants must complete all assignments, details of which will be provided in the class syllabus. Graduate Credit from Westfield State University costs $325.

Date and Location

This training is fully online and will take place from July 1, 2019 through August 16, 2019.

There are two scheduled online sessions participants are required to virtually attend:

  • July 24, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • August 7, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $65 for member districts and $72.50 for non-member districts.

Registration Deadline: June 23


  • 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.

  • 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:

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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 collaborative.org. You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.