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Constitutional Scholars Institute 2020

Constitutional Scholars Institute Summer 2020


Join us for five knowledge-filled days this summer to examine the American Presidency and the Presidential Election process through the lens of The Constitution

Constitutional Scholars Institute Classroom Lecture

  • Dates: July 26-31, 2020
  • Schedule: Monday-Thursday and 9:00-5pm and Friday (9:00-12:00)
  • Class Sessions: Held at the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA; and other sites throughout the historic area.
  • Registration Deadline:  March 20, 2020

Download Your Scholarship Application Form

What makes our Summer Institutes so impactful?

Watch the video and see what teachers and education professionals alike say about their Summer Institute experiences.

What can you expect at the Summer Institute?

We will delve into the nature of Presidential Power (the framers’ design and intent), the road to the White House, and Presidential Leadership. This summer is the perfect time to explore the history of the Presidency and the impact of the 2020 Presidential Election. We’ll examine these questions:

  • What was the Constitutional Framers’ original vision of the presidency and how does the language of The Constitution both strengthen and constrain the chief executive?
  • How did the earliest presidents re-shape the development of this vision?
  • How has the historical balance of power shifted between the White House and the Capitol, both because of the actions of various presidents and the Supreme Court’s decisions?
  • How have 21st Century presidencies changed America’s Constitutional separation of powers system of government?
  • What lies ahead for the American presidency?
  • What impact will the 2020 elections have on all these questions?
  • How will the Electoral College shape the 2020 Campaign?

Read what other attendees said about last year’s institute

You can also read our institute reports from previous years and gain greater insight into the work we are doing with scholars and teachers every summer.

Scholarships Available

The Constitutional Scholar’s program costs approximately $2000 per teacher, but thanks to the generosity of private donors, a limited number of scholarships are available. Submission deadline for scholarship applications is March 20, 2020.

Constitutional Scholars Institute Classroom Lecture to teachers

Scholarships cover the cost of…

  • All educational sessions with scholars and guest speakers including Bruce Murphy, Terry Madonna, Keith Whittington and many more.
  • Accommodations: Participants will stay at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District in single occupancy rooms
  • Two dinners
  • Lunches
  • Reading materials
  • Teaching resources
  • Documentation for re-certification credits

Please Note: Scholarship funds do not cover the cost of transportation to and from the Institute.

Download Your Scholarship Application Form

Submission Deadline: March 20, 2020

Constitutional Scholars Institute Classroom Lecture Teacher from BostonSample daily schedule

  • 9:00:  A Visit with George Washington
  • 10:15 The Nature of Presidential Power
  • 11:30 Break
  • 11:45: The Constitution and the Presidency
  • 1:00: Lunch
  • 2:00:  In the Classroom
  • 2:45: Museum of the American Revolution Resources & Tour
  • 5:00: Free time

The program begins Sunday night with a dinner and orientation. It ends on Friday by 11:00 a.m.  Several evening programs are planned for participants to experience the sights and sounds of Philadelphia including dinner at City Tavern, night tour of Independence Hall, Philly Cheesesteaks, and more!

We look forward to having you join us this summer!

Constitutional Scholars Institute Teacher Group DiscussionWhat participants have said about past Summer Institutes…

  • Overall, this experience exceeded my expectations on every level. The quality of the lectures, presentations, materials, “field trips”/special events, and accommodations was outstanding. Getting to hear from so many scholars who have literally “written the book” on their field of expertise was gratifying. I anticipate being able to bring back a new series of approaches to the Constitution to help my students better understand its relevance and complexity.
  • This has been, hands down, one of the most educationally enriching experiences I have ever had. It has opened my eyes to making sure my students develop critical thinking skills.
  • This week was a stunning blend of context, pedagogy and experiential learning. Rare opportunities like Town hall tours, meeting judges, working in the courtroom, and hearing from scholars. Sparked genuine enthusiasm that cannot be fabricated and is sure to be contagious.
  • I really appreciated being treated as a professional educator. The content was delivered at a high level and went beyond the basics we should all know by now.
  • This has been the best professional development experience of my career. I’m so thankful to have spent this week with this staff, these speakers, and these teachers. Leaving is incredibly bittersweet.
  • The content knowledge I gained will be transferred to my future students along with my willingness to continue to learn and read about the topics we discussed. Also, many of the resources and lesson ideas will be incorporated.

Teachers attending one of many lectures hosted bu the Rendell Center

Constitutional Scholars Institute Teacher Group Discussion

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Specker, bspecker@rendellcenter.org or bethspecker@gmail.com

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