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Summer Institute Accommodations and Logistics

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Summer Institute Accommodations and Logistics

Teachers attending one of many lectures hosted bu the Rendell CenterAccommodations and Logistics


A group block has been reserved at the Hilton Philadelphia Penn’s Landing at a discounted rate of $149.00 per night plus taxes. This is a huge savings for hotel rooms in the historic area during the peak summer tourist and convention season. The block has been reserved for the institute checking in on the 21st of July and departing on the 27th. Please contact The Rendell Center at bspecker@rendellcenter.org should you desire to be paired up with a roommate. The hotel is Philadelphia’s premiere waterfront hotel, a short distance from the heart of the historic district of Philadelphia with much to see and do. You will be able to stroll the cobblestone street of Elfreth’s Alley, visit the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Franklin Court, Betsy Ross house, and be immersed in the sites and sounds of America’s most historic square mile.

Philadelphia’s historic district

The hotel will offer a complimentary shuttle service to institute sessions. Participants can also dine in the hotel’s waterfront restaurant, Keating’s Rope & Anchor Bar + Kitchen, enjoy a dip in the indoor pool or re-energize in the coffee shop. Onsite valet and self parking is also available. Institute staff will be staying at the hotel and an institute hospitality room will also be available for conversation and office time at night with the program director. The first night’s dinner and programing will be at the hotel as well as the last day’s session.

Judges on Judging at the National Constitution CenterClassroom Sessions – National Constitution Center

All sessions will be held at the National Constitution Center except for the Saturday session which will be held at the Hilton Penn’s Landing. The National Constitution Center is the first and only institution in America established by Congress to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.” The Constitution Center brings the United States Constitution to life by hosting interactive exhibits and constitutional conversations and inspires active citizenship by celebrating the American constitutional tradition. National Constitution Center staff will be integral to the running of the conference. Participants will be able to take advantage of the resources of the museum. They will be able to explore the many powerful exhibits, have lively discussions with museum educators, and/or discover ways to incorporate the web-based, Interactive Constitution into their classrooms.

Special Programs

Museum of the American Revolution

Participants will have an opportunity to visit the Museum of the American Revolution. Philadelphia’s newest museum it explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive digital elements bring to life the diverse array of people that created a new nation against incredible odds.

Judicial Programs

David Travaskis teaches a The Institute also will provide several experiential learning opportunities for the teachers, including a mock Supreme Court simulation led by David Trevaskis, a recipient of the American Bar Association Isadore Starr Award for Excellence in Law-Related Education. There also will be opportunities to engage in dialogue with members of the judiciary during the sessions Judges on Judicial Independence and You be the Judge.

Interactive Constitution

Additionally, attendees will have time to participate in an intensive workshop on the Interactive Constitution, an engaging web-based tool that helps to make the Constitution more approachable and meaningful. During this workshop, participants will learn how to use the Interactive Constitution and bring it into their classrooms. Participants will be provided with suggested lesson activities, including long-term research and writing projects, with a range of lesson options based on grade level, student ability and prior knowledge of the subject matter.

1770s-era characters perform live at the City Tavern in PhiladelphiaIndependence After Hours

Independence After Hours takes you on a realistic journey back to 1776. After an 18th-century-inspired dinner at historic City Tavern, and a visit by Thomas Jefferson, the group sneaks into Independence Hall where they eavesdrop on Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin discussing the Declaration of Independence.









For additional information, contact Beth Specker, Executive Director:

P: 215-746-6336

E: bspecker@rendellcenter.org


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