July 10-14, 2017 – Washington, D.C.
Join the Bill of Rights Institute for five days of enriching professional development in Washington, D.C. This program will give attendees the opportunity to read and discuss the primary source documents surrounding the idea of Manifest Destiny and Western expansion in the United States. Attending teachers will participate in Socratic discussions with other participants led by scholars knowledgeable on these topics.
Eligibility: Social Studies teachers of grades 7-12.
Objectives: Teachers will be equipped to guide students to do the following:
- Examine principles of liberty and republican government
- Analyze and discuss the rhetoric and impetus behind western expansion
- Evaluate the impact of the idea of Manifest Destiny and western expansion upon our political order
Required pre-conference readings to include selections from:
- The Federalist Papers
- The Anti-Federalist Papers
- Webster-Hayne Debate
- Charles-Louis de Secondat Montesquieu
- Woodrow Wilson
Discussions on topics to include:
- The Nature of the Union
- Separation of Powers
- Contemporary Implications of Liberty
Applicants should understand that scheduled activities will occupy much of their time each day. From the program opening at 6:30 p.m. on Monday July 10th until its closing at noon on Friday July 14th, there will be only brief times for individual tourist and sight-seeing activities. Unfortunately, we are not able to include any participant’s family or guests in any of the scheduled activities. Participants invited to join the program should arrange travel schedules so that they arrive at the conference hotel by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, and departing flights should be scheduled no earlier than 2:00 p.m. on Friday.
- The program begins with required pre-conference readings which will be sent to participants in May.
- Lodging, transportation during the program, and most meals will be covered by the Institute. Lodging and program sessions will take place at a hotel in the Washington, D.C. area.
- Participants will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from Washington, D.C., but will receive a $450 travel stipend at the conclusion of the program.
- Participating teachers will receive a certificate for 16 seat hours.
Application Period and Process
- The application period will run from November 1, 2016-March 15, 2017.
- Acceptances will be made by mid-April.
Have questions about the program? Contact Laura Vlk at email@example.com!