2014 Founders Fellowship:

Liberty and Security - July 21-24, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

Join the Bill of Rights Institute for four days of enriching professional development in Philadelphia, PA. This program will enrich you as a learner and help you wrestle as a scholar with the complex ideas of liberty in times when national security is called into question. Attending teachers will participate in pedagogical sessions with a master teacher, lectures and discussion sessions with a Constitutional Scholar, as well as visit historic sites in Philadelphia.

Eligibility: Social Studies teachers of grades 7-12.

Program Overview: read the complete program description here.

Program Details:

  • 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 most program sessions will take place at a hotel in Philadelphia
  • Participants will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from Philadelphia, but will receive a $400 travel stipend at the conclusion of the program.
  • An additional $100 will be available upon completion of all post-program activities. *Required activities include a completed lesson plan, and the administration of two in-class, student quizzes.
  • Participating teachers will receive a certificate for 20 seat hours.

Application Period and Process

  • The application period will run from November 1, 2013-March 31, 2014.
  • Acceptances will be made by mid-April.


A co-sponsored program with the National Constitution Center.

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia is the Museum of We the People, America’s Town Hall, and a Headquarters for Civic Education. As the Museum of We the People, the National Constitution Center brings the United States Constitution to life for visitors of all ages and inspires active citizenship by celebrating the American constitutional tradition. The museum features interactive exhibits, engaging theatrical performances, and original documents of freedom. As the only institution established by Congress to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis,” the National Constitution Center serves as a Headquarters for Civic Education-offering cutting-edge learning resources including the premier online Interactive Constitution. As America’s Town Hall, the National Constitution Center hosts timely constitutional conversations uniting distinguished leaders, scholars, authors, and journalists from across the political spectrum. www.constitutioncenter.org