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About BRI


We seek an America where we more perfectly realize the promise of liberty and equality expressed in the Declaration of Independence. This calls for civic education that helps students examine the story of our country and exercise the skills of citizenship.

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The Bill of Rights Institute teaches civics. We equip students and teachers to live the ideals of a free and just society.

The BRI Promise

When educators or students use our curricula or attend an educational program, they can know exactly what to expect. That is because all of our educational resources and programs are developed in strict adherence to the BRI Promise. 

Explore our Vision, Mission, and Promise

Founded in 1999, the Bill of Rights Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization. Its team develops educational resources on American history and government, provides professional development opportunities to teachers, and runs student programs and scholarship contests. The Institute's depth of knowledge is drawn from a full-time staff with more than 100 years of combined classroom experience, as well as from partners who are experts in their fields.

"This is truly the best PD experience I have ever had. Not only were we given a wealth of resources to use with our classes, but we also were guided in the process of how to effectively use these materials with our different student populations." - Molly S., St. Petersburg, Florida
“I love the Bill of Rights Institute’s curriculum. It's ‘tweakable’ to fit all the levels of students I teach.” - Christy G., Texas teacher

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Are you looking to strengthen your school’s or districts’ social studies expertise in both knowledge and pedagogy? Bring BRI to your school to ensure your social studies educators are better equipped for educating young minds about the Founding and the Constitution and their importance today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. We offer professional development for middle and high school teachers as well as online courses and student contests to support educators.

Yes. We offer a variety of programs, resources, and scholarship opportunities for middle and high school students.

No. The Bill of Rights Institute does not take partisan positions and neither opposes nor endorses any candidate for public office or any political platform. All Bill of Rights Institute resources are animated by the ideas of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and are not aligned to the dictates of any external entity. All of our materials are prepared in keeping with the strict standards in our Statement of Academic Integrity.

The Bill of Rights Institute’s impact on our nation’s civic knowledge and engagement is made possible by the generosity of donors. There are several ways to support the Institute. You can support us by giving online or making an in-kind donationplanned gift, or gift of appreciated stock. Grant making foundations and corporate sponsors also play an important role in the Bill of Rights Institute’s work and we welcome their support.

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