Spring 2013 Constitutional Workshops

November 1st, 2012 by

Join us this Spring for a Constitutional Workshop We have posted details about our 8 spring constitutional workshops – stop by today and register for one of our limited spots in Miami, FL;  Memphis, TN; Atlanta, GA; Salt Lake City, UT; Mesa, AZ; Los Angeles, CA; Houston, TX; or Boston, MA. We hope you can Read more…

Countdown to the Constitution – Virginia Plan Debated

June 1st, 2012 by

Philadelphia – The end of May saw the Convention responding to the Virginia delegation’s bold plan. The Virginians had proposed replacing the Articles of Confederation – a task far beyond what many Convention delegates thought they were authorized to do – with a powerful national government. When proponents of this plan failed to win agreement Read more…

Supreme Court Round Up!

May 9th, 2012 by

As the Court winds down its 2011-2012 term, several key cases are still pending. Use the following resources and discussion questions to help your students analyze the issues and discuss how they believe the Court should rule under the Constitution. To download a PDF Student handout you can use in your classroom, visit our site! Read more…

Teachers Make a Difference

May 9th, 2012 by

We at the Bill of Rights Institute appreciate the work you do everyday to educate the next generation about our Founding principles and our history. We value the sacrifice you make and know your dedication to your students is making a life-long impact! As a staff, we took a few moments to reflect on the Read more…

We LOVE our Teachers!

May 7th, 2012 by

As staff members at the Bill of Rights Institute, we LOVE working with teachers just like you! We appreciate the sacrifice you make all year long and know your dedication to your students is making a life-long impact! As a reminder to ourselves, the staff took some time to think about the influential teachers in Read more…

Professional Development in Your Backyard!

May 3rd, 2012 by

We have posted details about our 17 fall professional development programs – stop by today and register for one of our limited spots in Pittsburgh, PA; Midland, TX; Fort Worth, TX; Baton Rouge, LA; Atlanta, GA; and many more! We hope you can join us for a one-day Constitutional Workshops where we dig into the Read more…

2011-2012 Being An American Essay Contest Winners Announced

February 29th, 2012 by

The Bill of Rights Institute is pleased to announce the winners of our annual Being An American Essay Contest.  This year we received over 6,300 submissions!  The list of winners and honorable mentions by region is listed below. Please see our website for more information on the Essay Contest. Congratulations to the winners and thank Read more…

Martin Luther King, Jr., An American Character

February 17th, 2012 by

For Black History Month, A More Perfect Blog will feature profiles of influential and heroic African-American leaders from our curriculum, Being An American: Exploring the Ideals That Unite Us.  Use the profiles to start a class discussion on what makes a hero and how each of the people we describe is heroic. Martin Luther King, Read more…

January 31, 1865 House Passes 13th Amendment

February 8th, 2012 by

On January 31, 1865, the United States House of Representatives passed what would become the Thirteenth Amendment.  The Senate passed the bill in April 1864.  While President Abraham Lincoln had announced in the Emancipation Proclamation that slavery would be abolished in the areas in rebellion against the Union during the Civil War, the Thirteenth Amendment Read more…

New Video – Rule of Law

December 15th, 2011 by

Do you understand why the rule of law is important for maintaining free society? We created a short, engaging video for Bill of Rights Day on the constitutional principle of the rule of law. Exciting visuals from current events, an engaging historical narrative, brief scholar interviews, and memorable quotes will make this 8-minute video perfect Read more…