Teacher Outreach

Civic education—teaching students effective citizenship skills—is more important than ever, which is why the Center offers resources, awards, and professional development opportunities for teachers. 

Teaching Resources
 
The Center offers a wealth of resources to engage students and help teachers replicate exemplary civics teaching practices, including:
 
Video clips of classroom activities
A comprehensive teacher’s guide
Extensive lesson plans aligned with state standards for social studies learning
 
 
American Civic Education Teacher Awards
 
These annual awards recognize three elementary and secondary school teachers who show exceptional expertise and creativity in motivating students to learn about Congress, the Constitution, and public policy. 
 
The ACETA winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in an educational program that includes observing floor sessions and committee hearings in Congress, meeting members of Congress and other key officials, and visiting sites such as the National Archives and the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
To apply:
 
You must be a full-time classroom teacher in grades K–12.
Submit a two-page self-portrait essay and three letters of recommendation—two from teaching peers and one from your school principal.
Look for the free application online beginning in January.
 
The ACETA program is co-sponsored by the Center on Congress, the Center for Civic Education, and the National Education Association.
 
Professional Development Seminars
 
Top civics teachers from across the nation come to Washington, D.C., for intensive training in using the curricular materials produced by the Alliance for Representative Democracy, an educational initiative of the Center on Congress, the Center for Civic Education, and the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
In 2010, 25 teachers from 14 states attended a three-week institute called “Social Movements in Modern America: Labor, Civil Rights, and Feminism” at Indiana University Bloomington. The institute was funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant and was co-sponsored by the IU Center for the Study of History and Memory and the Center on Congress.