Constitution Day 2021 Blog Series

September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. As the Constitution is our nation’s premier founding document, the Albert Shanker Institute has created a blog series this year to recognize Constitution Day through the question, “Why is it important to teach the Constitution?” 

It is common, nationally and locally, to see civics and democracy education debated in broad strokes. Our blog series this week is meant to feature examples from classroom teachers and leaders in the field, examining the depth and thoughtfulness that goes into creating lessons for our students who study the Constitution, our nation, and our collective history. The care with which these educators construct their lessons—navigating the complexity of history alongside contemporary experiences, while creating safe and welcoming classrooms—demonstrate the student-centered teaching that is happening all across the country.

Understanding The Complexities Of History

Steve Lazar | September 13, 2021

Teaching Students The Textualist Interpretation Of Law

David Said | September 14, 2021

Why Teach The Constitution?

Zeph Capo | September 15, 2021

Federal Policy And Tribal Sovereignty

Jordann Lankford-Forster | September 16, 2021

Teaching the Constitution As A Living Compact

Randi Weingarten | September 29, 2021