In 1996, I was a fifth grade teacher. I was invited to attend a rigorous summer institute for educators on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
This weeklong workshop used materials created by the Center for Civic Education and was funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. It sounded interesting to me, but a bit daunting and maybe a little stuffy. Thinking to myself, “I can leave if I don’t like it; they can’t make me stay,” I packed my bags and left for Bloomington to participate in my first We the People Summer Institute.
It was daunting. It was not stuffy. I did not leave. In fact, I can say that week in Bloomington changed me as a teacher, changed