With the support of the founder and CEO of Citadel Ken Griffin“The Constitution EXPLAINED” offers middle and high school teachers a new, free tool to educate students about the U.S. Constitution with modern context and relevance.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., September 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Leading Civic Education Providers iCivic and the Civic Education Center today announced the release of a new series of short videos to educate middle and high school students about the U.S. Constitution using media that teachers find incredibly effective and engaging in the post-pandemic classroom.
Founded by Founder and CEO of Citadelle Ken Griffin“The Constitution EXPLAINED” will be available for free in the run-up to Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, when public schools commemorate the September 17 signing of the United States Constitution and reflect on the rights and responsibilities enshrined in that founding document.
The video series was created in collaboration with a renowned constitutional scholar Linda R.Monkauthor of The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution, and produced by Makematic. The 35 short videos delve deeper into the US Constitution by exploring each article and amendment in simple, easy-to-digest 2-4 minute segments that provide both context and modern relevance.
The information-rich animated videos offer a new approach to teaching the US Constitution with maximum flexibility for multiple audiences, differentiating them from existing explanatory videos and long-form publications. The videos are aimed at middle and high school students and can also be used by the general public as an engaging reminder on one of the nation’s foundational documents.
A preview of the videos is available on the iCivics website at https://l.icivics.org/constitution-explained-video-series/ and the Center for Civic Education website at https://civiced.org/constitution-explained.
“iCivics and the Center for Civic Education created these videos to meet teachers where they are right now,” said Julie Silverbrook, Senior Director of Partnerships and Constitutional Scholar in Residence at iCivics. “Studies show that short videos are an incredibly effective tool, as they hold students’ attention from start to finish and can be a compelling gateway to teaching even complicated topics. We know it will be an invaluable tool for educators across the country, as well as adults and families looking for a fun and engaging way to learn more about the text and history of the Constitution and Declaration. rights of the United States. »
“I’m incredibly excited about the launch of ‘The Constitution Explained,'” said Christopher R. Riano, President of the Center for Civic Education. “This collaborative effort shows what is possible when organizations work together and has produced a rich collection of resources that can be used by students of all ages. We have made a special effort to tell the story of American constitutional democracy in an intellectual and visually appealing manner and we are very proud of the result.”
The video series is already generating anticipation among teachers, who are looking for new tools to educate students about the US Constitution.
“I’m really excited about this collaboration between iCivics and the Center for Civic Education,” said Katie Bolandan AP government and We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution teacher in Trumbull, Connecticut. “These quick videos will allow teachers to bring experts in the field into our classroom and allow us to explore different topics related to the Constitution in a non-partisan way. It will be an invaluable resource for all civic teachers and also citizens to watch and learn about our government.” Katie is also a member of the iCivics Educator Network.
The series will officially launch at a virtual event with Monk, Riano and Silverbrook on September 12, 2022at 7 p.m. ET. Participants will learn how they can implement the series in their upper elementary, middle and high school classrooms around Constitution Day and Citizenship Day and throughout the year. A question-and-answer session will follow.
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iCivic was founded in 2009 by a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sandra Day O’Connor transform civic education and rebuild civic strength through digital games and lesson plans. iCivics is the nation’s largest civics content provider and is currently used by up to 145,000 educators and 9 million students each year. All of its games are free, non-partisan and available online at icivics.org.
About the Civic Education Center
The Civic Education Center has long been recognized as a leader in providing civics education to K-12 students and adults, with its research-based programs reaching more than 42 million students and 440,000 educators worldwide. United States and in more than 80 countries since 1965.
SOURCE Center for Civic Education; iCivic