ERIC Number: ED312192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Blessings of Liberty. Constitutional Teachers' Institute (1st, Los Angeles, California, August 2-15, 1987). Final Report.
The two-week teacher-training institute that this report documents resulted from two interests: the curriculum reform movement in California public schools and the celebration of the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution. The goal of the institute was to train 45 selected elementary and high school teachers in the central documents of the founding of the United States and in the teaching of the U.S. Constitution. The institute aimed to help teachers become familiar with the arguments for constitutional democracy as they were understood by the Founding Fathers. They attended a daily seminar that focused on the study and analysis of the documents in which the history of the deliberations leading to the formation and adoption of the U.S. Constitution were recorded. The teachers met in small working groups to review teaching materials and to develop lesson plans dealing with various constitutional themes. Another activity of the institute was a presentation on the newly adopted History-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools by a panel composed of people instrumental in its development. A summary of this presentation is given. Also included are some comments and recommendations made by institute participants. Two appendices contain the names and addresses of the participants and an annotated list of 85 resources (books, periodicals, and associations and foundations). (JB)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction, Institutes (Training Programs), Instructional Development, Instructional Innovation, Professional Continuing Education, Teacher Developed Materials, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution