More than three dozen middle-school and high school teachers from across the country gathered in Philadelphia for the 2016 Constitutional Scholars Institute organized by the Rendell Center for Civics & Civic Engagement. The Institute was sponsored jointly by the Rendell Center, the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and the National Constitution Center.
In a week-long series of sessions, teachers heard scholars of politics, law, and history discuss the nature of presidential power, the history of campaigns, the role of the Supreme Court, the inner workings of the Oval Office, and how to understand and interpret presidential polls. The teachers also worked with a curriculum specialist on ways and resources to bring these ideas and lessons back to the classroom this fall.
Among the speakers were Ed Rendell, former Pennsylvania governor and Philadelphia mayor; Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of APPC; Marsha Hale, former White House director of intergovernmental affairs; Larry Kane, journalist and special contributor to KYW Newsradio; Matt Pinsker, professor of history, Dickinson College; Bruce Allen Murphy, professor of civil rights at Lafayette College and author, “Scalia: A Court of One”; Akhil Reed Amar, professor of law and political science, Yale University; Ken Winneg, managing director of survey research, APPC; Ellen Iwamoto, director of research support services, APPC; and Michael Gerhardt, constitutional law professor, University of North Carolina School of Law.
Knowledge@Wharton’s Sirius XM radio show interviews Sally Flaherty, a Pennsylvania curriculum specialist. (July 27, 2016)
Knowledge@Wharton’s Sirius XM radio show interviews Bruce Allen Murphy, professor of civil rights at Lafayette College. (July 21, 2016)