Constitutional Institutes for Teachers


About the Program

This free professional development program is hosted by the American Bar Association for Chicago-area high school teachers of law, history, government, social studies, and civics. The program will provide participants with a broader understanding of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and how to develop inquiry-based lessons that focus on the Fourteenth Amendment for classroom use.


Click here to apply for the program!
The deadline to apply is Friday, September 11.

Program Details

The program will bring together a cohort of 20 teachers for in-person seminars, workshops, and online discussions that occur between October 2017 and March 2018. Participants will have an opportunity to engage with legal scholars, historians, and curriculum specialists as they develop lessons that align with Illinois’s new civics standards.

Specifically, programming includes:

In-person seminars

Two one-day programs will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 and Saturday, February 10, 2018. Both programs will take place 8:00 am-3:00 pm at the American Bar Association headquarters, located at 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

Online discussions

Three online collaborative discussions, approximately 60 minutes each, in November 2017, January 2018, and March 2018. Click here to see a draft agenda for the entire program.

Institute Faculty:

Expectations of Participants


Participants in the Constitutional Institutes for Teachers: The Fourteenth Amendment professional development program will be expected to:

  • Attend and participate in both in-person and online discussions.
  • Complete evaluations during the programs, including self-reflection on attitudes, learning, and practice; perceived student learning related to the Fourteenth Amendment; and participate in focus groups during the in-person programs; and
  • Develop and implement one inquiry-based lesson focused on the Fourteenth Amendment that aligns with the Illinois Social Studies Standards by the end of the program in March 2018.
  • Engage in the program with a spirit of respect, collegiality, and civility.

Participants grant permission to use their image, as it might appear in general photography of program events, for marketing and reporting purposes directly related to the program. 

All participants in Constitutional Institutes for Teachers: The Fourteenth Amendment will receive a $400 stipend. 

Submit your application for participation in Constitutional Institutes for Teachers: The Fourteenth Amendment today!

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 11.