The Institute for American Constitutional Government

Monday, June 18, 1990 to Friday, June 22, 1990 and Monday, June 25, 1990 to Friday, June 29, 1990

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio

Schedule of Readings

The Institute for American Constitutional Government is a program for twenty-five excellent high school American Government and History teachers from the states formed from the old Northwest Territory and neighboring states interested in delving deeply into the central documents, ideas, and events of the American founding and who desire to apply what they learn directly to the classroom. The Institute is based on the conviction that a proper appreciation of the accomplishments of the United States and its political institutions depends on an informed understanding of the thought of America’s founding statesmen. To this end, the Institute is designed to assist teachers in discovering and studying this thought.

The Institute is a rigorous ten-day program beginning at 8:30 each morning and concluding at 4:30 each afternoon during which the participants will:

  1. examine in detail daily reading assignments consisting of colonial documents, the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist, Madison’s Notes of the Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787, the writings of the Anti-Federalists, and additional documents from the Founding period;
  2. study and discuss in depth the political principles and arguments that shaped the American founding, such as republican institutions, the Convention, Ratification, the Anti-Federalist-Federalist debate, the Bill of Rights, and constitutional development;
  3. attend a 45 minute discussion of the day’s readings, a two hour seminar, and an afternoon group discussion of the morning lecture, all with the distinguished visiting lecturer for that day;
  4. participate in the afternoon workshops for reviewing resources and developing lesson plans;
  5. attend two follow-up meetings during the school year in order to evaluate and discuss their success in implementing the materials of the Institute in their classrooms.,

Participating teachers will be chosen from the nominations made by chairpersons, principals, and superintendents. They will receive a $500 stipend for participating in all phases of the Institute and follow-up. Materials for the Institute will be provided free of charge, as well as room and board for those teachers who prefer not to commute. Participants will have the option of receiving up to four hours of graduate credit through Ashland University’s School of Education. A full schedule, reading list, and description of the Institute will be provided to the participants in advance of the program. Readings materials will be mailed two to three weeks before the Institute begins.

Institute Co-Directors: Peter W. Schramm and Bradford P. Wilson.

Distinguished Guest Lecturers: Kirk Emmert, Christopher Flannery, Morton Frisch, and Glen E. Thurow.

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