Being An American: Exploring the Ideals That Unite Us

The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, Law Focused Education, Inc., State Bar of Texas, and the Bill of Rights Institute are proud to present Being An American: Exploring the Ideals That Unite Us.

This 12-hour institute is for secondary teachers who would like to explore material which focuses on the significance of America’s founding documents and civic values, as well as the contributions of great Americans who were committed to these principles and exemplified these values. Topics include:

The U.S. Constitution—The objective of this section is to help students understand the significance of the United States Constitution by recognizing its purpose and its structure.

The U.S. Bill of Rights—The objective of this section is for students to understand the importance of the rights of the individual and limits on government, as articulated in the United States Bill of Rights.

America’s Civic Values—The objective of this section is for students to discover and embrace the civic values that underlie our American way of life.

American Heroes: Past and Present—The objective of this section is for students to learn about great Americans, in order for them to serve as role models that inspire students to take seriously the responsibilities of citizenship.

American Citizenship: A Personal Response—The objective of this section is to challenge students to reflect on the meaning of American citizenship and to articulate their personal response to this challenge—both in their current lives as students and in their future lives as adults.

The Law-Related Education scholars and consultants will guide educators through the five lessons in the curriculum. Educators will receive a PDF copy of the Being An American: Exploring the Ideals That Unite Us curriculum created by the Bill of Rights Institute, lunch each day, and other Law-Related Education materials which support the curriculum.

Each site is limited to 30 participants.

Event Location Date
Being An American: Exploring the Ideals That Unite Us: June 1-2, 201-Amarillo-ESC 16 Amarillo - ESC 16 June 1, 2017 9:00 am - June 2, 2017 3:00 pm Register
Being An American: Exploring the Ideals That Unite Us: July 17-18, 2017-Midland ESC18 Midland-ESC 18 July 17, 2017 9:00 am - July 18, 2017 3:00 pm Register
Being An American: Exploring the Ideals That Unite Us: August 2-3, 2017-Richardson-ESC 10 Richardson-ESC 10 August 2, 2017 9:00 am - August 3, 2017 3:00 pm Register