Each year, educational institutions which receive federal funding must provide programming on the US Constitution around September 16th, Constitution Day. This provides Move to Amend an opportunity to get into schools and make connections with educators, administrators, and students. We encourage Move to Amend supporters and affiliates to reach out to their contacts in schools as well as make new contacts with local schools and offer to provide materials or present material to students yourself!
If you have any questions, contact Milly Harmon at milly.h [at] movetoamend.org or by phone at 707.362.7240.
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- Suggested timeline for communicating with the school
- Sample Letter to present to educators/administrators
- Timeline exercise to present to students (with an adjusted version for high school students)
- Instructions/tips for presenting
- Discussion and debrief questions for students
- Follow up suggestions and materials for ongoing learning
In order to give teachers enough time to plan to do this programming, we suggest the following timeline for contacting schools.
In mid - July, you’ll want to reach out to school administrators, principals, curriculum developers, and department heads. You may need to do some research and asking around to determine who is the best person (or people) talk to. For colleges, department heads may best the best place to start. Consider the history and political science departments.
This is the best time to reach out to teachers, about two weeks before school starts. The conversations you have in July should help inform these conversations.
You’ll either provide the timeline exercise and accompanying materials to teachers, or offer to come in as a guest presenter. A week or so after the presentation, follow up with the teacher…
This letter can be used to introduce yourself to educators and explain what you hope to do. To add your affiliate contact information, make a copy (upper right hand corner “file” -> “make a copy”) and add the information where you’re prompted and customize the letter in your personal copy of this document.
The Rights and Privileges Timeline is a great exercise for students because it involves the class in examining injustice and corporate power, includes movement and requires participation. This adaptation has been adjusted from the original presentation to suit a shorter amount of time so the presenter can get through the whole exercise in one class period with discussion and debrief.
You can watch the video of the full length, original exercise at the bottom of this page. The printable cards you will need for this exercise are at the bottom of this webpage as well.
Here are some questions that might help debrief the information covered in the timeline. Keep in mind that the timeline exercise can be emotional for many people and often presents new (and potentially disturbing) information. Students may want to share feelings or talk through what they just learned.
Follow Up/ Call to Action:
Here is a list of follow up action items that students may be interested in. To add your affiliate contact information, make a copy (upper right hand corner “file” -> “make a copy”) and add the information where you’re prompted, and any other affiliate specific action items (invitations to upcoming events, etc).
As you’re building relationships with educators, keep in mind that we will be forming a Move to Amend Educators Caucus. If you know or get to know teachers who are interested in being involved with Move to Amend, contact Ruthi Engelke at ruthi [at] movetoamend.org.