Apply

To apply for the CLI Summer Seminar, click "Apply Now" below. Applications are due Sunday, February 28th.

Please be sure to include a letter of recommendation before submitting the form. 

APPLICATION CLOSED

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE

The purpose of the Constitutional Literacy Institute is to provide education, resources, and experiences for teachers to increase their personal constitutional literacy and thereby help their students to do the same, ultimately equipping the rising generation of citizens and leaders with a broad understanding of political thought and practices critical to the perpetuation of constitutional government, ordered liberty, and the rule of law.

 

Led by esteemed constitutional scholars from the Center for Constitutional Studies, the University of Oxford, and elsewhere, participants will examine the U.S. Constitution through the lenses of history, law, economics, and public policy. Teacher attendees will increase their understanding of foundational principles and dispositions of the American Founding and its roots in classical republicanism, the British enlightenment and common law, and the protestant Christian tradition.

what can you expect from the institute?

  • STRENGTHEN CONSTITUTIONAL KNOWLEDGE

    Scholars of constitutional history, law, and ideas deliver daily presentations on their areas of expertise. Teacher attendees will also prepare for the program by reviewing a wide array of reading materials.

  • WORK WITH OXFORD UNIVERSITY ON THE QUILL PROJECT

    Participants will receive in-depth training on the Quill Project, a groundbreaking digital humanities software platform, invented at Oxford and developed in partnership with UVU. The Quill Project Enables users to delve into the language and proceedings of parliamentary negotiations, such as the 1787 U.S. Constitutional Convention, the 1895 Utah Constitutional Convention, and the Bill of Rights congressional debates.

  • IDENTIFY & SHARE BEST PRACTICES

    Faculty from UVU’s School of Education and veteran teachers from regional school districts will collaborate with teacher attendees to develop lesson plans and other classroom applications of the constitutional expert presentations and the Quill Project training.

  • ESTABLISH RELATIONSHIPS & COLLABORATE WITH OTHER PROFESSIONALS

    Work together as a cohort and in break-out groups to develop relationships with teachers from around the state. The cohort will continue to share ideas and resources even after the conference.

  • ENGAGE WITH CONSTITUTIONAL AND PEDAGOGICAL EXPERTS

    Program faculty and guest speakers use their experience and scholarship to provoke thought and discussion. Teacher attendees have many opportunities throughout the week to explore ideas with these presenters.

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COVID-19 NOTICE

We are all feeling the impact of COVID-19 in every aspect our lives. The Constitutional Literacy Institute (CLI) is no exception. Please review the following updates.

1) The mass cancellations of schools came just before the application deadline, so we are extending the deadline to April 16. The application portal will close at 12:00 a.m. on April 17.

2) We will not be holding the mandatory April 16 introductory seminar. An online alternative will be arranged.

3) We are currently unsure whether we will be able to gather as planned for the July 13-17 CLI. If the University determines that we cannot hold the CLI this July, we will reschedule it for July 11-15, 2021. All who are accepted into the 2020 cohort will automatically be accepted into the 2021 cohort if the CLI is rescheduled. UVU does not expect to make a decision about July events until after May 1.

4) To end on a high note, we are thrilled to announce that thanks to a generous donor, the stipend for CLSI participants will be increased from $500 to $1,000.

 

This week-long seminar for teachers on July 13-17, 2020 will be facilitated by the Center for Constitutional Studies at UVU in partnership with Pembroke College at the University of Oxford and the UVU School of Education. There will also be a mandatory introductory seminar on the evening of April 16, 2020 (dinner will be provided) for succesful applicants to receive preparatory materials and further information regarding the program. 

Led by esteemed constitutional scholars from the Center for Constitutional Studies, the University of Oxford, and elsewhere, participants will examine the U.S. Constitution through the lenses of history, law, economics, and public policy. Teacher attendees will increase their understanding of foundational principles and dispositions of the American Founding and its roots in classical republicanism, the British enlightenment and common law, and the protestant Christian tradition. 

Seminar participants will also receive in-depth training on the Quill Project, a groundbreaking digital humanities software platform, invented at Oxford and developed in partnership with UVU, that enables users to delve into the language and proceedings of parliamentary negotiations, such as the 1787 U.S. Constitutional Convention, the 1895 Utah Constitutional Convention, and the Bill of Rights congressional debates. Throughout the week, faculty from UVU’s School of Education and veteran teachers from regional school districts will collaborate with teacher attendees to develop lesson plans and other classroom applications of the constitutional substance and Quill technology.

All materials and food during the seminar will be provided by the Center for Constitutional Studies and its partners. Also provided will be either a travel stipend for attendees living nearby or overnight lodging for those living outside UVU’s service region. In addition, teacher participants will receive a $1,000 stipend a for their involvement with the seminar. Lastly, one or two teachers who exhibit both exceptional interest in the subject matter and strong aptitude for the Quill Project will be sponsored to attend an intensive Quill Project/Center for Constitutional Studies experience at Pembroke College in Oxford during the Summer of 2021.

WHY ATTEND?

Studies and lived experience show an increasing need to develop better civic engagement and constitutional literacy in today's society.  This institute will help teachers gain the expertise necessary to share with their students the knowledge and skills, and dispositions of constitutional literacy.  This will be accomplished by:

  • Developing pedagogical strategies
  • Enhancing content knowledge
  • Building collaborative relationships with teacher peers
  • Engaging with legal experts and constitutional scholars
  • Work with the Oxford Quill Project to develop a teacher and student friendly interface
  • Build personal library with required readings
  • Earning Professional Learning Credits
  • Potential opportunity to visit Oxford
  • Receive a $500 participation stipend

WHO ATTENDS?

The teachers who participate in the Constitutional Literacy Institute learn from various scholarly and professional experts from around the world.  They will collaborate with other educators from around the State who are:

 

  • Social Studies Teachers at the following levels:
    • High School
    • Junior High School
    • Middle School
  • District Social Studies Specialist
  • Administrators

TRAVEL & LODGING: All materials and food during the seminar will be provided by the Center for Constitutional Studies and its partners. Also provided will be either a travel stipend for attendees living nearby or overnight lodging for those living outside UVU’s service region. In addition, teacher participants will receive a $500 stipend for their involvement with the seminar. Lastly, one or two teachers who exhibit both exceptional interest in the subject matter and strong aptitude for the Quill Project will be sponsored to attend an intensive Quill Project/Center for Constitutional Studies experience at Pembroke College in Oxford during the Summer of 2022.

COVID-19 CONTINGENCIES: We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to hold the 2021 Constitutional Literacy Institute in person on campus, and we are planning accordingly. If the program needs to move to an online format, accepted applicants will be notified of the shift and given the choice of remaining enrolled for the 2021 cohort or deferring their acceptance to 2022.

 

Apply

To apply for the CLI Summer Seminar, click "Apply Now" below. Applications are due Sunday, February 28th.

Please be sure to include a letter of recommendation before submitting the form. 

APPLICATION CLOSED

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:30

Continental Breakfast

CB 510-511

Continental Breakfast

CB 510-511

Continental Breakfast

CB 510-511

Continental Breakfast

CB 510-511

Continental Breakfast

CB 510-511

9:15

 

 

The Constitutional Convention of 1787

 

Declaration of Indedendence  & the

Bill of Rights

 

 

Federalism

 

 

 

Slavery, the Convention, and Reconstruction

 

 

 

Theories of Constitutional Interpretation

 

9:30

9:45

10:00

10:15

Break w/ Food

Break w/ Food

Break w/ Food

Break w/ Food

Break w/ Food

10:30

 

Separation of Powers

 

 

Bill of Rights in the

21st Century

 

 

Nature of the

Federal Union Today

 

 

Civil Rights

 

 

Civility

 

10:45

11:00

11:15

11:30

Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

11:45

Quill Project Training

Quill Project Training

Quill Project Training

Quill Project Training

Quill Project Training

12:00

12:15

 

Lunch

 

Lunch

 

Lunch

 

Lunch

 

Lunch

12:30

12:45

1:00

Quill in the Classroom:

The 1787 Convention

Quill Project Classroom Application Development

Quill in the Classroom:

State Constitutional Conventions

Classroom Workshop: Constructive Dialogues on Race, Equity, and Justice

Quill Project Classroom Application Development

1:15

1:30

1:45

Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

2:00

Pedagogical Training:

The Great Compromise

Pedagogical Training:

Winthrop's City on a Hill

Pedagogical Training:

Federalism Case Study

Pedagogical Training:

Civil Right Act of 1964

Pedagogical Training: Civility in the Classroom

2:15

2:30

2:45

Break w/ Food

Break w/ Food

Break w/ Food

Break w/ Food

Break w/ Food

3:00

 

Classroom Adaptation Workshop

 

Classroom Adaptation Workshop

Classroom Adaptation Workshop

 

Classroom Adaptation Workshop

 

Concluding Session

3:15

3:30

3:45

Daily Wrap-up

Daily Wrap-up

Daily Wrap-up

Daily Wrap-up

Daily Wrap-up

 

 

 

 

Dinner and Social Activity

Alumni Day