Initiatives

The Lauder Project at the National Constitution Center

 

The Lauder Project inspires students to explore fundamental questions about the U.S. Constitution. Using the National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution – with supporting materials, videos, and lesson plans – the Lauder Project creates opportunities for students to engage in informed, civil dialogue about current constitutional issues relevant to 21st-century learners. Students build deep understanding of constitutional content as well as skills to engage in civil dialogue. The highlight of the initiative is a series of online, synchronous Classroom Exchanges in which students from around the country lead and participate in Constitutional Conversations, sharing and expanding their understandings the U.S. Constitution with peers within and beyond their classrooms. Experienced legal professional serve as moderators for the Exchanges.

The initial public announcement and launch of the Lauder Project’s classroom resources was on Constitution Day 2017. One year later, on Constitution Day 2018, the Project expanded with the piloting of the online, synchronous Classroom Exchanges. In the pilot program, 26 classrooms, totaling approximately 650 high school students, registered for 13 Classroom Exchanges. Classrooms from 19 states registered for the first Classroom Exchange, making the Constitutional Conversation a truly national discussion.  States represented included: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.