As you might know, the Center for Civic Education has again received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to host a three-week Institute at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The Institute is entitled Political and Constitutional Theory for Citizens: The National Academy for Civics and Government. It will take place July 6-27, 2013, and expenses for per diem and books are covered by the grant. I encourage you to consider applying and to alert other colleagues to this great opportunity.
The Institute has been an extraordinary success in years past, and we’re looking forward to another great experience in 2013. Previous participants have discovered that Will Harris, the academic director for the National Academy for the past fifteen years, is a scholar and leader who knows how to conduct an intellectually rigorous immersion into political and constitutional theory and make it enjoyable. We’re confident that next summer’s participants will experience the same sense of “intellectual stretching” and camaraderie. That the group might include a mix of up to five international civic educators as well as American elementary and secondary teachers should make it all the more professionally rewarding.
You can access information on the Institute on the Center’s website at http://new.civiced.org/national-academy-for-civics-and-government. There you will find information on eligibility; downloads for the Application for 2013, which also includes a brochure with general information on the program; the Course Outline; and the Agenda. The deadline to submit the application is March 4.
Once you’ve had a chance to examine the information, my colleague, Erin Smith, and I will be glad to answer any questions that you might have. So feel free to email any questions that you have to either Erin or me.
We look forward to seeing your Institute application in a few weeks. In the meantime, we wish you all the best in your important work as an educator.