Have your classes participate in Constitution Day activities
The Iowa Department of Education has partnered with the Iowa Judicial Branch and the Iowa Bar Association this year to help schools actively take part in celebrating U.S. Constitution Day, which is Sept. 17.
In the spirit of the day, celebrations and observations have been scheduled:
- Sept. 16-17: The Iowa Supreme Court will hear three oral arguments over the course of the two days involving constitutional issues. Social studies classes are invited to bring students to hear the live oral arguments. If you are interested in bringing a class, email email@example.com. In addition, the event will be live-streamed so local schools can watch the process in real-time. You can access the live streaming at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL6EU7W8kqDKnKPUzMdxr_g.
- Sept. 17: Know Your Constitution Contest Theme Released. Find more information at http://www.iowabar.org/?page=KnowConstitution.
Congress enacted legislation requiring all public schools to set aside one day during the week of Sept. 17 to teach all students about the U.S. Constitution and about citizenship. This year is the 228th anniversary of our national Constitution. While compliance is mandatory, the implementation details are left to local districts.
More information, including additional Constitution Day resources, is available at https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/content-areas/social-studies#Constitution_Day. If your district is planning something special to celebrate Constitution Day or you have any questions, contact Stefanie Wager, social studies consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 515-725-7842. If you have legal questions about the matter, contact email@example.com.