(Megan Thompson, Kristin Elmquist)
Osseo and Park Center Senior High School social studies teachers Megan Thompson and Kristin Elmquist were selected to serve in the first cohort of over 120 educators to represent Minnesota on the National Constitution Center’s Teacher Advisory Council to promote literacy.
Thompson and Elmquist see the need for civic education, which led them to consider the Teacher Advisory Council. With a goal to provide greater understanding and awareness of the Constitution, selected educators represent 34 states and meet monthly to provide feedback and plan lessons to be used in class.
“It’s a great opportunity to collaborate with fellow social studies teachers across the country who are as passionate about the Constitution as we are,” said Thompson.
Additionally, the National Constitution Center has a federally funded museum and online classroom resources for educators across the country. These resources are made available to bring people of all ages and perspectives to learn about, debate, and celebrate human freedom in history.
Dr. Kerry Sautner, chief learning officer at the National Constitution strives to make the Center the nation’s leading constitutional education resource. The Teacher Advisory Council supports the teaching of civic topics in U.S. history and current events, and by 2023, the National Constitution Center plans to expand the council by 1,000 educators.
“We are grateful to engage with a diverse range of educators who will be able to assist the National Constitution Center in providing free, balanced, educational resources to students in underserved communities and across the nation,” said Dr. Kerry Sautner, chief learning officer at the National Constitution Center.