On February 1, 2017, I was surprised and incredibly honored to receive an email from Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie, founders of Constituting America.
It was an announcement informing me that I had won their “Best Teacher Lesson Plan” contest for 2016. (Scroll down on this page for full details: http://constitutingamerica.org/winners2016.php)
“Our Nation’s Foundations”, the lessons I developed to use at Sue Crouch to supplement Civics studies, will be offered and promoted to other educators throughout the nation.
I am so proud to be associated with the important work that Constituting America is doing to inspire and teach the next generation to take ownership of their Republic, so that they learn to keep the system of government designed to protect their unalienable rights. Students of all ages are encouraged to study the Constitution and then create a media vehicle to share that learning with others, from songs and videos to essays and artwork.
Janine Turner (actress, political activist) and her daughter, Juliette (author of Our Constitution Rocks! and Our Presidents Rock!), in Colleyville, Texas, make personal visits to schools and other youth groups, encouraging the commitment to become engaged and effective citizens.
Every student in my school visits the Library every other week with his or her class. On the years that I present Our Nation’s Foundations, they receive lessons that help them visualize how our country’s founders and framers of the Constitution built our nation on the firm foundations of Natural Law, Rule of Just Laws, Pillars of Principles, and the Separate but Balanced Three Branches of Government. As the lesson grows, so does our “meme”- a graphic describing our Republic as a large federal building taking up much of the space on a free wall in the Library.
By the end of the school year, the wall looks like this:
Here is a video presentation of the same material: