Center for the Constitution

Montpelier Seminars

The Montpelier Seminars are fully funded for social studies educators thanks to the generosity of private donors.  Offered throughout the year, programs begin on Friday evening, and adjourn on Sunday afternoon, maximizing the experience while minimizing time away from the classroom. Six courses are offered each year, each with a distinctive perspective on American constitutionalism. The Center has a limited number of scholarships available for teachers in Virginia, Maryland, D.C., North Carolina, Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and California. Teachers from other states are encouraged to apply to these programs and may be admitted if space is available.


Virginia and Washington, DC We the People

The Center for the Constitution is the Virginia and Washington, DC sponsor of the We the People program. We the People is a comprehensive civic education program that provides professional development and classroom resources for upper elementary, middle, and high school educators and students. The Center for the Constitution offers in-service seminars ranging from one hour introductions to full-day workshops, as well as week-long summer institutes on the curriculum. The We the People curriculum provides advanced educational opportunities for students including the simulated congressional hearing, which tests students knowledge of the Constitution.  Each year, the Center for the Constitution hosts regional and state Virginia We the People competitions and citywide Washington, DC We the People competitions.