Each Montpelier Seminar for Educators provides participants with the intellectual foundation and pedagogical preparation to be effective teachers of civics and government. Participants include middle and high school teachers who work with nationally-recognized scholars in a combination of lectures, breakout sessions, and classroom simulations to learn about the historical events and philosophical contexts preceding and affecting the writing of the U.S. Constitution and its relation to essential democratic principles. 

Seminar topics vary. Registration for Seminars begins about 3 months prior to the event. The following events are being planned for 2023:

  • March 31 - April 2, 2023 "The First Amendment Goes to School"
  • June 22 - 24, 2023 "The Mind of Madison"
  • August 9 - 11, 2023 "The Bill of Rights"

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What's Included?
  • Accommodations and Meals: Participations will be housed on the grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier. All meals are provided. 
  • Textbooks and Resources: Each participant will receive a selection of primary and secondary source readings based on the Seminar's topic. Participants will access these readings via Google Drive ahead of time.
  • The Center for the Constitution provides documentation of Professional Development contact hours for all Seminars.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?
Montpelier Seminars are open to any full-time teachers at accredited public, charter, private, or parochial schools.

How much does a seminar cost?
Thanks to the generosity of private donors, scholarships cover the cost of accommodations, meals, reading materials, teaching resources, and documentation for recertification credits. Applicants will be charged an $85 nonrefundable registration fee upon officially accepting their place in a Seminar for Educators.