Constitution Day

 Constitution Day

2020 Constitution Day Events

Virtual Student Town Hall with Justice Neil M. Gorsuch 

Thursday, September 17 at 9a

Sponsored: National Constitution Center

Register:  https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/online-civic-learning-opportunities/upcoming-scholar-exchanges

Join the National Constitution Center’s in a special Student Town Hall with U.S. Supreme Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch. Justice Gorsuch will speak about his career, the role of the judicial branch, and what it’s like to sit on the Supreme Court. National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen will moderate the discussion. 

 

Black Lives Matter & the U.S. Constitution

Thursday, September 17 at 11a

Sponsored: California LAW in partnership with Foothill College

Register: https://spark.adobe.com/page/yxUrs7evR8MYH/

On Constitution Day this year, California LAW in partnership with Foothill College invites you to engage in dialogue around "Black Lives Matter & the U.S. Constitution". This two-hour virtual event will feature keynote speakers followed by breakout group discussions.

 

Constitution 101: The Constitutional Convention

Monday, September 14 and Tuesday, September 15 at 11a

Friday, September 18 at 10a

Sponsored: National Constitution Center

Register: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/online-civic-learning-opportunities/upcoming-scholar-exchanges

Examine the issues and events that led to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787, including the weakness of the Articles of Confederation, Shay’s Rebellion, and the growing need for a new national government. Also explore the Convention, and its major turning points and compromises—including the Connecticut Compromise, the Electoral College, the Three-Fifths Compromise, and the Slave Trade Clause. 

 

California University and College Ballot Bowl

Register to Vote! Last day to register is Monday, October 19, 2020

Register: https://registertovote.ca.gov/?t=s (be sure to select Saddleback College)

Saddleback College is joining other California Community Colleges across the state to see who can register the most students. Use the special link provided and ensure you select Saddleaback College so your registration counts towards our total.

The Ballot Bowl was developed by the California Students Vote Project (CSVP), a project of the California Secretary of State in partnership with then California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and a coalition of nonprofit organizations in 2016. The CSVP aims to increase civic engagement and voter participation among California university and college students. To learn more, visit https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-bowl/.

 

Background

Senator Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat and the United States Congress' unofficial constitutional scholar, believed that the American primary, secondary, and post-secondary students lack significant knowledge regarding the United States Constitution. In December 2004, Senator Byrd offered an amendment that was passed by both the United States House of Representatives and the Unites States Senate in an attempt to increase students' knowledge about the constitution.

The legislation requires that all educational institutions that receive federal funds implement educational programs relating to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. September 17th was selected as the date for the celebration due to the fact that on September 17, 1787 the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the United States Constitution and present it to the American Public. Click here to visit the Constitution Center.

 Education Resources

Here are some great on-line resources to help you learn more about the Constitution.

GAMES, videos and songs