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Constituting America: We the Future Contest Winner

Constituting America:  We the Future Contest Winner

Constituting America’s mission is to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, internet, and social media to reach, educate and inform America's adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights.  Constituting America is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) (3) organization”

Janine Turner is founder and co-char of Constituting America.  “Janine is best known for her role as Maggie O'Connell' in the Emmy Award-winning CBS series, Northern Exposure, for which she earned three Golden Globe nominations and an Emmy nomination.  Janine is an avid reader and writer, with a passion for history and politics.”  Cathy Gillespie is the other co-chair, she “is active in a number of political and charitable organizations, serving on the Board of Visitors of Virginia State University, and the board of Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services.”

The We the Future Contest by Constituting America was open to students of all ages and teachers.  The contest for teachers was to design a lesson plan to promote learning about the United States Constitution.  The objective of my lesson plan is for students to engage in a study of the Constitution to learn about the nature and structure of the United States.  This lesson provides students an opportunity to explore how the government works and what the Constitution means to them today.  The lesson culminates with students creating a song to demonstrate understanding of the Constitution and nature of the U.S. government.

Teaching is a great calling and there is a bounty of excellent teachers out there.  I am very honored and humbled my lesson plan won.  Also, I am grateful to my family, former teachers, and students that I learn from each day.  Thank you and congratulations to all those wonderful students that won in the other categories.

The students in my own classes are fascinating people and I am confident in their abilities to learn, grow, and make valuable contributions to our society.  That is why I collaborate with other teachers to do cross-curricular activities, share stories about my travels, my entrepreneurship, and take interest in what students have to say about history and its lessons.  

Fundamentally, I promote student ownership for learning.  Treasuring our Constitution, practicing what we preach, and knowing our place in history is our guiding light.  Students in my classes do brilliant things, have excellent curiosities, and learn so much.  We go on fun adventures, perform engaging puppet shows, do hard work, visit museums, and celebrate remarkable accomplishments throughout history at our World’s Faire.  Certainly, my hope is students come away knowing life loves a student. 

Please visit Constituting America to see my lesson plan, the student winners, to discover more about the U.S. history, and to access educational resources.  Or download my lesson plan here.

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