American Democracy Educator’s Forum for High School Teachers at UW-Madison

Individual Rights and the Constitution

The ADEF is a program of the American Democracy Forum in partnership with the UW-Madison School of Education. It offers 7th-12th grade teachers the opportunity to gather in person and online to discuss primary text readings, hear from scholarly experts, and plan new curriculum on key themes in American political thought, American government, and American history.

ADEF is offered at no cost to teachers, including the cost of tuition for two graduate credits, reimbursement for substitute teacher coverage, lodging, transportation, and meals.
Participants in the American Democracy Educators’ Forum will:

  • discuss principles and practice of American democracy with leading scholars and faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and beyond
  • participate in four face-to-face meetings (August 8-9, 2016, one day each in December and April, TBD) and various online content throughout the school year
  • become part of a professional learning community that will inform and enhance current educational practices
  • earn two graduate credits from UW-Madison

In 2016-2017, we will explore the Bill of Rights as a way to think about the place of individual liberties in the American political experience as well as draw upon the National Constitution Center’s new Interactive Constitution (

Located outside of Madison and would like to participate? Stipends are available to cover the cost of lodging and transportation. Chicago area teachers are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are due by May 1.

Click here to download the flyer.