Constitution Day

Constitution Day is September 17 
All institutions receiving federal funding, including funding through the U.S. Department of Education, are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year (or in the preceding or following week if the date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday).

No federal funds are appropriated to implement this requirement, but many institutions make use of their own faculty to make appropriate presentations. Read more


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Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

This resource contains the following resources, among many others: 

  • Interactive Constitution It allows one to search the Constitution and find passages on 300 topics, with explanations.
  • Observing Constitution Day  Features a discussion about the Constitutional Convention and the Constitution. Includes issues involved in the creation and ratification of the document.
  • United States Constitution Includes notes Washington wrote on his copy of the Constitution, his diary at the Constitutional Convention, Madison's notes on the debates, Jefferson's letter to Madison expressing his belief that a Bill of Rights was needed, and more.
  • Constitution Toolkit Includes images of newspaper articles (1787); notes Jefferson wrote on drafts of the Constitution; Jefferson 's chart of state votes (1788), and more.

NASFAA Constitution Day Resources

Contains the following, among other items

  • Review of NASFAA's advocacy through both their Reauthorization Task Force and Consumer Information Task Force, recommending the elimination of non-related requirements concerning Constitution Day, Voters Registration, and Athletic Disclosures from compliance within Title IV administration. has
  • Constitutional Alley where students are encouraged to write opinions about Constitutional issues;
  • Constitutional Jeopardy game show-type events.

National Endowment for the Humanities 

Contains the following resources, among many others

  • Educational games and interactive modules where questions are based on the text of the Constitution, primary source documents, landmark Supreme Court cases, and historic people.
  • Visualization of the Framers where one can learn about the most know drafters of the constitutions as well as  a few with whom you may not yet be familiar. 
  • Reading the Constitution with EDSITEment’s worksheet “Understanding the U.S. Constitution” will help students read and interpret the original document by working their way through the text and answering questions about each section.

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