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The Citizen and the Constitution

An introduction to the US Constitution, its founding philosophies, institutions, and applications.

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This is a 6-week virtual class using the Zoom platform.  

Wednesdays: September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19 

7:00 - 8:30pm CST

A 6-week online adult course on civic education. This course takes you from the philosophical foundations of the U.S. Constitution through the modern interpretation and application of its ideals. The course follows the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution Level 3 textbook, which has been used throughout the country to further understanding of our government and its fundamental principles. Don't forget to purchase the textbook. A Kindle version can be purchased on Amazon at

What You Will Learn

● The philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system

● The creation of the U.S. Constitution

● The Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution

● The role of federalism and the branches of government

● The rights protected by the Bill of Rights

● Challenges facing American constitutional democracy in the twenty-first century

Chris Cavanaugh is currently a Social Studies teacher at Bismarck High School. Prior to moving to North Dakota, he taught at Plainfield High School, Plainfield, Indiana, for 28 years. Classes Chris has taught include US Government using the “We the People…” curriculum; AP Government; Dual Credit US History, honors US History, APUSH and Global Studies. He has a BA in Journalism from Indiana University, Bloomington, (1984), with a minor in History. He received the James Madison Memorial Senior Fellow in 1994. He also has a MA in History from Butler University in Indianapolis, was the Plainfield Community Teacher of the Year, 2008 Indiana Teacher of the Year Finalist, and was awarded the 2008 American Civic Educator Teaching Award in 2006 (a national award sponsored by the Center on Congress, the Center for Civic Education, and the National Education Association).In 2018, he was selected as the American Lawyers Alliance Law Related Education Teacher of the Year, and was awarded the John J. Patrick Civic Education Award.


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