Constitution Day: September 17

Why do we celebrate Constitution Day?

In 2004, Congress established Constitution Day, a day celebrating our founding document. On September 17, all schools that receive federal funding are required to observe Constitution Day by teaching a curriculum on the U.S. Constitution.

Given recent events surrounding COVID-19 and the social outcry for systemic change against racial injustice, we believe that today’s students are a driving force for change and will continue to face some of the most important civil liberties issues of our time.  Virtual and in-person classrooms participating in Constitution Day will have a better understanding of their civil rights and liberties and how this document influences their daily lives.

Our focus for Constitution Day is “Rights for All.”  The Constitution guarantees the fundamental rights of due process and equal protection to every person in this country, regardless of their citizenship status. Therefore, when the government has the power to deny these fundamental rights to one vulnerable group, everyone’s rights are at risk.

Constitution Day Resources for Educators and Students

This year, the ACLU of Colorado is providing a PowerPoint presentation on the Constitution for high school students.  In the future, we look forward to providing Constitution Day materials and ACLU speakers to all grade-level students.

Below are a few additional resources you can download for classroom use on Constitution Day:

Celebrate the Constitution – A digital initiative presented in collaboration with multiple ACLU organizations to provide educator and student resources to engage with classrooms safely and to present a greater diversity of perspectives about our constitutional rights and freedoms.

Constitution Day 2020 – Presentation Video

Constitution Day 2020 – Presentation Slides

Fascinating Facts about the US Constitution

Timeline of Important U.S. Amendments

Know Your Rights: Students’ Free Speech Rights in Public Schools

Learn How To Become a Student Activist

On Constitution Day, A Vision for Inclusion – blog post on Constitution Day by ACLU of Colorado Executive Director, Nathan Woodliff-Stanley