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Local Educators Participate in Professional Development on Individual Rights, Second Amendment

Indiana Teachers Study U.S. Constitution This Week

INDIANAPOLIS – Twenty-two Indiana schoolteachers expanded their understanding of constitutional history and current events courtesy of Indiana lawyers and the Indiana Bar Foundation (Foundation). Seven of the participants are new to the curriculum. Participants included:

Jason Wuertz, Annunciation Catholic School at Christ the King, Evansville
Michael Potts, Brown County Junior High School, Nashville
Melissa Walda, Canterbury School, Fort Wayne
Jill Baisinger, Cathedral High School, Indianapolis
David Ongley, Center Grove Community High School, Greenwood
Holli Ewing, East Chicago Central High School, East Chicago
Gregory Scheller, Evansville North High School, Evansville
Mike Fassold, Fishers Junior High School, Fishers
Tim Sokolowski, Franklin Central High School, Indianapolis
Janet Chandler, Hamilton Southeastern High School, Fishers
Stacy Nolan, Kingsway Christian School, Avon
Joseph Reid, Lowell Middle School, Lowell
Adam Williamson, Mississinewa High School, Gas City
Madeline McDonough-Fleace, Northview Elementary, Gas City
Alana Kane, Sand Creek Intermediate School, Fishers
Adam Dressler and Chris Singleton, Shawnee Middle School, Fort Wayne
Brandon Welti, South Putnam High School, Greencastle
Bradley Bowditch, South Side High School, Fort Wayne
Matt VanRyn, St. Vincent de Paul, Fort Wayne
Jason Loomis, Union City Jr. High School, Union City
Zachary Wenrich, Wabash Middle School, Wabash

Speakers and topics included:

Dr. David Adler, president, Alturas Institute; lecturer, University of Idaho College of Law addressed:

  1. How does the Constitution limit government power to protect individual rights while promoting the common good?
  2. Why is the meaning of the Second Amendment and government regulation controversial today?

Dr. Robert Dion, associate professor of political science, University of Evansville; chair, Dept. of Law, Politics and Society addressed: What is the role of political parties in the constitutional system?

Seven New Teachers
Middle school teachers comprised 50 percent (11) of the participants, and seven of the 22 participants are new to We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution. Students in fifth, eighth and twelfth grades demonstrate what they have learned in a simulated congressional hearing before panels of attorneys judging their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, using facts to support their positions, teamwork and presentation skills.

“This is a not rote memorization of historical facts,” said Collin Gruver, J.D., director of civic education programs at the Foundation. “These students are well versed in how current events relate to historical reasoning of the founders. They cite court cases that support their opinions.”

The teachers also prepared for a mock hearing after only a few days of lecture on these topics. This was designed to give them an experience to what their students will experience when they testify.

The Foundation’s mission is to educate about the rule of law. More than 200,000 Hoosier students have learned history and government through the We the People program since it began in 1987, and 5,000 students participated in the program in Indiana in the 2017-2018 school year. Find out more at

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