Professional Development

We the People Professional Development Opportunities

The Indiana Bar Foundation is please to present a continuing professional development series on learning and teaching constitutional topics for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Fall Professional Development – September 30, 2020 – Registration Open
Spring Professional Development – TBA
Summer Institute – June 27-July 1, 2021

Indiana high, middle, and elementary school teachers can join the Bar Foundation to learn in-depth content and teaching strategies for important concepts you’ll be teaching in your government, history, or social studies classes.  These topics will also aid We the People teachers in teaching the curriculum and preparing for the simulated congressional hearing authentic assessments. 

The Fall Professional Development will take place Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 4:00-7:00 pm (eastern) via Zoom. Registration is now open!

Topics to be covered include:

  • Teaching About Race and Racism in the Classroom presented by Dr. Michael Ndemanu, professor of multicultural education at Ball State University
    • This session will provide educators multicultural skills to teach about race and racism in their classrooms. It will also help them build their inclusive teaching toolbox and provide them brief historical and contemporary lenses to interpret and manage race-related problems in the school context. In a nutshell, there will be emphasis on  inclusive teaching strategies that prepare educators to develop confidence to lead classroom discussions on diversity and equity issues.
  • 14th Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause presented by Christopher Riano, executive director at the Center for Civic Education and lecturer at Columbia University
    • The 14th Amendment, ratified 1868, has a powerful history in protecting the "life, liberty, and property" of Americans and orders that states cannot “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”  Learn about the history of the amendment and how minority groups have used the courts to fight for their equality.  This session will look at race, gender, and LGBT equal protection issues.

Attendees can expect to

  • Learn content from scholars and professors
  • Get ready-to-use teaching techniques and resources
  • Earn 3.0 hours of professional growth points (PGPs)
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 (all times Eastern)
4:00 p.m. Teaching About Race and Racism in the Classroom
Presented by Dr. Michael Ndemanu
5:15 p.m. Break
5:30 p.m. 14th Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause
Presented by Christopher Riano
7:00 p.m. Closing/Adjournment

Teachers can register online here. For additional information, please contact Tim Kalgreen at

Presenter Information

Michael Ndemanu
Dr. Michael T. Ndemanu is a scholar of multicultural education, curriculum theory, comparative education, and social foundations in the Department of Educational Studies at Ball State University. His research focuses on multicultural education, transformative education, African American Vernacular English, English learner pedagogy, transnational education, translingual literacy, social justice, and peace education. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. Prior to that, he had taught French and English in Cameroon public schools for over eight years before immigrating to the United States in 2006. Dr. Ndemanu is also the Executive Director of Global Institute for Transformative Education (GITE), a U.S.-based non-profit firm designed to improve the quality of instruction and curriculum in developing countries.

Christopher Riano
Christopher Riano is the executive director for the Center for Civic Education. Riano also serves as a lecturer in constitutional law and government at Columbia University, where he teaches comparative jurisprudence, constitutional theory, and the fundamentals of government. He has served as a speaker and author at dozens of conferences and in a number of publications on numerous parts of constitutional theory. His book Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws, co-authored with Professor William N. Eskridge, Jr. of Yale Law School, tells the definitive story of the marriage equality movement from 1967 to 2015. Prior to the Center, Riano served as the assistant counsel to the governor of New York for education, arts, and constitutional law. He has also been the general counsel for the New York State Liquor Authority, an administrative law judge for New York State, and a partner at Drohan Lee LLP.


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