Professional Development

Indiana We the People Summer Institute

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Indiana We the People Summer Institute will not take place in person. The Institute will be held virtually through a webinar format on June 30 and July 1, 2020.

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.

Topics to be covered this year:

  • Checks and Balances: Are They Working? presented by Dr. Robert Dion
  • We the Whole People: Women and Constitutional Change from the 14th Amendment to the ERA presented by Linda Monk

Attendees can expect to:

  • Learn content from scholars and professors
  • Get grade-level appropriate classroom-ready lessons, techniques, and resources from experienced mentor teachers
  • Receive a teacher collection of books
  • Earn 5 hours of professional growth points (PGPs) (2.5 hours per day)

To sign up, please complete the online registration form.

For additional information, please contact Tim Kalgreen at

Presenter Information

Robert Dion, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert Dion is an associate professor of political science and Igleheart Chair at the University of Evansville.  Dr. Dion firmly believes that citizens need to understand and be involved in the political system.  He has taught American politics courses at the University of Evansville since 2001.  Before he came to the University of Evansville, he taught at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and at Wabash College.  Outside the classroom, Dr. Dion serves as the chairperson of the local civil rights commission and on the boards of several organizations.  He is regularly quoted in news stories about political developments in Indiana or in the United States, and he has appeared frequently on radio and television news programs, including several French-language broadcast outlets.

Linda Monk, J.D.
Linda R. Monk is a constitutional scholar, journalist, and nationally award-winning author.  A graduate of Harvard Law School, she twice received the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, its highest honor for public education about the law.  Her books include The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution, Ordinary Americans: U.S. History Through the Eyes of Everyday People, and The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide. For more than 25 years, Ms. Monk has written commentary for newspapers nationwide – including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Huffington Post.

Recently, she served as a series advisor for the PBS documentary “Constitution USA with Peter Sagal,” and has appeared on MSNBC, C-SPAN, and NPR.  She was appointed a Visiting Scholar at the National Constitution Center when it opened in Philadelphia in 2003.  Her other work for museums includes serving on the Board of Trustees for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation during the 400th anniversary of Virginia’s founding in 2007, as Lead Curator for the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum in Chicago, and a consultant for the Newseum in Washington, D.C.  In addition, she was a member of the executive committee of the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. She has also conducted seminars for such groups as the Pentagon, National Archives, Fulbright Scholars, Smithsonian Institution, National History Day, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and the National Council for the Social Studies.


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