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Over the course of two days, our expert-led sessions will delve into the intricacies of the American Presidency and the electoral process.

We will be providing you with valuable insights, practical strategies, and innovative teaching techniques to enhance your classroom instruction.

Each session will include presentations from experts in the field, interactive discussions, and Q&A segments to address participants’ specific needs and interests. Lesson plans, reading materials, and multimedia resources will be provided for further exploration and implementation in the classroom.

Essential Information

Location: Virtual via Zoom
Date: August 1 & 2

 Application Deadline: June 21, 2024
Notification Deadline:
June 30, 2024
Eligibility: K-12 teachers

When completed, it is worth 12 hours of Professional Development.

Summer Teachers’ Virtual Workshop 2024

Teaching the American Presidency


DAY 1 – 10:00am to 4:00pm (Eastern Time)


  • Explore the historical development of the American Presidency and its significance in American Democracy
  • Examine key constitutional powers and responsibilities of the president and their implications for governance
  • Presidential Power – Congress and the Judiciary
  • Executive Branch legal issues (non- delegation of power’s cases, Chevron Doctrine, political questions

DAY 2 – 10:00am to 4:00pm (Eastern Time)


  • Understand the complexities of the U.S. Electoral System and the election process

  • Learn strategies for teaching about elections, voter participation, and media literacy in the classroom

  • Address controversies and challenges related to the presidency and elections.

  • Roberts Courts and Voting Rights cases


Teacher engaged in a video conference and taking notes.
Screen shot of training materials in video conference.

Faculty and Team

Bruce Allen Murphy

Dr. Bruce Allen Murphy
Program Director

Dr. Bruce Allen Murphy is a judicial biographer and scholar of American constitutional law and politics. He is the Fred Morgan Kirby Professor of Civil Rights at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, a position he has held since 1998. Prior to that appointment, he was a professor of Political Science and a professor of American History and Politics at Pennsylvania State University. In 1978, Murphy received his Ph.D. in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, where he studied with Professors Henry J. Abraham and Robert J. Harris. Murphy is the author of four judicial biographies, the co-author of a textbook, and the editor of a reader. Professor Murphy’s books include The Brandeis/Frankfurter Connection: The Secret Political Activities of Two Supreme Court Justices (Oxford University Press, 1982), Fortas: The Rise and Ruin of a Supreme Court Justice (William Morrow & Co., 1988), Wild Bill: The Legend and Life of William O. Douglas (Random House, 2003), and his latest book, Scalia: A Court of One (Simon & Schuster, 2014). In addition to his judicial biographies, Murphy is the co-author (with Larry Berman) of an American government textbook, Approaching Democracy (Pearson Education). Throughout his academic career, Professor Murphy has taught political science, history, and constitutional law courses, including: American Constitutional Law, Liberty in the United States, The First Amendment, Introduction to U.S. Politics, The American Presidency, and seminars on judicial biography.  Professor Murphy has extensive experience running teacher institutes having served as the Institute Director for The Rendell Center’s Summer Teacher Institutes in 2016 and 2017, as well as participating in the Freedoms Foundations Teacher Institutes for the past 30 years.

Ryan Bravata - Pedagogy Director

Ryan Bravata
Pedagogy Director

Ryan Bravata currently teaches AP US Government and Politics, AP Comparative Government and Politics, and AP World History and served as the Social Studies Department Head at Dutchtown High in Louisiana. He is a member of the Instructional Leadership Team and Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Panel while also sponsoring Griffins Fighting Gender Inequality and Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honors Society. He was awarded District Teacher of the Year in 2019. Over the course of his career, Mr. Bravata has participated in many summer institutes including Gilder Lehrman’s Slave Narratives in American Literature at Yale University, NEH Summer Institute: Borders and Borderlands, and the Constitutional Scholars Institute through the Rendell Center. 

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