The Rendell Center delivers programs and materials in three main areas: Literature-Based, Experiential Learning, and Professional Development.

Mock Trial Training

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How to Introduce Literature-Based Mock Trials to Your Classes

The Rendell Center makes it easy and fun to bring Literature-Based Mock Trials to life in your classroom. Here you will find the tools and guidance you need to get started—and succeed!

Our instructional video and Mock Trials Handbook serve as your step by step guide to understanding the program and introducing this exciting and engaging learning experience to your students. Simply download the handbook and watch the video below to get started.

Conversation with the Candidates

A unique opportunity for elementary school students to engage prior to the Philadelphia Mayoral Election

In 2015, the Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement provided an opportunity for all Philadelphia School District 4th and 5th graders to engage in a conversation with Mayoral Candidates Jim Kenny and Melissa Murray Bailey. Students’ voices were heard through the submission of 300-word essays on how to resolve what they think is one of the most important issues facing Philadelphia.

Five essays were selected for presentation to the candidates in a live session held on October 20, 2015. The session was broadcast to all schools in the District.

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The Citizenship Challenge

Since its inception in 2013, The Citizenship Challenge has become a signature offering of The Rendell Center and the premiere experiential learning experience for 4th and 5th graders in the Delaware Valley. The Challenge is an essay contest providing students with the opportunity to express themselves regarding a current issue facing our democracy. The top ten finalists participate in a finals program at the National Constitution Center and receive classroom copies of the We The Civics Kids curriculum as well as a civics library for their school (approximate value of $250.00). In addition, The Rendell Center covers transportation costs to the final event as well as a tour of the National Constitution Center. This program has become an annual outreach.

The Citizenship Challenge

Since its inception in 2013, The Citizenship Challenge has become a signature offering of The Rendell Center and the premiere experiential learning experience for 4th and 5th graders in the Delaware Valley. The Challenge is an essay contest providing students with the opportunity to express themselves regarding a current issue facing our democracy. The top ten finalists participate in a finals program at the National Constitution Center and receive classroom copies of the We The Civics Kids curriculum as well as a civics library for their school (approximate value of $250.00). In addition, The Rendell Center covers transportation costs to the final event as well as a tour of the National Constitution Center. This program has become an annual outreach.

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Youth Gubernatorial Forum

Elementary School Students Pose Their Questions to Pennsylvania’s Candidates for Governor

Governors are elected by the people of a state to serve as the head of its government with many responsibilities

A basic goal of a governor is to make his or her state a great place for its citizens to live. Elementary school students are a unique population of PA residents with some very interesting views on how to make their state great as well as how to make their school experiences great.

On October 10, 2018, The Rendell Center combined these interests through a Youth Gubernatorial Forum, prefacing Pennsylvania’s upcoming election for governor. Elementary students were invited share their ideas live with candidates PA Governor Tom Wolf and challenger Scott Wagner, and in a pre-recorded format with candidate Paul Glover.

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