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School Programs

Underscore

School programs at Connecticut's Old State House reawaken citizen engagement and awareness by providing an authentic, educational and participatory experience for students. Programs tie closely to the Connecticut Core Standards and Social Studies Frameworks and were developed with students (and teachers!) in mind.

To ensure the safety of our visitors, our education team is proud to offer two high-quality virtual programs: Connecticut's Three Branches of Government and The History of Voting Rights in Connecticut. These civics and history programs will engage your students whether they are learning in your classroom, online, or hybrid!

Virtual School Programs

Each program includes pre-visit activities/materials, a live session with a museum educator, and a post-visit activity.




Connecticut's Three Branches of Government

  • Grades 3-8
  • Students engage in an interactive election, legislative session and court trial to learn about the three branches of state government! Grades 3-5 will focus on the historic Dog Law of 1798 and legislation concerning pets today. Grades 6-8 will focus on 16- and 17-year-old voting rights.
  • Live program length: 60 minutes



The History and Future of Voting Rights in Connecticut

  • Grades 9-12
  • Students will explore the enfranchisement and disenfranchisement of Connecticut citizens over time and observe how the results of a single election could have change as voting rights changed. Students will discuss their own opinions on whether or not 16- and 17-year-olds should have the right to vote.
  • Live program length: 75 minutes



General Information

  • Available dates: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm.
  • Fee: $80* per class (up to 30 students). *Financial assistance is available on a limited basis if cost is an obstacle.
  • Platform: We will provide a link to a Zoom meeting room. If you are using a different platform, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate!



Booking Your School Program

Booking your virtual school program is easy! Simply fill out this online form and we will contact you to confirm the details of your visit. You can also email Jacob Orcutt, Operations Manager, at Jacob.Orcutt@cga.ct.gov.

Click here to book your virtual school program!

Questions? Email Jacob.Orcutt@cga.ct.gov.

*Financial assistance is available on a limited basis if cost is an obstacle.




Educational Programs in Residence at Connecticut’s Old State House

Connecticut's Kid Governor® and Connecticut History Day are signature programs of The Connecticut Democracy Center at Connecticut's Old State House.

GRADE 5

Connecticut's Kid Governor® teaches fifth graders about state government, elections and voting, and civic engagement through an authentic election for a Kid Governor in November! Registered educators receive links to free civics lesson plans and new digital resources that help teach the program virtually. Voting coincides with election week in November. Learn more at CT.KidGovernor.org.

GRADES 6-12

Connecticut History Day is a program for students in grades 6-12 that encourages exploration of local, state, national, and world history. Students create projects which are entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where professional historians and educators evaluate them. Learn more, register for educator and student workshops, and explore the annual theme at historydayct.org.