This is a free one-hour professional development program for education professionals The program is a brief overview of First Amendment issues affecting K-12 public education. It covers some of the leading cases from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Eighth Circuit, and other courts. Topics include: school speech, establishment clause, free exercise clause, clothing, school newspapers and yearbooks, distribution of literature, student clubs, off-campus speech, book censorship, and the pledge of allegiance. In addition to these written materials, the program includes a free one-hour audio podcast.
Continuing Education Clock Hours
Minnesota Teachers: This program has not been preapproved by any district, but is eligible for 1.0 clock hour toward your general 125 hour professional development requirement. This program addresses Standard 10 (collaboration, ethics, and relationships) of the Minnesota Board of Teaching standards for professional growth. You can self-report your attendance. If necessary, you can request a signed certificate of attendance including the date and number of hours, together with the Clock Hour Approval Application Form for you to submit to your district continuing education committee.
Other states: This program is equally relevant to educators in other states and is probably eligible for professional development credit. Please contact me if you need assistance with obtaining credit.
There is no charge to take this one-hour audio program. In most cases, you can self-report your attendance. If you require a signed certificate of attendance, there is a nominal $5 charge. You can download the free audio program at the following URL:
For more information about this program, please visit the course description page on my website: