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Charles R. and Kathleen K. Hoogland Center for Teacher Excellence

Building upon the mission of Hillsdale Academy, a private co-educational K-12 school, the Hoogland Center for Teacher Excellence (CTE) expands the reach of Hillsdale College’s message of classical curricula and subject mastery to a nationwide audience of teachers. Seminars are open to middle- and high-school teachers.

Upcoming Seminars

March 13, 2020

Sacramento, California

“The Purpose and Structure of the Constitution”

Participants will explore the purpose and structure of the Constitution. They will consider such questions as: What are the principles underlying the Constitution? Why is representation essential to constitutional government? What’s wrong with delegation? How is separation of powers supposed to work, and how does it work today?

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March 20, 2020

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Details coming soon.

April 3, 2020

Orlando, Florida

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Hosting Seminars

Center for Teacher Excellence seminars are held on the campus of Hillsdale College and around the country. If you would like to recommend a school or school district that may be interested in hosting a seminar for teachers, please contact us.

Sponsoring Teachers

If you are interested in providing scholarship assistance for teachers to attend Hoogland Center for Teacher Excellence seminars, please contact us. Teachers from traditional public schools, charter public schools, private schools, and homeschools are eligible to attend CTE seminars.

Scholarships may be provided to teachers according to:

  • the location of the school (i.e., a scholarship for teachers in a particular school district or city)
  • a subject area (i.e., American history, American government, social studies, civics)

If you are interested in funding a Center for Teacher Excellence seminar in your school district, please contact us.


The Hoogland Center for Teacher Excellence is named to recognize the generous contribution of Charles R. and Kathleen K. Hoogland.

Initially attracted to Hillsdale College by its institutional independence and loyalty to its founding principles, the Hooglands were especially interested in sponsoring a program to work with teachers across the country.

A 1952 graduate of Yale University and a serviceman in the United States Navy from 1952-54, Mr. Hoogland was involved in establishing The Video Movie Club. As one of the first video rental stores in the country, The Video Movie Club evolved into what is now Family Video, the largest privately-owned video-rental chain in the country.

Past Seminars

Over thirty-six hundred public, private, and homeschool teachers from 42 states have participated in the seminar series in American civics education. The CTE has conducted over 70 seminars in fifteen states. Seminar topics include the following:

  • Teaching the Declaration of Independence
  • Teaching the Constitution of the United States
  • George Washington and the American Founding
  • The First Amendment, Religious Liberty, and the American Founding
  • Economics and the American Founding
  • Teaching Lincoln and the Civil War
  • Teaching the American Civil Rights Movement
  • The Cold War: Understanding America’s Clash with Communism
  • Economics and the Environment
  • Life, Liberty, and Property: Globalization and the Commercial Republic
  • Progressives and the American Regime
  • Winston Churchill and the Virtues of Statesmanship
  • Free Markets and the Constitution

Past Speakers

The civics seminars feature distinguished Hillsdale College faculty members including:

  • Dr. Adam Carrington
  • Dr. Bradley Birzer
  • Dr. Burton Folsom
  • Dr. David Raney
  • Dr. Gary Wolfram
  • Dr. John Grant
  • Dr. Kevin Portteus
  • Dr. Kevin Slack
  • Dr. Larry Arnn, President
  • Dr. Mark Kalthoff
  • Dr. Matthew Spalding
  • Dr. Michael Clark
  • Dr. Mickey Craig
  • Dr. Paul Moreno
  • Dr. Paul Rahe
  • Dr. Robert Eden
  • Dr. Ronald Pestritto
  • The Hon. Stephen Markman
  • Dr. Thomas West
  • Dr. Will Morrisey

Hillsdale College Online Courses

  • Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution
  • Constitution 102: The Progressive Rejection of the Founding and the Rise of Bureaucratic Despotism
  • History 101: Western Heritage–From the Book of Genesis to John Locke
  • History 102: American Heritage–From Colonial Settlement to the Reagan Revolution
  • Economics 101: The Principles of Free Market Economics
  • The Federalist Papers
  • A Proper Understanding of K-12 Education: Theory and Practice
  • Go To Online Courses

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