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TWENTY YEARS OF REPRESENTING SOUTH DAKOTA AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL

03/16/2019

HON. DUSTY JOHNSON of south dakota in the house of representatives Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Mr. JOHNSON of South Dakota. Madam Speaker, it will be the 20th time Spearfish High School will represent South Dakota at the national ``We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution'' competition this spring. The team won the state competition Thursday at Black Hills State University. ``It's commendable that you guys do this . . . . I think this will be a memorable experience for you,'' Wes Brown, of the Vantage Institute, a    Read more >


Reno students fundraising to compete in Washington D.C.

03/12/2019

Reno High School’s “We the People” team has spent hundreds of hours over the course of the school year studying and competing, and it’s all paying off. “Our students won the district competition in December, won the state competition in February, and now is going to Washington D.C. to represent the state of Nevada in the national finals,” says team advisor Richard Clark. Clark says “We the People” is a class that was created by congress in 1987 to provide more civic education in schools. Something Clark adds is important to teach the youth so they don’t fall into the hyper-partisan ways of today’s society. “This    Read more >


Class inspires Boonsboro High senior to 'take action'

03/11/2019

Casey Mazzone of Hagerstown applied to colleges with strong biology programs. A course she is taking at Boonsboro High School caused the senior to have a change of heart and major. A student in the “Taking Informed Action” course with teacher Ashley Vascik this school year, 17-year-old Casey has discovered a passion for government. Now, her intended majors in college are political science and homeland security, which she will most likely study at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. Vascik’s course includes preparation for the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition. Both of Casey’s older sisters    Read more >


Sky View/Green Canyon prepping for We The People nat'l competition

03/09/2019

It’s 7:15 on a Friday morning, and laughter can be heard coming from an upstairs classroom at Green Canyon High School as members of the Sky View/Green Canyon combined We The People team study and collaborate together. The team was named Utah’s We The People State Champions on Feb. 14 and has the opportunity to compete at the national level in Washington, D.C., at the end of April. “We ask them to come at 7 or 6:45 two days a week, and then they get to choose another day,” Sky View/Green Canyon We The People coach Andrea Thompson said. “A lot of them are here every single day.” × Students work in units where they broaden and    Read more >


Laurel High School students to travel to the We The People competition

03/08/2019

Laurel High School’s We The People class has been invited to compete at the National Finals as a Wild Card after placing 2nd and 3rd at the State competition in Helena in January. The We The People competition is held to judge student’s knowledge of the philosophy, history and application of the US Constitution. Eleven students will be traveling to Washington, DC this April 26th through April 30th to compete against schools from all over the United States. Every year the sponsoring group, the Center for Civic Education, holds places in the National Competition for deserving schools    Read more >


We the People class headed to nationals

03/07/2019

It’s been a staple of North Smithfield High School education since 2002, and this April, the students of Natalie O’Brien’s freshman We the People course will head to the national finals for the 13th year running. The class is an honors version of the freshman American Government course, fulfilling a school requirement for civics education. But it’s also a national competition, one that North Smithfield has excelled at on the state level since 2007. Students spend the first half of the year covering a typical civics curriculum, learning about the history of United States government and its implementation today. Beginning in December,    Read more >


‘From students in high school all the way to the president’s desk.’ How a government class fought for the release of unsolved FBI civil rights case files.

03/07/2019

There are family members who still want to know why Willie Edwards, a 24-year-old husband and father, was abducted and beaten by members of the Ku Klux Klan in 1957, then forced to leap to his death from a bridge over the Alabama River near Montgomery, Ala. There are still friends of Louis Allen, a farmer and father of four in Liberty, Miss., who want to know why he was shot to death on his own property in 1964, possibly by the county sheriff. The deaths are just two of 128 lynchings of black Southerners in the decades after World War II that have been investigated by the Justice Department. But its civil rights division, and a unit formed    Read more >


Civics Education Bills Are on Legislative Agendas in Seven States

03/06/2019

While most states require students to study civics in some sort of capacity, just eight mandate a yearlong civics or government class as a graduation requirement, according to a 2018 50-state survey by Education Week. But that number may soon grow as a flurry of civics education bills inch through state legislatures this year and other states move to expand or implement civic education requirements already in place. Education Week's survey last year found three states—Washington, Nevada and Pennsylvania—that are already on board to begin expanding their civics requirements as soon as this year. Seven other states are set to consider    Read more >


Senate honors Tahoma High’s ‘We the People’ team

02/28/2019

The Washington State Senate today honored Tahoma High School’s “We the People” team with a resolution sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) and Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent) in recognition of the school’s 23rd state championship. “Every year, I’m impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the Tahoma High team and its coach, and their record of excellence,” Mullet said. “It’s great to see students excel in a program that increases civic participation and strengthens democracy. The critical-thinking skills this program develops will serve them well in their academic career and in life.” “This is an amazing accomplishment    Read more >


We the People New Jersey State Coordinator Promotes Additional Civics in the Curriculum

02/25/2019

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Students lobby for law limiting use of straws and plastic bags in Newark

02/23/2019

When freshman Leah Williams takes the bus to Newark Charter School each morning, she passes a plot of grass that is littered with plastic bags. “I know that possibly being able to reduce that number, even completely reduce it later on, that would be great, and I’d feel a lot better,” she said. Williams is one of several students at the high school who have been fighting for change in Newark – and, more broadly, the state of Delaware – by lobbying city and state officials to limit the use of single-use plastic straws and bags. They recently earned the support of the city’s Conservation Advisory Commission, and city council could    Read more >


READING, WRITING, MATH … AND CIVICS? NEW H.S. MANDATE POSSIBLE

02/18/2019

State lawmakers are considering requiring more civics lessons in New Jersey classrooms, though a proposal to make it a high school graduation requirement met resistance at its first hearing. New Jersey high schools teach civics as part of U.S. government courses but not as a standalone course. That could change if a bill endorsed Thursday by the Assembly Education Committee, A1095, becomes law. New Jersey requires two years of U.S. history and one year of world history in high school, and civics is required to be integrated into the courses. Arlene Gardner, executive director of the New Jersey Center for Civic Education, said a survey shows    Read more >


MRHS and ‘We the People’

02/18/2019

Twenty-two Monomoy Regional High School government students recently traveled to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate in Boston to participate in the state “We the People” speech competition. Student speeches were judged by volunteers from the fields of law, history, politics, education, journalism, government and non-profit organizations. Students presented 12 speeches in groups to panels of judges, and answered questions about the Constitution, civics, government and current events. The following students each won a unit award for their presentations: Hannah Mitchell, Robbie Sieger, Molly McKenna and Caroline Davock.    Read more >


‘We The People’ Westfield Students Take Part In Albany Competition

02/17/2019

Despite being one of the smallest schools, to take part in the annual statewide “We the People” competition in Albany, Westfield Academy and Central School students not only became better acquainted with the U.S. Constitution, but received an award for their efforts. The WACS team, which was the only group from Western New York, place seventh out of nine schools and received a Unit 5 Presentation Award at the New York State competition on Jan. 12. The team from Half Hollow Hills won its second consecutive New York State Championship and will represent the state at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. WACS students, under the    Read more >


Vestavia Hills High School We the People Wins Big at State Championship

02/16/2019

The We the People team at Vestavia Hills High School recently won first place in a state championship at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. Teams were tested on their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, giving presentations and answering questions from judges to showcase their depth of understanding of their presented topic. This is the second consecutive state title the team has earned, and it puts the team on track to compete at the national competition to be held later in the spring. Team members included Sam Swinson, Abby Ronson, Julia Holmes, Julia Stewart, Ellis Zhang, Walter Zhang, Boris Lu,    Read more >


Half Hollow Hills High School East wins 'We the People'

02/15/2019

A 15-student team from Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills was named state champion in a competition that tests student knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. The competition, “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution,” challenged teens to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles. They also defended positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues by participating in simulated congressional hearings and “testifying” before a panel of judges acting as members of Congress. This is the second consecutive year that a Half Hollow Hills East team has won the state title, school    Read more >


Jackson We the People wins state

02/14/2019

Local students returned from Laramie last weekend as We the People state champions. We the People is a national civic education program with the goal of developing students to be educated, active citizens. It incorporates research, writing and critical thinking with a culminating performance assessment that measures understanding of concepts in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It has reached more than 30 million students and 90,000 teachers since its inception in 1987. While the Jackson team, also known as Bronc Law, has qualified for the state finals each of the last 5 years, this was its first state championship. The Jackson    Read more >


We the People State Finals Tests Laramie High School Student Constitutional Knowledge

02/12/2019

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We the People: Amador Valley, Foothill to face off again at nationals

02/12/2019

An old-fashioned Pleasanton rivalry will play out on a national stage when students from Amador Valley and Foothill high schools head to Washington, D.C. in April for the We the People national finals. The long-running civics competition pits students’ knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and American government against each other in mock congressional hearings, testing their critical-thinking skills during the process as well. Both schools finished strong at the state competition on Feb. 2 in Sacramento, where Amador Valley won and Foothill team placed second. The victory automatically qualified Amador for nationals while second-place    Read more >


Easthampton H.S. students to take part in constitutional knowledge competition

02/12/2019

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - For the second year in a row, Easthampton High School students are going to the nation's capital to test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. Eighteen Easthampton High students will represent Massachusetts in a simulated congressional hearing competition for the "We the People" finals. It's part of the 32nd annual national competition held at the National Conference Center in Washington D.C. During the hearings, the students will testify as constitutional experts before panels of judges acting as congressional committees. They will test their knowledge, understanding, and ability to apply constitutional    Read more >


Monomoy Students Compete at We the People Competition

02/09/2019

On Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, 22 Monomoy Regional High School government students traveled to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate in Boston to participate in the state "We the People" speech competition. Student speeches were judged by volunteers from the fields of law, history, politics, education, journalism, government and non-profit organizations. Students presented 12 speeches in groups to panels of judges, and answered questions about the Constitution, civics, government and current events. Congratulations to all our students for their hard work, and especially to Unit 5 members for winning a unit award for their    Read more >


High School’s ‘We the People’ team today at courthouse

02/06/2019

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Late notice but Jackson Hole High School – We the People (Bronc Law) is happening soon at the Municipal Courtroom (Hansen Courthouse). Twenty-eight high school seniors from JHHS We the People team will be performing six presentations related to government, politics, and law. These topics are anchored in the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Specific topics include everything from the Freedom of Speech and Immigration to the United States Congress and Supreme Court. We the People is a civic education program designed to foster well educated and active citizenship. Our Jackson Hole High    Read more >


Vestavia Hills High School state champions for We the People

02/05/2019

Vestavia Hills High School represented the sixth congressional district at the We the People competition and won the state championship. VHHS competed against teams from three other congressional districts to win the championship. VHHS won all six units to take the championship. The state competition was held at Samford University at the Cumberland School of Law. Senior team members include: Julia Stewart, Sam Swinson, Ellis Zhang, Caroline Bass, Julia Holmes, Nikki Pedicord, Ritika Samant, Walter Zhang, Rohith Vuribindi, Rizwan Khan, Abby Ronson, Libby Jackson, Boris Lu and Sophie Borden. The coaches are Amy Maddox and Jane Schaefer. We    Read more >


THS We The People State of the Union Viewing Party

02/05/2019

Tahoma High School’s We the People team will host a livestream viewing of the State of the Union address at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in the performing arts center at THS. Students and community members are invited to attend this free viewing. “This is a nonpartisan event hosted by We the People students, who will model civil discourse as we bring together our community,” said Gretchen Wulfing, who advises Tahoma’s WTP team. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the event end time depends on the length of the speech. Please note: Food and drinks are not allowed in the PAC    Read more >


Constitutional champions: EHS students win top honors at ‘We the People’ competition

01/30/2019

Students from Easthampton High School and Williston Northampton School placed first and third, respectively, at last weekend’s “We the People: The Citizen and The Constitution” competition, which tests students on their U.S. civics and constitutional knowledge. Competing against seven other schools in the state finals on Saturday, EHS won for the second year in a row at the National Conference Center in Boston and earned a spot in the 32nd We the People National Finals in Washington, D.C. from April 26-29. The program is organized by the non-profit Massachusetts Center for Civic Education (MACCE). “This program is so important    Read more >


20 years of representing SD at the national level Spearfish High School ‘We the People’ team wins state again

01/26/2019

SPEARFISH — It will be the 20th time Spearfish High School will represent South Dakota at the national “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition this spring. The team won the state competition Thursday at Black Hills State University. “It’s commendable that you guys do this. … I think this will be a memorable experience for you,” Wes Brown, of the Vantage Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides education, training, and support for issues facing communities, said. He thanked the students for their hard work, the judges for their time, and everyone involved for making the event possible. The We    Read more >


Tahoma’s We The People moves onto nationals, again

01/24/2019

Tahoma High School’s We The People class won the Washington State 2019 Civics Championship for the 23rd year out of the 25 years the school has been competing in it. The competition took place Jan. 12, and now Tahoma will advance to compete at nationals in Washington, D.C. at the end of April. We The People is an advanced placement government class offered at Tahoma as part of the social studies requirement to graduate, according to Gretchen Wulfing, the educator who teaches the class. She said it is different from other classes because students learn how to apply the constitution to current events, civil discourse and how to work in    Read more >


Boonsboro High team taking constitutional knowledge to national competition again

01/24/2019

As Boonsboro High School senior Karen Hosova gets closer to graduation, she is thinking about college and life beyond. She plans to study law, but first decided to learn as much as she could about her rights as an American citizen. Karen is one of 16 students on the school’s “We The People” team, which competes against other high schools across the state using their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. Boonsboro won its ninth district competition in November and a fourth consecutive state title Jan. 10. It will vie for the top spot in the nation April 27 through May 1 in Leesburg, Va. “We just want to be more informed about what    Read more >


Half Hollow Hills "We The People" Team Wins Second Consecutive New York State Championship

01/24/2019

The Half Hollow Hills High School East’s We The People team won their second consecutive New York State championship on January 12, 2019, at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in New York City. The team will represent New York State at the National Finals on April 26-29, 2019, in Washington, D.C., and will compete against approximately 1,200 students from 56 high school classes in simulated congressional hearings. During a We The People competition, students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary    Read more >


Black River High School placed second in the state “We The People” civics competition on Jan. 11.

01/21/2019

Black River High School students place second in the “We the People” state competition and is now fundraising for the national contest this spring in Washington, D.C. We the People is a national civics competition run by the nonprofit Center for Civic Education, with the goal of teaching civic competence and responsibility to upper elementary, middle school and high school students. Since its inception in 1987, more than 30 million students and 75,000 educators have participated in the We the People program. At “We The People competitions, students present speeches on constitutional issues before a panel of expert judges. They are then    Read more >


THS ‘We the People’ Win State Championship for the 10th Consecutive Year

01/19/2019

Tahoma has won the Washington State Championship 11 out of the past 12 years. At We the People Nationals, Tahoma has made it into the elite Top Ten finals five of the last seven years. In the Top Ten round, Tahoma competes on Capitol Hill in storied hearing rooms such as the Ways and Means Committee. The Tahoma High School ‘We The People’ team has won the Washington State title 23 of the past 25 years. “These students have been working since June 2018; their awesome work ethic has been inspiring and their performance was exceptional,” says instructor Gretchen Wulfing, who has been teaching the ‘We The People’ team at Tahoma    Read more >


Titans Win As Son Defends Immigration Rights in ‘We the People’ Regional Championship Same Day His Mom Takes Oath of Citizenship

12/28/2018

As the date of the We The People competition drew nearer, T.C. Williams senior Jerome Maquiling spent more and more hours wrestling with one of the biggest decisions he had ever had to make: It was not only the day the he was slated to represent T.C. Williams in the We the People Regional Championship — something he had been working towards for months — it was also the day that his mom would take the oath to become a U.S. Citizen. Jerome and his mom landed in the U.S. from the Philippines when he was just five years old. He spoke no English and at school found himself scribbling with his finger in the air to let his teacher know that he    Read more >


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12/28/2018

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Trumbull owns state We The People crown again

12/20/2018

Trumbull High School once again won the state championship for the We The People citizenship and constitution competition at Central Connecticut State University. This marks the 8th straight year the team, under the direction of teacher Katie Boland, has won the right to represent the state in the national competition, which will be held April 26 to 30 in Washington, DC. The current team is comprised of 25 members of Boland’s Advanced Placement/Early College Experience Government and Constitutional Studies class. They practiced since the start of the school year to become experts at testifying on constitutional issues in a simulated    Read more >


We the People team earns second at state: Eighth-grade civics students place second behind Fishers for third year

12/19/2018

“Winning is easy,” We the People teacher Michael Potts said to a group of somber-faced eighth-grade students one day after they placed second at the state competition. “This is the hard part. It’s hard for me to look at all of you and see your sad faces. It’s hard for you to sit here, feeling bad.” Even though they may not be able to grasp it at this time, Potts said the eighth-grade students are winners. “I hope someday, someday soon, you will realize how much you have won. Not only yesterday, but how much you’ve won through this class and through efforts you’ve put forth your entire lives,” he said to his students    Read more >


Naturalization ceremony welcomes 20 new U.S. citizens at Sierra Vista High School

12/16/2018

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — On Saturday, around 1:00 p.m., 20 immigrants from 15 different countries around the world officially became U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony inside Sierra Vista High School. The ceremony followed a Southern Nevada competition ‘We The People’, which challenged over 400 high school students with questions about the nation’s history, constitution and citizenship process. Afterwards, many of the students, their parents and teachers stayed to watch the naturalization ceremony. U.S. District Judge Andrew Patrick Gordon led the Oath of Allegiance, granting these immigrants their citizenship. “These folks are    Read more >


A strong constitution: Kentucky students show what they know

12/16/2018

How well do you know the U.S. Constitution? While most Americans comprehend that the Constitution protects their rights, few can readily cite the history, laws and politics that have shaped that document’s 27 amendments. But 126 Kentucky middle and high school students from six area schools who took part in We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution definitely know their Constitution and are adept at discussing its democratic principles. The Dec. 11 event, hosted by the McConnell Center, is a series of student presentations that simulate a congressional hearing. Community representatives who have expertise in law, history and/or    Read more >


Wando brings home gold to the Lowcountry in constitutional competition

12/14/2018

Wando High School won its second We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition on Dec. 7 in Lexington. The first runner-up was River Bluff High School in Lexington. This competition is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of judges and is sponsored by the SC Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division. The team will now represent South Carolina in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals, April 27-29 in Washington, D.C. “This program allows students to learn more about the Constitution in a fun and competitive way,” said LRE director Cynthia Cothran. “    Read more >


Familiar names return to We the People winner circle

12/14/2018

Hamilton County teams took home top honors in the Indiana We the People high school and middle school state finals held Sunday through Tuesday in Indianapolis. The first-place finishers now have the chance to compete for national titles. Hamilton Southeastern High School and Fishers High School placed first and second, respectively, in the high school state competition. Meanwhile, Fishers Junior High School captured first place in the middle school contest, continuing its streak of top finishes since 2016. Hamilton Southeastern will compete in the national We the People competition in Virginia in April 2019. Fishers Junior High School will    Read more >


Students show off knowledge of the Constitution; Thomas-Foundation awards ,000 to We the-People

12/12/2018

These kids are all right, and probably know a lot more about the U.S. Constitution than you do. "Classical republicanism has its roots in Greek and Roman philosophy," Sheridan High School student Stephanie Gonda said during the annual "We the People" competition at the Ramkota Hotel on Tuesday. Fellow student David Wold added, "Cicero, a Roman scholar, said 'a nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious, but cannot survive an enemy from within.'" And Taylor Katschke followed with, "Unifying the people of a nation under one banner, that of the common good, is the force that drives classical republicanism; whereas the natural rights    Read more >


LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE WORKING TO SOLVE WORLD ISSUES

12/12/2018

A class of high schoolers are going beyond the walls of their school to make a difference. Students from Lafayette Jeff and Oakland are working on projects to change public policy issues. The project is through Purdue's national civic education program called "Project Citizen." Students spent the last two months creating a resolution to hot button issues within our community and world. Grant Fischer, the social studies teacher leading the students said his class of 15 have split into five groups of 3. The groups have been working on the their projects for the past two months. Issues of plastic bag pollution, teen pregnancy, concussions    Read more >


We the People competition in Bakersfield

12/10/2018

KGET posted this video story for the We the People competition in Bakersfield. GOVERNMENT STUDENTS FROM TEN HIGH SCHOOLS IN KERN COUNTY PUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION TO THE TEST TODAY IN THE 32ND ANNUAL "WE THE PEOPLE" COMPETITION    Read more >


Arvin High School crowned 2018 We the People regional champs

12/09/2018

Students from across Kern County put their knowledge of the United States Constitution to the test Saturday at Golden Valley High School. In the end, it was the students from Arvin High School who were crowned 2018 We the People regional champions. With the win, Arvin High School will go on to represent Kern County in the state championships on Feb. 2 in Sacramento. Centennial High School finished as champions of the 23rd District, but were runners up to Arvin High School in overall scoring. Centennial High School still has a chance to earn a wildcard bid to participate in the state championships. Each team individually presented    Read more >


Citizenship: From Conceptual Learning to Active Participation by Jack Hoar

12/07/2018

Jack Hoar worked on behalf of civic education from the 1960s until he passed away this April. Jack first became a colleague of the Center in about 1967 when he was the social studies supervisor for Long Beach Unified School District. Upon his retirement in 1992, he became a full-time staff member, integrally involved in all major projects of the Center. He served as director of the Civitas International Programs from 1996 to 2003, when he retired. He returned to lead the program once again from 2010 to 2014. Although he retired from the Center in 2014, he continued to be a senior consultant until his final days. This is a preview of Jack's    Read more >


Joplin High School Constitution Team takes second at state competition

12/07/2018

The Joplin High School Constitution Team has done all it can do. Now the waiting begins. The team finished second this week in the state-level Show Me the Constitution competition, held in Columbia. A win at state would have automatically qualified the team for a trip to the national We the People competition, but the possibility exists that its second-place showing will be good enough for an invite anyway, JHS teacher and team adviser William Keczkemethy said. Rather than wait, though, Keczkemethy and the team plan to celebrate their performance that was topped by only one other school in the entire state. Details are still being worked    Read more >


Sandema Sec/Tec wins NCCE Ghana Project Citizen Competition

12/04/2018

Navrongo (UE), Dec. 3, GNA - The Sandema Senior High Technical School emerged victorious in this year’s National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) Project Citizen Showcase competition held for selected senior schools in the Upper East Region. It beat four other schools after amassing 58 points to take over the crown from the Bolgatanga Girls Senior High School (BOGISS) that won the competition last year. The Notre Dame Minor Seminary Senior High School in Navrongo, which hosted the competition, came second after securing 55.5 points while the third position went to Paga Senior High School with 41.7 points. Bolgatanga Senior High    Read more >


‘We The People’ pushes students to higher level

12/04/2018

A new government class at Jasper High School offers students the chance to dive deeply into the U.S. Constitution and show off their knowledge in a statewide competition. The class, called We The People, is part of a nationwide program that covers the history and principles of the United States’ democratic republic. It’s a combination between a government class and an academic competition that places students in regional, state and national competitions. This is the first year JHS has offered the course, and the 10 students in the class already qualified for the state competition. They will compete in Indianapolis later this month.    Read more >


Civics 101 New Hampshire Public Radio: Why the Midterms Matter

11/06/2018

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Why Americans Don't Vote, from New York Times

11/06/2018

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Presque Isle High School students to host candidates forum

10/11/2018

The candidates running for state House and Senate and for county sheriff will share their ideas for governance at a forum hosted by Presque Isle High School students on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The candidate forum is part of Presque Isle High School’s civics class Project Citizen curriculum, said Zachary Powers, chair of the social studies department at the high school. The forum will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Presque Isle Middle School Auditorium. The first such forum organized through PIHS was held in 2016 and “was warmly received by the candidates and community as it was the only venue that political candidates had been given    Read more >


Springfield Project Citizen students tackle politics, speak with local leaders

10/09/2018

Springfield City students recently had an opportunity to speak with public officials and present to them projects exploring how they can make the city, state and country a better place. The students took on Project Citizen, a learning experience that allows students to dive into local politics and learn more about both sides of the issues. It is also a tool to teach them that they can make a difference, government teacher Scott Hambrick said. “I am big on citizenship and civic participation,” he said. “I just want students to see that even at a young age, even though they are not voters, there are other ways and more influential ways    Read more >


We the People Teacher Phil Dobbins recognized at WV Teacher of the Year Ceremony

09/27/2018

West Virginia Teacher of the Year nominees from every county were honored at a gala at the Embassy Suites Hotel on the evening of September 12, 2018. Philip Dobbins, a 26-year veteran educator assigned to Clay County High School represented Clay County Schools. As part of this celebration, the West Virginia Teacher of the Year was announced by State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. Dobbins teaches Civics and Government classes at Clay County High School. He also teaches two advanced placement (AP) courses. His AP students boast one of the highest passing rates in the state on their AP exams. His AP Government and Politics course    Read more >


Student on a mission to boost CSUF voter registration

09/17/2018

By Meghan Waymire Contributing columnist In my senior year of high school, I participated in We The People, a competitive program where students perform mock congressional hearings and are challenged with questions to test their critical thinking skills and knowledge on court cases, history, current events, the Constitution and more. Although I had always been intrigued by politics, We The People solidified that interest, taught me how to research and showed me just how important it was for people — especially young people — to get involved in the political process. Fast-forward to me falling in love with the environment at Cal State    Read more >


Constitution 101 is Positively Fort Wayne

09/10/2018

With the General Election just a few months away, some residents are taking steps they feel will help them make more informed decisions at the polls. They're taking a class called Constitution 101 that is being offered at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library. "My wife and I signed up so we could refresh our memories and get a better understanding of the laws," said 75-year old Randy Roberts. "Just to really find out what is going on and what are our leaders doing to us and for us." Reginald Blackmon also signed up for the adult only class. He did it to better understand the voting process and share that information with his    Read more >


New Missouri Law Requires Students to Pass Civics Exam Before Graduating

09/07/2018

A new Missouri law requires all public colleges and universities to administer a civics exam to students as a requirement for graduation. It was part of Senate Bill 807, which went into effect on August 28, 2018. The law will apply to the incoming class of first-time college students in the fall of 2019 and all students who come after them. The law says the exam must be 50 to 100 questions similar to those on the U.S. Citizenship test. The subject matter must include the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and other areas of government and history. According to the Missouri Department of Higher Education, each institution is responsible    Read more >


How To Make A Civics Education Stick

08/15/2018

How do you teach kids to be active participants in government? Or to tell the difference between real news and fake news? In their last legislative sessions, 27 states considered bills or other proposals that aim to answer these questions. Many of those proposals are rooted in popular ideas about the best ways to teach civics, including when kids should start, what they should learn and how to apply those lessons. Here's a look at some of those concepts. Start when they're young, go into college Little kids know about rules. If you explain the reasons behind the rules, they'll understand that, too. Charles Quigley, executive director of    Read more >


Civics education belongs in all school grades

08/14/2018

My position will be to encourage civic education for students throughout all grades. Most important, high school students can engage in civics through a program called “We the People.” This civics based program has been in existence since 1987. It is administered by the Center for Civic Education in Calabasas, Calif., and locally by the N.H. Bar Association in Concord, N.H. The We the People program promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s upper elementary and secondary students. The We the People curriculum is an innovative course of instruction on the history and principles of the United States constitutional    Read more >


Oak Grove Middle School Wins Civic Learning Award Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3893764#ixzz5O73fuDCl

08/14/2018

Yearly, the California Department of Education acknowledges excellent public schools in California with the Civic Learning Award. Schools are awarded in one of three areas: Excellence, Distinction, and Merit. For the 2017-2018 school year, only one middle school in all of California was awarded the Civic Learning Award of Distinction, Oak Grove Middle School of the Jamul-Dulzura Union School District. Oak Grove Middle School, located in rural Jamul of San Diego County, won the award based on their Constitution-themed curriculum which is a required part of Social Studies class. The award is also a reflection of other programs Oak Grove offers    Read more >


Bar Foundation to offer Constitution 101 course

08/02/2018

The Allen County Bar Foundation is bringing back its Constitution 101 course ahead of the November midterm election. "With high-profile midterm elections happening in November, the value of civic literacy cannot be understated," Jim Fenton, attorney and foundation board president, said in a statement. "This course is presented without a political agenda or ideology. Adult learners will draw their conclusions after learning about the history and structure of the federal government in an engaging format." The foundation is partnering with the League of Women Voters' Fort Wayne chapter, the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue    Read more >


Students Get 'Too Little' Civics Teaching, Principals Say

07/31/2018

Majority of principals say students “more engaged” in civics after Parkland shooting By Alyson Klein Earlier this year, students at Iowa’s Burlington High School joined thousands of their peers in a nationwide protest advocating for stricter gun laws. Nearby, a handful of their classmates staged their own demonstration in support of the Second Amendment. For David Keane, the principal of the school near the Quad Cities, the goal was: Make sure his students engaged in a respectful, productive conversation on an issue that can send adults straight to tantrum territory, especially on social media. Keane said he told his students “ ‘you    Read more >


Security study by Long Beach 3rd graders still significant as bond vote approaches

07/31/2018

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX Television) A massive study about school security in the Long Beach school district, that includes detailed solutions, is gaining momentum. However, it wasn’t done recently. The study blaring the warning sirens was done three years ago, not by a professional consulting company, but by third-graders. “It makes me feel very joyous and happy that me and my friends all did something that helps kids and adults in the future stay safe,” said student Eric Sutton. These soon-to-be sixth-grade students were among a class in the Reeves Elementary School Discovery Program who took on the project called Project Citizen. It    Read more >


Civic Education Overhaul Nears Completion in Massachusetts

07/27/2018

Massachusetts legislators have approved a bill to overhaul civics education that would make the Bay State the first in the nation to require schools to coordinate "student led" civics projects. It needs only Gov. Charlie Baker's signature. The bill has been in development for months as lawmakers debated whether to make the projects a graduation requirement for students. The final bill doesn't quite go that far, instead putting the responsibility on each school serving 8th graders and each high school to provide at least one project to students. Those projects, it says, "may be individual, small group, or classwide," and should be designed    Read more >


What Your State Is Doing To Beef Up Civics Education

07/22/2018

Fake news. Record-low voting turnout. Frequent and false claims from elected officials. Vitriol in many corners of political debate. These are symptoms we hear of all the time that our democracy is not so healthy. And those factors might be why many states are turning to the traditional — and obvious — place where people learn how government is supposed to work: schools. More than half of the states in their last legislative sessions — 27 to be exact — have considered bills or other proposals to expand the teaching of civics. "The electorate is largely ignorant, and there is an overall deficit of civic learning," said Charles Quigley    Read more >


BHSU waiving application fee for We the People and other students

07/15/2018

Black Hills State University will waive the application fee for all new students who apply for admission to the university during Downtown Friday Nights in Spearfish. "If you stop by our booth and apply that night, weíll waive your application fee," said Beth Oaks, director of admissions. A laptop will be available for online applications, as well as paper applications. advertisement "The application is short and easy," said Oaks. And there is great potential for saving much more than . Oaks says scholarships are still available to incoming students, especially students from the local region who are involved in We The People,    Read more >


Indiana teachers participate in We the People career development

07/15/2018

Twenty-two Indiana schoolteachers, including Stacy Nolan from Kingsway Christian School in Avon, expanded their understanding of constitutional history and current events, courtesy of Indiana lawyers and the Indiana Bar Foundation. Seven of the participants are new to the curriculum. David Adler, president of Alturas Institute, lecturer, University of Idaho College of Law, addressed how the Constitution limits government power to protect individual rights while promoting the common good, and why the meaning of the Second Amendment and government regulation so controversial today. Robert Dion, associate professor of political science at the    Read more >


Place-Based Education: Think Globally, Teach Locally

07/12/2018

Sarah Anderson is Fieldwork and Place-Based Education Coordinator at the Cottonwood School of Civics and Science in Portland, Oregon, and author of Bringing School to Life: Place-Based Education Across the Curriculum, which features the Center's Project Citizen program. The school incorporates a local approach while also linking students to global issues. By guest blogger Sarah Anderson Globalization and technology have changed the world of education. Teachers must prepare their students for "global citizenship" by exposing them to current events and issues taking place around the world. At the same time, place-based education (PBE) is on    Read more >


Portland High Schoolers Some of the Most Knowledgable Constitutional Scholars in the Nation

07/11/2018

Every year, 1 million or so students from the best high schools across the country participate in the We the People competition, battling for a chance to travel to Washington, D.C., for the finals. As experts on the U.S. Constitution, teams engage in simulated congressional hearings, where they're quizzed on such topics as "The Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System," "How Changes in the Constitution Have Furthered the Ideals in the Declaration of Independence" and "Twenty-first Century Challenges to American Constitutional Democracy." And for six of the past seven years, the top prize has been traded    Read more >


Tahoma High School’s award winning “We the People” program to receive boost from County budget

07/10/2018

We the People is a national high school civics program administered by the Center for Civic Education where high school students apply constitutional principles to current issues in a Senate hearing format. Story It’s a nationally recognized program that helps teach civics to the students at Tahoma High School and Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn announced today that the school’s “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” team will receive 00 as part of the budget update adopted by the Council. “I’m proud to support this group of future leaders in continuing their educational endeavors,” said Dunn    Read more >


Newark Charter students help amend Delaware law

07/06/2018

When four Newark Charter School students saw video of a woman in Delaware City yelling at a man with a service animal in a restaurant, they didn’t expect to get a standing ovation at Legislative Hall in Dover a few months later. After rising 10th graders Jordyn Arrington, Makenzie “Kenzie” Golla, Genevieve Gore and Jasmin Rutter first saw the video – which made national headlines after going viral last fall – in their current events class, they decided to pursue the topic of service animals for Project Citizen, a national program that encourages citizenship and responsible participation in state and local government. Their school    Read more >


Roaring Fork High School students advocate for classes on financial literacy

06/18/2018

Roaring Fork High School students Stefan Platzer and Xio Alvarez took matters into their own hands this past school year and created a project to present to the Roaring Fork School Board for their Project Citizen assignment. Project Citizen encourages high school students to get involved in community government and address a local problem. Platzer and fellow RFHS junior Alvarez hope to convince the school board to make a financial literacy class mandatory for every high school junior. "We believe high school should teach us more life-important skills. In our opinion, one of the most important skills is basic financial management skills," they    Read more >