Civitas Colleagues Lead Project Citizen Workshop in Chile

Nov 24, 2015 / Civitas International Programs

Twenty-five middle school teachers and six school directors in Santiago, Chile participated in a Project Citizen professional development workshop organized by Center’s Civitas International Programs colleagues in Chile and funded through a new grant from the U.S. Embassy.  Dr. Diane Palmer led the four-session workshop in August 2015 for teachers and school directors from Peñalolén and Puente Alto, two communities of Santiago. Read the rest of this entry »

James Madison Legacy Project Holds Launch Meeting in Los Angeles

Nov 24, 2015 / E-news

A launch meeting for the James Madison Legacy Project was held on November 6-8 in Los Angeles. The project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, will bring high-quality professional development in civics and government to 2,025 teachers serving more than 202,500 high-need students nationwide. Read the rest of this entry »

An Insider’s View of Educational Reform, 1965-2015

Nov 24, 2015 / Message from the Center

The year 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the Center for Civic Education. Coincidentally, it is the 50th anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which is the major source of federal support for precollegiate education. Read the rest of this entry »

Wyoming Teachers Attend Heart Mountain Professional Development Seminar

Nov 23, 2015 / Project Citizen, We the People

Wyoming teachers recently attended a two-day professional development seminar focused on the historical and constitutional issues surrounding the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Wyoming History Day, We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, and We the People: Project Citizen conducted seminar for teachers October 16–18, 2015, at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Read the rest of this entry »

American Judges Foundation Gives Grant to We the People

Nov 10, 2015 / Announcements

The Center would like to acknowledge the generosity of the American Judges Foundation, which recently gave a grant of $2,500 to support the We the People program. In her gracious remarks, Judge Catherine Shaffer expressed, “Warmest wishes and sincere thanks for all the amazing work We the People does in advancing civic education for our high school students nationwide.” Read the rest of this entry »

Attend Our We the People Webinars with Gordon Lloyd

Sep 09, 2015 / We the People

Join Dr. Gordon Lloyd in a six-episode series of free webinars about the American Founding, the institutions of government, the Bill of Rights, and citizenship. Each episode will discuss a specific theme regarding the Constitution that parallels each of the six units of the We the People curriculum. Read the rest of this entry »

We the People by Judge Leonard Padilla

Sep 09, 2015 / E-news, We the People

“What procedural due process rights should be granted to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay?”

Usually, as a workers’ compensation judge, I’m not called upon to ponder such issues. My mind tends to be focused on impairment ratings, modifiers, and disability. Today, however, I’m sitting in a large lecture hall at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., thinking of follow-up questions to ask a panel of “experts” who just finished a rapid fire opening statement of their view on constitutional law—specifically the Bill of Rights. Read the rest of this entry »

New Jersey Students Address Problem of Park Safety

Sep 09, 2015 / Project Citizen, We the People

Joe Refinski’s Project Citizen students at the Rutgers-Newark Upward Bound Program were concerned about the safety of the parks in their community of East Orange, New Jersey. This summer, they presented their proposed solutions to a number of evaluators and public officials, including East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor III.

“It is remarkable to see the passion and enthusiasm the students of East Orange have for making our city the best it can be,” said Taylor. “These fresh ideas from our young people are aligned with the city’s Parks Master Plan. Improvements, such as the recently repaired fence at Soverel Park, are currently being implemented and will provide safe places for our community to enjoy the outdoors for generations to come.” Read the rest of this entry »

Updated We the People High School Textbook Enriches Study of the Constitution

Sep 09, 2015 / We the People

Just in time for the new school year, the Center has released an updated fourth edition of its flagship high school civics and government textbook, We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution.

“We’ve brought We the People up to date with the latest Supreme Court cases, including Shelby County v. Holder, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and this summer’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges,” said Robert S. Leming, national director of the We the People Programs. “We’ve also expanded our in-depth explanation of when and how government can limit freedom of expression.” Read the rest of this entry »

New Lessons Available for Constitution Day

Sep 09, 2015 / Constitution Day

New lessons for grades 4-5 and 9-12 are available for Constitution Day and Citizenship Week on the Center’s website. The upper elementary level lesson, “What Should the Representative Do?,” deals with the legislative process and how lawmakers can communicate with their constituents. The key element in the lesson is a simulated public hearing. Read the rest of this entry »