Lee Hamilton on Congress, Presidents, and American Politics

Mar 25, 2016 / Announcements

When Lee H. Hamilton joined Congress in 1965 as a U.S. Representative from southern Indiana, he began writing commentaries for his constituents describing his experiences, impressions, and developing views of what was right and wrong in American politics. He continued to write regularly throughout his 34 years in office and up to the present. Read the rest of this entry »

Diana Owen Receives Daniel Roselle Award

Mar 21, 2016 / James Madison Legacy Project

Diana Owen received the Daniel Roselle Lecture Award at the Middle States Council for the Social Studies conference on February 26. Owen is an associate professor of political science at Georgetown University. She is the evaluator for the James Madison Legacy Project, a three-year nationwide civic education initiative of the Center for Civic Education funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Supporting Effective Educator Development program. Read Diana Owen’s keynote address. Read the rest of this entry »

ConSource Offers We the People Primary Sources Correlation and U.S. Constitution for Kids

Jan 25, 2016 / E-news

Looking for a quick and easy way to read the primary sources mentioned in the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbook? ConSource has created correlations linking lessons of the We the People text with primary sources available at ConSource.org. Read the rest of this entry »

Chilean Students Develop Policy Solutions

Jan 20, 2016 / Civitas International Programs

More than 500 seventh grade students in Santiago, Chile, developed policy-based solutions to local issues in a Project Citizen program with support from the U.S. Embassy.  The students, from the communities of Peñalolén and Puente Alto, presented their policy proposals to educators, local and national authorities, and embassy officials at a Project Citizen showcase in December 2015. The showcase culminated months of work with their classmates to (1) identify public policy problems in their community, (2) gather and evaluate information about the problems, (3) examine and evaluate alternative solutions, (4) select and develop public policy proposals to address the problems, and (5) develop action plans to bring their proposed solutions to authorities with the power to implement them. Read the rest of this entry »

New Federal Education Law Places Special Focus on Student Understanding of the U.S. Constitution

Jan 04, 2016 / Announcements

The new federal education law (P.L. 114-95), the Every Student Succeeds Act, places a special focus on “educating students about the history and principles of the Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights.” See below for an excerpt from Section 2231, Subpart 3 – American History and Civics Education. Click here to access the complete text of ESSA. Read the rest of this entry »

Moroccan Youth Showcase Project Citizen

Dec 21, 2015 / Civitas International Programs

Students in the English Access Microscholarship Program in Morocco presented public policy proposals at a Project Citizen showcase and graduation ceremony in Casablanca on November 21-23, 2015. The Moroccan Center for Civic Education, the Center for Civic Education’s Civitas International Programs partner in Morocco, organized the event.  The showcase culminated two years of collaboration among the students in learning the English language and developing public policy proposals to address issues in their communities. Read the rest of this entry »

Wisconsin Project Citizen Workshop to Be Held in February

Dec 21, 2015 / Project Citizen

The Wisconsin Humanities Council has approved funding to conduct a daylong Project Citizen workshop on Saturday, February 13, in Madison at the American Family Insurance Training Facility. There is no charge to participating teachers. Read the rest of this entry »

Saluting Rosa Parks

Dec 21, 2015 / Message from the Center

With her gently defiant action on December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks served as an inspiration to all of America during the civil rights movement. She continued to inspire Americans young and old to live up to our constitutional ideals throughout her life. Read the rest of this entry »

James Madison Legacy Project in Full Swing

Dec 21, 2015 / James Madison Legacy Project

The professional development sessions for Cohort 1 teachers of the James Madison Legacy Project are off to a great start. The Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C, partnership held a combined two-day kick-off seminar in the new conference facilities at Mt. Vernon. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »