Civic Education: The U.S. Constitution is the Core

Dec 06, 2016 / Message from the Center

By Charles N. Quigley

Over the past three years U.S. Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) have passed three successive resolutions expressing the sense of the U.S. Senate about the importance of effective civic education programs in schools in the United States and affirming the importance of constitutional literacy. You can read the resolutions listed below:

S. Res. 427 in the 113th Congress
S. Res. 150 and S. Res. 440 in the 114th Congress

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American Judges Foundation Awards Grant to We the People

Nov 28, 2016 / Announcements

The Center would like to acknowledge the generosity of the American Judges Foundation, which recently gave a grant of $3,500 to support the We the People program. On behalf of the American Judges Foundation, the Foundation’s President for 2016-17, Judge Catherine Shaffer, expressed the AJF’s ongoing warmest wishes and sincere thanks for all the wonderful work We the People does in advancing civic education for our high school students nationwide. Read the rest of this entry »

Justice Sotomayor Visits Colorado Students

Nov 07, 2016 / E-news

By Ryan Adams, Aurora West College Preparatory, Colorado James Madison Legacy Project Participant

On Friday, September 2, fifteen students from Aurora West College Preparatory Academy had a rare opportunity to interact with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as a part of the John Paul Stevens lecture series at the University of Colorado Law School. Before Justice Sotomayor gave a public speech, she interacted with about two hundred high school students for over an hour. Read the rest of this entry »

Milwaukee Project Citizen Class Tackles Tough Issues at Hmong American Peace Academy

Nov 07, 2016 / E-news, Project Citizen

In only his second year of teaching Project Citizen, Michael Hanley at the Hmong American Peace Academy in Milwaukee showed that he is an excellent teacher. In an eloquent video and article from the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, Hanley explains that he believes “each child, no matter where they are from or what ethnicity they are, should have access to a high quality education.” Read the rest of this entry »

Soup to Nuts Video Series Now Available on YouTube

Oct 26, 2016 / Foundations of Democracy, Message from the Center

Interested in injecting a little humor into the current political season? Watch Soup to Nuts, a filmstrip the Center released in 1977 to promote student inquiry and discussion of the need for authority, limited government, elections, and the role and responsibilities of the people and the people they elect to serve in their behalf. Although dated, we think it is pretty relevant. Read the rest of this entry »

Project Citizen Workshop to Be Held in Wisconsin

Oct 25, 2016 / Project Citizen

Thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, a Project Citizen teachers’ workshop will be held on November 12 in Madison. Read the rest of this entry »

Georgetown’s Pulse of the Populace Lets Students Vote on Election Issues

Oct 25, 2016 / James Madison Legacy Project, We the People

Pulse of the Populace from Georgetown University is an online polling platform for students to weigh in on current issues ranging from Obamacare to Syrian refugees and see their representatives’ stances on these issues. Read the rest of this entry »

Registration Open for 3rd International Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship

Oct 25, 2016 / Civitas International Programs

The Moroccan Center for Civic Education will be hosting its third International Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship on December 7-11, 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

James Madison Legacy Project: A Program of National Significance

Oct 25, 2016 / James Madison Legacy Project

The James Madison Legacy Project is a three-year nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The project aims to increase the number of highly effective teachers of high-need students through the professional development of 2,025 teachers. Now entering its second year, the James Madison Legacy Project is being successfully implemented throughout the United States by a dedicated cadre of site coordinators who are experienced leaders in their educational communities. Read the rest of this entry »

Almost a Decade of Project Citizen in New Holstein

Sep 15, 2016 / Project Citizen

By Heather Tomchek

In 2007, I took a class about Project Citizen in Denver, Colorado. There, I was introduced to what the project was and how to teach it. It was here that I conducted my first project—“BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag.” The project was on the effects of plastic bags in our environment. Through this experience, I was probably one of the first people in Appleton, Wisconsin, to use reusable bags for groceries. Grocery store clerks thought I was crazy. This was just the beginning of my ventures with Project Citizen. Read the rest of this entry »