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 »

We the People Elementary Text Available through NIMAC

Sep 03, 2015 / E-news

The Center’s elementary-level We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbook is now available through the National Instructional Materials Access Center. NIMAC is a federally funded organization that makes print instructional materials easily accessible to qualifying blind, visually-impaired, or print-disabled students in specialized formats, such as braille, audio, or digital text. Read the rest of this entry »

American Lawyers Alliance Announces Teacher of the Year Award

Sep 02, 2015 / E-news

Three law-related education teachers  received the American Lawyers Alliance Teacher of the Year Award: Robert Priest of Van Wert High School in Van Wert, Ohio, Jill Baisinger of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Robert Ames of Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Washington, D.C., who was the middle school winner. Read the rest of this entry »

American Civic Education Teacher Awards: 2015 Winners

Sep 02, 2015 / American Civic Education Teacher Awards

Teachers from California, Idaho, and Indiana are recipients of the 2015 American Civic Education Teacher Awards (ACETA), recognizing their exemplary work preparing young people to become informed and engaged citizens. The ACETA winners are Jill R. Baisinger of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, Jose Flores of Brawley Union High School in Brawley, California, and Holly Kartchner of Blackfoot High School in Blackfoot, Idaho. Read the rest of this entry »

Project Citizen National Showcase Results Are In!

Sep 01, 2015 / Project Citizen

Seventeen classes from around the country participated in the Project Citizen National Showcase, held July 31 at the Calabasas Library in Calabasas, California. The students tackled a wide range of public policy issues in their communities. Twelve portfolios were submitted in the traditional four-panel format. Five classes chose to submit their portfolios electronically. To view the rankings of the individual schools visit the Project Citizen website. Read the rest of this entry »

National Academy Empowers Civics Teachers

Aug 25, 2015 / Professional Development

“WONDERFUL. Seriously the best academic experience I have ever had. I feel so empowered as a teacher, a professional, and a theorist. I feel invigorated as I return to the school year.”

These are the words of a participant at the Center’s National Academy for Civics and Government, which was conducted at Occidental College July 11-August 1 under the scholarly direction of Professor Will Harris of the University of Pennsylvania. Read the rest of this entry »