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 Teacher Education 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 »

We the People Saved My Life

Jun 30, 2015 / We the People

By Ryan Crosby, Student at Mojave High School

“I thank We the People Program for saving my life and finding friendships,” said Ryan Crosby, a student on the Mojave High School We the People team. Read the rest of this entry »

Latest Research Shows Benefits of the We the People Program

Jun 12, 2015 / Reports, Research, We the People

The Center is pleased to announce that a research team led by Professor Diana Owen of Georgetown University has just released the first of four reports on the results of an intensive quasi-experimental design study of the effects of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution professional development and curricular programs on classroom instruction and student outcomes. The study took place in schools in Indiana during the 2014–15 academic year. Read the rest of this entry »

Students Showcase Projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina

May 26, 2015 / Civitas International Programs

Three hundred elementary and high school students in Bosnia and Herzegovina presented Project Citizen public policy portfolios at the 2015 national showcase in Sarajevo organized by Civitas Bosnia and Herzegovina (Civitas BiH). The students represented schools from throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina who participated in Project Citizen in 2015. Ambassador Maureen Cormack, U.S. ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ms. Daria Duilovic of the Ministry of Civil Affairs opened the event in a ceremony in the main hall of Parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

Third Annual We the People National Invitational Held at George Mason University

May 04, 2015 / 2015 National Invitational

Young constitutional scholars from seven middle schools and one high school participated in the Third Annual We the People National Invitational, held April 17-21 at George Mason University in Virginia. After three intense and inspiring days of competition, Rachel Carson Middle School of Herndon, Virginia, placed first in the middle school competition, Brown County Junior High School of Nashville, Indiana, finished second, and Inza R. Wood Middle School of Wilsonville, Oregon, was third. Unit 1 from Wauwatosa East High School of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, won the High School Unit Award.

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Grant High School Places First in We the People National Finals

May 04, 2015 / E-news

Grant High School of Portland, Oregon, placed first at the 28th Annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals, held April 24-27 at George Mason University and on Capitol Hill. Fifty-six classes from 43 states and the District of Columbia competed for the coveted national title.

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Congressional Support for Civic Education

Jan 16, 2015 / Message from the Center

For the past two years, the U.S. Department of Education has conducted a professional development grant program titled Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED). The Center is pleased to announce that the omnibus bill that was recently passed into law  continues funding for SEED with a specific line reference to “civic education instruction,” thanks to Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), the majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. We hope to compete for these funds once again, which will enable us to provide quality professional development for civics teachers throughout America.
Last spring, the Center was pleased to work with the offices of Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland and Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa to pass S. Res. 427, a strong statement by the United States Senate recognizing the importance of civic education in schools in the United States. We encourage all advocates for a balanced curriculum in the schools to use this declarative statement to promote civics and government in your community: https://www.congress.gov/113/bills/sres427/BILLS-113sres427ats.pdf

For the past two years, the U.S. Department of Education has conducted a professional development grant program titled Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED). The Center is pleased to announce that the omnibus bill that was recently passed into law  continues funding for SEED with a specific line reference to “civic education instruction,” thanks to Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), the majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. We hope to compete for these funds once again, which will enable us to provide quality professional development for civics teachers throughout America. Read the rest of this entry »