2017: The Year Ahead

Jan 04, 2017 / E-news, Message from the Center

We here at the Center for Civic Education could not be more excited for 2017 and all it will bring. Most notably, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the We the People program; an extraordinary landmark that we could never have reached without the continued support of the civic education community. As the state-level We the People hearings take place over the next three months, students and coordinators should know they are participating in an extra-special year. Be on the lookout for more information about this anniversary in the months to come. 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 »

Take the Preamble Challenge This Constitution Day!

Sep 12, 2016 / E-news

Celebrate Constitution Day with the Center for Civic Education and the Civics Renewal Network! Sign up to take the Preamble Challenge, a nationwide celebration on September 16, and access the Civics Renewal Network’s free online Teacher Toolkit. Read the rest of this entry »

Matt Strannigan Receives Making Democracy Work Award in Wyoming Supreme Court Program

Sep 12, 2016 / E-news

Matt Strannigan, state director of the Wyoming We the People program, is the recipient of the 2016 Making Democracy Work award, given by the Wyoming League of Women Voters. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »