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 »

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 »

American Judges Foundation Gives Grant to We the People

Nov 10, 2015 / Announcements

The Center would like to acknowledge the generosity of the American Judges Foundation, which recently gave a grant of $2,500 to support the We the People program. In her gracious remarks, Judge Catherine Shaffer expressed, “Warmest wishes and sincere thanks for all the amazing work We the People does in advancing civic education for our high school students nationwide.” Read the rest of this entry »

Take 5 Minutes to Support Civic Education

Jul 11, 2014 / Announcements

Please cast your vote for federal support for civic education now. We need your support. It can take as little as five minutes! Here is the situation. Read the rest of this entry »

The Year Ahead

Jan 15, 2014 / 2014 National Finals, 60-Second Civics, American Civic Education Teacher Awards, Announcements, Citizens, Not Spectators, Civitas International Programs, Constitution Day, Lesson Plans, We the People

It should be an exciting year for the Center and for civic education in the United States as more Americans awaken to the realization that our nation’s future depends on the informed participation of citizens in local, state, and national government. This year will include two We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution national competitions, a new We the People middle school ebook, a Project Citizen National Showcase, Constitution Day, and the November elections. Read the rest of this entry »

Win a Classroom Set of We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution Textbooks or Enhanced Ebooks

Nov 13, 2013 / Announcements, Level 3 Enhanced Ebook, We the People

The Center for Civic Education and Share My Lesson have partnered to offer our teachers the opportunity to win a free classroom set of We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbooks or the new enhanced ebook. Enter by visiting www.ShareMyLesson.com/cce and signing up for Share My Lesson.

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Join Us at NCSS!

Nov 13, 2013 / Announcements, E-news, Level 3 Enhanced Ebook, National Council for the Social Studies

The Center will be attending the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference in St. Louis this month. The meeting, held November 22-24 at the Cervantes Convention Center at America’s Center, will be dedicated to the topic of Social Studies: Gateway to the Core of Learning. The Center will be exhibiting at booth 202. Read the rest of this entry »

We the People Teachers Honored by the American Lawyer’s Alliance

Aug 20, 2013 / Announcements, We the People

Longtime We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution teacher Aaron Hull was honored recently with the American Lawyer’s Alliance High School Teacher of the Year award. Hull teaches We the People at Connecticut’s Greenwich High School. Hull is also an adjunct faculty member of the University of Connecticut. Read the rest of this entry »

Center Releases New We the People Ebook

Jul 31, 2013 / Announcements, E-news

The Center has just completed transforming the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution high school textbook into a highly interactive, cloud-based online resource that can be used as a self-directed or peer-to-peer tutorial, in blended learning classes, and as the basis for online courses.

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Washington Post Applauds the Center’s Work

Jul 31, 2013 / Announcements, E-news

An editorial in the Washington Post named the Center for Civic Education as one of the most prominent organizations in fighting civic illiteracy. The article decries the fact that only 2 percent of high school seniors knew what Brown v. Board of Education was about. “Civic apathy is nothing new, but the reports are increasingly dire. Clearly, young people are not getting enough education in American history or civics. Half the states lack any statutory civics assessments. As states move forward with curriculum and testing reforms, civics should be a priority.” The Post notes that “The Center for Civic Education has developed a fairly comprehensive curriculum, including activities such as congressional simulations.”