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 »

Welcome Back to School! Civics Resources for the New School Year

Aug 23, 2013 / E-news, Lesson Plans

A new school year has started and you are probably wondering where to get high-quality materials and resources for your civics classroom. The Center for Civic Education has the answer. Read the rest of this entry »

A Lesson Plan for the Fiftieth Anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

Aug 23, 2013 / Lesson Plans, Level 3 Enhanced Ebook, We the People

Fifty years ago this Wednesday, on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr.  delivered his now-famous “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. During the march, about 250,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to demand equality in an era of segregation and brutal police suppression of peaceful civil rights demonstrations. The march is credited with bringing pressure on Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Read the rest of this entry »

Presidents’ Day Lessons to Inspire Your Students

Feb 12, 2013 / Lesson Plans, Presidents' Day, We the People

The Center for Civic Education is proud to offer Presidents’ Day lessons for grades 4-12 at These free, ready-to-use lessons will engage your students in learning about these important presidents and how they shaped the history and Constitution of our nation. Each lesson was written and reviewed by scholars and contains questions to test student knowledge. Read the rest of this entry »