New Research Study Confirms Impact of Professional Development in Civics

Jan 23, 2017 / James Madison Legacy Project, Message from the Center

“A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power

which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

James Madison, noted as the father of the U.S. Constitution, reminds us in the preceding quote of the importance of an educated citizenry.  Many institutions help to develop Americans’ knowledge and skills and shape their civic character and commitments.  The family, religious institutions, the media, and community groups are important influences to this end.  Our nation’s schools, however, bear a special and historic responsibility for the development of civic competence and civic responsibility. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Civic Education: The U.S. Constitution Is the Core

Dec 06, 2016 / Message from the Center

By Charles N. Quigley

Over the past three years U.S. Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) have passed three successive resolutions expressing the sense of the U.S. Senate about the importance of effective civic education programs in schools in the United States and affirming the importance of constitutional literacy. You can read the resolutions listed below:

S. Res. 427 in the 113th Congress
S. Res. 150 and S. Res. 440 in the 114th Congress

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Soup to Nuts Video Series Now Available on YouTube

Oct 26, 2016 / Foundations of Democracy, Message from the Center

Interested in injecting a little humor into the current political season? Watch Soup to Nuts, a filmstrip the Center released in 1977 to promote student inquiry and discussion of the need for authority, limited government, elections, and the role and responsibilities of the people and the people they elect to serve in their behalf. Although dated, we think it is pretty relevant. Read the rest of this entry »

Funding Professional Development in Civic Education: Timely Advice

Aug 22, 2016 / Message from the Center

By Charles N. Quigley

When it comes to finding the necessary funds to provide high-quality professional development to American educators, we should take the long view and see the greater societal benefit of such an investment. We should be careful not to be trapped into regressive budgeting plans that play into the old warning against being “penny wise and pound foolish.” Read the rest of this entry »

Saluting Rosa Parks

Dec 21, 2015 / Message from the Center

With her gently defiant action on December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks served as an inspiration to all of America during the civil rights movement. She continued to inspire Americans young and old to live up to our constitutional ideals throughout her life. Read the rest of this entry »

An Insider’s View of Educational Reform, 1965-2015

Nov 24, 2015 / Message from the Center

The year 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the Center for Civic Education. Coincidentally, it is the 50th anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which is the major source of federal support for precollegiate education. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Tell Your Story: Submit Your We the People and Project Citizen Videos

Feb 14, 2012 / Message from the Center, Project Citizen, Volume 4, Issue 1, We the People

All of us who have been involved with the We the People Programs know that civic education empowers students and changes lives.
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Apply for the White House Summer Correspondence Associates Program

Feb 10, 2012 / Message from the Center, Volume 4, Issue 1

The Office of Presidential Correspondence is accepting applications for the Summer Correspondence Associates Program. Correspondence Associates help staffers support President Obama’s effort to maintain a dialogue with the American people. Applications are due April 1.
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