Attend Our We the People Webinars with Gordon Lloyd

Sep 09, 2015 / We the People

Join Dr. Gordon Lloyd in a six-episode series of free webinars about the American Founding, the institutions of government, the Bill of Rights, and citizenship. Each episode will discuss a specific theme regarding the Constitution that parallels each of the six units of the We the People curriculum. 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 »

New Jersey Students Address Problem of Park Safety

Sep 09, 2015 / Project Citizen, We the People

Joe Refinski’s Project Citizen students at the Rutgers-Newark Upward Bound Program were concerned about the safety of the parks in their community of East Orange, New Jersey. This summer, they presented their proposed solutions to a number of evaluators and public officials, including East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor III.

“It is remarkable to see the passion and enthusiasm the students of East Orange have for making our city the best it can be,” said Taylor. “These fresh ideas from our young people are aligned with the city’s Parks Master Plan. Improvements, such as the recently repaired fence at Soverel Park, are currently being implemented and will provide safe places for our community to enjoy the outdoors for generations to come.” Read the rest of this entry »

Updated We the People High School Textbook Enriches Study of the Constitution

Sep 09, 2015 / We the People

Just in time for the new school year, the Center has released an updated fourth edition of its flagship high school civics and government textbook, We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution.

“We’ve brought We the People up to date with the latest Supreme Court cases, including Shelby County v. Holder, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and this summer’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges,” said Robert S. Leming, national director of the We the People Programs. “We’ve also expanded our in-depth explanation of when and how government can limit freedom of expression.” 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 »

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 »

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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North African Youth Engage in Policy Dialogue

Jul 23, 2014 / Civitas International Programs, Project Citizen

Youth and civil society leaders from Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya met in Hammamet, Tunisia, on June 5–7, 2014 to engage in public policy dialogue. Read the rest of this entry »

Philippines Holds National Project Citizen Showcase

Jun 11, 2014 / Civitas International Programs, Project Citizen

Seven teams of high school students presented policy-based solutions to local problems at the 2014 Philippines National Project Citizen Showcase. The Philippine Center for Civic Education and Democracy (PCCED), the Center’s Civitas International Programs partner in the Philippines, organized the showcase on April 5. Read the rest of this entry »