Congratulations, Constitution 101 Graduates!

Dec 14, 2016 / We the People

Recently, Indianapolis residents had the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in lessons about our political system, its philosophical roots, and the ideals embodied in our Constitution. The workshop was made possible by the support of Robert Leming, the National Director of the We the People Program.

Workshop participants were asked critical questions about the present-day challenges facing the Constitution, as well as questions about how the document shaped American institutions and practices. Overall, the workshop proved to be a great opportunity for community members to analyze the relationship between the Constitution and the creation and basic framework of our political system.

On the last day of the workshop, eighth grade students from the We the People program were able to demonstrate a simulated congressional hearing. All participants took home an American Legacy Constitution Booklet, and a We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution textbook. With these tools in hand, they will be able to continue to think critically about what it means to be an active citizen.

All content for the workshop was based on the We the People curriculum, a nationally acclaimed course of study that focuses on the history and principles of the Constitution.

Special thanks to Winning Experiences for co-sponsoring the event. The workshop was held on each Tuesday, from October 25- November 29, 2016, at the Francis W. Parker Montessori School in Indianapolis, IN.

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 »

Project Citizen Workshop to Be Held in Wisconsin

Oct 25, 2016 / Project Citizen

Thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, a Project Citizen teachers’ workshop will be held on November 12 in Madison. Read the rest of this entry »

Georgetown’s Pulse of the Populace Lets Students Vote on Election Issues

Oct 25, 2016 / James Madison Legacy Project, We the People

Pulse of the Populace from Georgetown University is an online polling platform for students to weigh in on current issues ranging from Obamacare to Syrian refugees and see their representatives’ stances on these issues. Read the rest of this entry »

Almost a Decade of Project Citizen in New Holstein

Sep 15, 2016 / Project Citizen

By Heather Tomchek

In 2007, I took a class about Project Citizen in Denver, Colorado. There, I was introduced to what the project was and how to teach it. It was here that I conducted my first project—“BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag.” The project was on the effects of plastic bags in our environment. Through this experience, I was probably one of the first people in Appleton, Wisconsin, to use reusable bags for groceries. Grocery store clerks thought I was crazy. This was just the beginning of my ventures with Project Citizen. Read the rest of this entry »

Wisconsin Project Citizen Workshop to Be Held in February

Dec 21, 2015 / Project Citizen

The Wisconsin Humanities Council has approved funding to conduct a daylong Project Citizen workshop on Saturday, February 13, in Madison at the American Family Insurance Training Facility. There is no charge to participating teachers. Read the rest of this entry »

Wyoming Teachers Attend Heart Mountain Professional Development Seminar

Nov 23, 2015 / Project Citizen, We the People

Wyoming teachers recently attended a two-day professional development seminar focused on the historical and constitutional issues surrounding the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Wyoming History Day, We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, and We the People: Project Citizen conducted seminar for teachers October 16–18, 2015, at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »