May 06, 2017 / We the People
This story from Utah Public Radio profiles Sky View High School’s We the People team. Teacher Michael Rigby said, “It is paramount that these kids understand democratic processes. Regardless of what they do they’ll be active members in the community. They’ve done some longitudinal studies, the statistics show that well over 90 percent of these students become active voters, and they become politically and civically engaged.” Listen to and read the story: http://upr.org/post/hard-work-great-equalizer-sky-views-we-people-competing-dc
Mar 09, 2017 / We the People
Katie Boland and her students strike a pose at the 2015 We the People National Finals
Though we here at the Center for Civic Education know how incredible all We the People teachers are, one high school teacher from Trumbull, Connecticut is receiving nationwide recognition for her exceptional performance and “life-changing” attitude. Read the rest of this entry »
Mar 08, 2017 / Project Citizen
In Eagle River, Alaska, three middle schoolers are striving to make a difference in their community, and Project Citizen is here to help. In Project Citizen, a Center for Civic Education program, students identify a public policy problem in their community. They then research the problem, evaluate alternative solutions, develop their own solution in the form of a public policy, and create an action plan to enlist local or state authorities to adopt their proposed policy. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »