We the People Scholars Shine at Second Annual National Invitational

Apr 11, 2014 / We the People

Young constitutional scholars from nine middle and high schools participated in the Second Annual We the People National Invitational, held April 4-8 at George Mason University in Virginia. After three riveting days of competition, Brown County Junior High School of Nashville, Indiana, and Floyd Central High School of Floyd’s Knobs, Indiana, each placed first in their respective divisions.

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Oregon Champs Host Washington Champs in Portland

Mar 24, 2014 / 2014 National Finals

Oregon Champs Host Washington Champs in Portland
Students from Tahoma High School of Covington, Washington, and Lincoln High School, of Portland, Oregon, met in Portland recently in advance of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals.
After a month of planning between Tahoma teacher Gretchen Wulfing and Lincoln teacher Tim Swinehart, the Washington state champion We the People team from Tahoma High School spent the day in Portland, hosted by the Lincoln High School We the People team, the Oregon state champions.
The theme of the day was Fun, Friendship, and Learning. Activities together ranged from coach lectures, getting competition insight from past national judges based in Oregon, paired unit meetings to discuss follow-up questions, and some sightseeing of downtown Portland.

Students from Tahoma High School of Covington, Washington, and Lincoln High School, of Portland, Oregon, met in Portland recently in advance of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals. Read the rest of this entry »

Morocco Hosts International Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship

Mar 24, 2014 / Civitas International Programs

Approximately 150 educational leaders participated in the International Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship in Marrakech, Morocco, from February 26 to March 1, 2014, hosted by the Moroccan Center for Civic Education (MCCE), the Center for Civic Education’s Civitas International Programs partner in Morocco. The event was cosponsored by the Center and an array of international institutions from Europe and Canada. Read the rest of this entry »

Ghanaian Students Present Policy Proposals

Mar 24, 2014 / Civitas International Programs

Student teams from nine regions of Ghana presented their policy proposals at the annual National Project Citizen Showcase on February 10–11, 2014. The showcase was organized by the National Commission for Civic Education, the Center for Civic Education’s Civitas International Programs partner in Ghana. Read the rest of this entry »

Venezuelan Students Win International Moot Court Competition

Feb 18, 2014 / Civitas International Programs

Students from Venezuela won the International Moot Court Competition at The Hague, Netherlands, on January 21-24, 2014. The team of secondary school students from U.E. Academia Washington of Caracas won the final round of the competition, held at the Peace Palace of The Hague and presided over by judges from the International Criminal Court and International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The Center’s Civitas International Programs partner Civitas Venezuela conducts the moot court program in Venezuela. The Justice Resource Center of New York City, also a Civitas International Programs partner, organized the international competition. Read the rest of this entry »

Peruvian Students Find Public Policy Solutions for Their Communities

Feb 18, 2014 / Civitas International Programs, Project Citizen

The Center for Civic Education’s Civitas International Programs partner in Peru, Instituto Peruano de Educación en Derechos Humanos y la Paz, is working with the Peruvian Human Rights Education National Net to support young people in ten regions of Peru to participate in the Project Citizen civic education program. Read the rest of this entry »

Burmese Youth Develop Public Policies

Feb 18, 2014 / Civitas International Programs, Project Citizen

Youth in Mandalay and Rangoon, Burma, presented policy projects at Project Citizen showcase events organized with the support of King Prajadhipok’s Institute, the Center for Civic Education’s Civitas International Programs partner in Thailand. The events culminated months of work by student groups, facilitated by their teachers, to research community issues and develop policy proposals to address those issues. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate Digital Learning Day on February 5

Jan 30, 2014 / 60-Second Civics

Digital learning is an important part of our educational progress. The Alliance for Excellent Education sponsors Digital Learning Day each year as a way to bring national attention to this important educational strategy and to provide the educational community with support. Visit the Digital Learning Day homepage to take advantage of the many ideas, lesson plans, and more that is available on the website, including a free webcast. Learn what teachers and classes across the country are doing on February 5 and throughout the academic year.

The Center for Civic Education is proud to continue its efforts to promote digital learning. Here are some ideas for both teachers and the students: Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Foundation Advances Democracy Education in Taiwan

Jan 10, 2014 / Civitas International Programs

The Civic and Law-Related Education (CLRE) Foundation in Taiwan is a nonprofit organization that began its programming in 2003 and has experienced significant success over the past decade. Spurred by the interest of Taiwanese attorneys to help the country invest in high quality civic education for democracy and with the support of Taiwan’s Rotary Clubs, the Foundation has developed and disseminated curricula marked by “active learning” and high levels of civic engagement. These curricula include adaptations of the Foundations of Democracy and Project Citizen materials of the California-based Center for Civic Education. The CLRE Foundation has also sponsored numerous teacher training workshops in order to help teachers implement the curricula. In just ten years the Foundation’s programs have expanded to schools and libraries throughout Taiwan with many noteworthy accomplishments. Read the rest of this entry »