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 »

Students Showcase Projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina

May 26, 2015 / Civitas International Programs

Three hundred elementary and high school students in Bosnia and Herzegovina presented Project Citizen public policy portfolios at the 2015 national showcase in Sarajevo organized by Civitas Bosnia and Herzegovina (Civitas BiH). The students represented schools from throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina who participated in Project Citizen in 2015. Ambassador Maureen Cormack, U.S. ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ms. Daria Duilovic of the Ministry of Civil Affairs opened the event in a ceremony in the main hall of Parliament. 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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Grant High School Places First in We the People National Finals

May 04, 2015 / E-news

Grant High School of Portland, Oregon, placed first at the 28th Annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals, held April 24-27 at George Mason University and on Capitol Hill. Fifty-six classes from 43 states and the District of Columbia competed for the coveted national title.

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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 »

ACETA Teachers Visit Nation’s Capital

Aug 04, 2014 / E-news

The 2013 American Civic Education Teacher Awards winners, Doug Oswald (left) and Dave Alcox (right), visited Washington, D.C., for two days recently where they met with their members of Congress and the House historian. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Take 5 Minutes to Support Civic Education

Jul 11, 2014 / Announcements

Please cast your vote for federal support for civic education now. We need your support. It can take as little as five minutes! Here is the situation. 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 »