Justice Sotomayor Influences Local Students

Sep 22, 2016 / E-news

By Ryan Adams, Aurora West College Preparatory, Colorado James Madison Legacy Project Participant

On Friday, September 2, fifteen students from Aurora West College Preparatory Academy had a rare opportunity to interact with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as a part of the John Paul Stevens lecture series at the University of Colorado Law School. Before Justice Sotomayor gave a public speech, she interacted with about two hundred high school students for over an hour. 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 »

Take the Preamble Challenge This Constitution Day!

Sep 12, 2016 / E-news

Celebrate Constitution Day with the Center for Civic Education and the Civics Renewal Network! Sign up to take the Preamble Challenge, a nationwide celebration on September 16, and access the Civics Renewal Network’s free online Teacher Toolkit. Read the rest of this entry »

Matt Strannigan Receives Making Democracy Work Award in Wyoming Supreme Court Program

Sep 12, 2016 / E-news

Matt Strannigan, state director of the Wyoming We the People program, is the recipient of the 2016 Making Democracy Work award, given by the Wyoming League of Women Voters. Read the rest of this entry »

Funding Professional Development in Civic Education: Timely Advice

Aug 22, 2016 / Message from the Center

By Charles N. Quigley

When it comes to finding the necessary funds to provide high-quality professional development to American educators, we should take the long view and see the greater societal benefit of such an investment. We should be careful not to be trapped into regressive budgeting plans that play into the old warning against being “penny wise and pound foolish.” Read the rest of this entry »

James Madison Legacy Project Supports Civic Education for High-Need Students: 2016 Summer Institutes Across the Country Mark Continued Success

Jul 25, 2016 / James Madison Legacy Project

The James Madison Legacy Project is a three-year nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education to increase the number of highly effective teachers of high-need students through professional development. The project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Supporting Effective Educator Development program. Read the rest of this entry »

Lee Hamilton on Congress, Presidents, and American Politics

Mar 25, 2016 / Announcements

When Lee H. Hamilton joined Congress in 1965 as a U.S. Representative from southern Indiana, he began writing commentaries for his constituents describing his experiences, impressions, and developing views of what was right and wrong in American politics. He continued to write regularly throughout his 34 years in office and up to the present. Read the rest of this entry »

Diana Owen Receives Daniel Roselle Award

Mar 21, 2016 / James Madison Legacy Project

Diana Owen received the Daniel Roselle Lecture Award at the Middle States Council for the Social Studies conference on February 26. Owen is an associate professor of political science at Georgetown University. She is the evaluator for the James Madison Legacy Project, a three-year nationwide civic education initiative of the Center for Civic Education funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Supporting Effective Educator Development program. Read Diana Owen’s keynote address. Read the rest of this entry »

ConSource Offers We the People Primary Sources Correlation and U.S. Constitution for Kids

Jan 25, 2016 / E-news

Looking for a quick and easy way to read the primary sources mentioned in the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbook? ConSource has created correlations linking lessons of the We the People text with primary sources available at ConSource.org. Read the rest of this entry »

Chilean Students Develop Policy Solutions

Jan 20, 2016 / Civitas International Programs

More than 500 seventh grade students in Santiago, Chile, developed policy-based solutions to local issues in a Project Citizen program with support from the U.S. Embassy.  The students, from the communities of Peñalolén and Puente Alto, presented their policy proposals to educators, local and national authorities, and embassy officials at a Project Citizen showcase in December 2015. The showcase culminated months of work with their classmates to (1) identify public policy problems in their community, (2) gather and evaluate information about the problems, (3) examine and evaluate alternative solutions, (4) select and develop public policy proposals to address the problems, and (5) develop action plans to bring their proposed solutions to authorities with the power to implement them. Read the rest of this entry »