New Federal Education Law Places Special Focus on Student Understanding of the U.S. Constitution

Jan 04, 2016 / Announcements

The new federal education law (P.L. 114-95), the Every Student Succeeds Act, places a special focus on “educating students about the history and principles of the Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights.” See below for an excerpt from Section 2231, Subpart 3 – American History and Civics Education. Click here to access the complete text of ESSA. Read the rest of this entry »

Moroccan Youth Showcase Project Citizen

Dec 21, 2015 / Civitas International Programs

Students in the English Access Microscholarship Program in Morocco presented public policy proposals at a Project Citizen showcase and graduation ceremony in Casablanca on November 21-23, 2015. The Moroccan Center for Civic Education, the Center for Civic Education’s Civitas International Programs partner in Morocco, organized the event.  The showcase culminated two years of collaboration among the students in learning the English language and developing public policy proposals to address issues in their communities. 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 »

Saluting Rosa Parks

Dec 21, 2015 / Message from the Center

With her gently defiant action on December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks served as an inspiration to all of America during the civil rights movement. She continued to inspire Americans young and old to live up to our constitutional ideals throughout her life. Read the rest of this entry »

James Madison Legacy Project in Full Swing

Dec 21, 2015 / James Madison Legacy Project

The professional development sessions for Cohort 1 teachers of the James Madison Legacy Project are off to a great start. The Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C, partnership held a combined two-day kick-off seminar in the new conference facilities at Mt. Vernon. Read the rest of this entry »

Civitas Colleagues Lead Project Citizen Workshop in Chile

Nov 24, 2015 / Civitas International Programs

Twenty-five middle school teachers and six school directors in Santiago, Chile participated in a Project Citizen professional development workshop organized by Center’s Civitas International Programs colleagues in Chile and funded through a new grant from the U.S. Embassy.  Dr. Diane Palmer led the four-session workshop in August 2015 for teachers and school directors from Peñalolén and Puente Alto, two communities of Santiago. Read the rest of this entry »

James Madison Legacy Project Holds Launch Meeting in Los Angeles

Nov 24, 2015 / E-news

A launch meeting for the James Madison Legacy Project was held on November 6-8 in Los Angeles. The project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, will bring high-quality professional development in civics and government to 2,025 teachers serving more than 202,500 high-need students nationwide. Read the rest of this entry »

An Insider’s View of Educational Reform, 1965-2015

Nov 24, 2015 / Message from the Center

The year 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the Center for Civic Education. Coincidentally, it is the 50th anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which is the major source of federal support for precollegiate education. 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 »

American Judges Foundation Gives Grant to We the People

Nov 10, 2015 / Announcements

The Center would like to acknowledge the generosity of the American Judges Foundation, which recently gave a grant of $2,500 to support the We the People program. In her gracious remarks, Judge Catherine Shaffer expressed, “Warmest wishes and sincere thanks for all the amazing work We the People does in advancing civic education for our high school students nationwide.” Read the rest of this entry »