Alaska Middle Schoolers Shine With Project Citizen

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 »

New Research Study Confirms Impact of Professional Development in Civics

Jan 23, 2017 / James Madison Legacy Project, Message from the Center

“A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power

which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

James Madison, noted as the father of the U.S. Constitution, reminds us in the preceding quote of the importance of an educated citizenry.  Many institutions help to develop Americans’ knowledge and skills and shape their civic character and commitments.  The family, religious institutions, the media, and community groups are important influences to this end.  Our nation’s schools, however, bear a special and historic responsibility for the development of civic competence and civic responsibility. Read the rest of this entry »

2017: The Year Ahead

Jan 04, 2017 / E-news, Message from the Center

We here at the Center for Civic Education could not be more excited for 2017 and all it will bring. Most notably, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the We the People program; an extraordinary landmark that we could never have reached without the continued support of the civic education community. As the state-level We the People hearings take place over the next three months, students and coordinators should know they are participating in an extra-special year. Be on the lookout for more information about this anniversary in the months to come. Read the rest of this entry »

Congratulations, Constitution 101 Graduates!

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.

Civic Education: The U.S. Constitution Is the Core

Dec 06, 2016 / Message from the Center

By Charles N. Quigley

Over the past three years U.S. Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) have passed three successive resolutions expressing the sense of the U.S. Senate about the importance of effective civic education programs in schools in the United States and affirming the importance of constitutional literacy. You can read the resolutions listed below:

S. Res. 427 in the 113th Congress
S. Res. 150 and S. Res. 440 in the 114th Congress

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American Judges Foundation Awards Grant to We the People

Nov 28, 2016 / Announcements

The Center would like to acknowledge the generosity of the American Judges Foundation, which recently gave a grant of $3,500 to support the We the People program. On behalf of the American Judges Foundation, the Foundation’s President for 2016-17, Judge Catherine Shaffer, expressed the AJF’s ongoing warmest wishes and sincere thanks for all the wonderful work We the People does in advancing civic education for our high school students nationwide. Read the rest of this entry »

Justice Sotomayor Visits Colorado Students

Nov 07, 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 »

Milwaukee Project Citizen Class Tackles Tough Issues at Hmong American Peace Academy

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 »

Soup to Nuts Video Series Now Available on YouTube

Oct 26, 2016 / Foundations of Democracy, Message from the Center

Interested in injecting a little humor into the current political season? Watch Soup to Nuts, a filmstrip the Center released in 1977 to promote student inquiry and discussion of the need for authority, limited government, elections, and the role and responsibilities of the people and the people they elect to serve in their behalf. Although dated, we think it is pretty relevant. Read the rest of this entry »

Project Citizen Workshop to Be Held in Wisconsin

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 »