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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Welcome Back to School! Civics Resources for the New School Year

Aug 23, 2013 / E-news, Lesson Plans

A new school year has started and you are probably wondering where to get high-quality materials and resources for your civics classroom. The Center for Civic Education has the answer. Read the rest of this entry »

We the People Enhanced Ebook Now Available on Mobile Devices

Aug 23, 2013 / Level 3 Enhanced Ebook, We the People

The groundbreaking We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution enhanced ebook for high school students is now available on mobile devices. Subscribers can enjoy We the People on nearly any device, including Macs and PCs, Apple iPads and iPhones, Android tablets and smart phones, and Windows 8 touch-screen devices. Read the rest of this entry »

Civic Education for a Global World

Aug 20, 2013 / Reports

Frances Kidwell was a member of the American delegation to a conference in Tutzing, Germany, on the topic “Solving Ethno-National Conflicts in Europe: An Example to the Rest of the World?” The conference was cosponsored by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Tutzing Academy for Civic Education, and the Center for Civic Education. Read the rest of this entry »

Center Releases New We the People Ebook

Jul 31, 2013 / Announcements, E-news

The Center has just completed transforming the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution high school textbook into a highly interactive, cloud-based online resource that can be used as a self-directed or peer-to-peer tutorial, in blended learning classes, and as the basis for online courses.

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