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 »

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 »

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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Teach the Fundamentals of American Democracy This Constitution Day

Jul 31, 2013 / Constitution Day

Are you prepared for Constitution Day? The Center offers a broad array of free, downloadable lessons on the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and citizenship on our Constitution Day homepage. Read the rest of this entry »

Washington Post Applauds the Center’s Work

Jul 31, 2013 / Announcements, E-news

An editorial in the Washington Post named the Center for Civic Education as one of the most prominent organizations in fighting civic illiteracy. The article decries the fact that only 2 percent of high school seniors knew what Brown v. Board of Education was about. “Civic apathy is nothing new, but the reports are increasingly dire. Clearly, young people are not getting enough education in American history or civics. Half the states lack any statutory civics assessments. As states move forward with curriculum and testing reforms, civics should be a priority.” The Post notes that “The Center for Civic Education has developed a fairly comprehensive curriculum, including activities such as congressional simulations.”