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.”

Great Student Performances at the We the People National Finals Make for a Memorable Event

Jul 31, 2013 / E-news

The 26th Annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals was held April 26–29, 2013, on the campus of George Mason University and in hearing rooms on Capitol Hill. A full roster of 56 classes from 45 states and the District of Columbia attended the event. Read the rest of this entry »

Inaugural We the People National Invitational Generates Enthusiastic Response

Jul 31, 2013 / E-news

The inaugural We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Invitational met with great success. Held May 3–6, 2013, on the campus of George Mason University, the event welcomed middle school and high school classes from different regions around the country. Brown County Junior High School from Nashville, Indiana, placed first. Inza R. Wood Middle School from Wilsonville, Oregon, took second place and Miami Lakes Middle School of Miami Lakes, Florida, placed third. Read the rest of this entry »

Students Address Public Policy Issues for National Project Citizen Showcase

Jul 31, 2013 / 2013 National Showcase, Project Citizen

Project Citizen students continue to excel in their ability to address public issues in their communities. The 2013 Project Citizen National Showcase, which took place in Los Angeles on July 18-19, displayed the ability of students to solve their own local problems through richly informed civic engagement. Read the rest of this entry »