The 29th Annual We the People National Finals will be held at the University of Maryland on April 22-25, 2016. More than 1,200 high school students and teachers from throughout the nation will demonstrate their civic knowledge by competing in congressional hearings on the Constitution.
Enhance your teaching of We the People with free webinars by renowned scholar Gordon Lloyd. Students are also welcome! This six-episode series with Teaching American History addresses the American Founding, the institutions of government, the Bill of Rights, and citizenship. The episodes parallel the six units of the We the People curriculum. Register now.
Teach Constitution Day this year with lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high schools. New lessons for grades 4-5 and 9-12 are available on the Center’s website. This innovative lesson explores the lives of the Framers through a series of one-minute podcasts.
In this article in the Washington Times, Center Executive Director Charles N. Quigley writes, “In order for us to preserve our system of ordered liberty, American society must rely on the knowledge, skills, and virtue of its citizens and those we elect to public office. That is what prompted Thomas Jefferson to proclaim, ‘If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.’”