Sen. Res. 440 honors the dedication of all civic educators and calls for the support of programs that “educate students about the history and principles of Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights.” Sen. Res. 440 was introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), and Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi). All four senators are outstanding supporters of civics in the schools and professional development for teachers.
Oregon's Lincoln High School, led by teacher George Ten Eyck, placed first the 29th annual We the People National Finals. Second place went to Denver East High School, followed by Oregon's Grant High School, a wild card team, in third. More than 1,200 high school students and teachers competed in simulated congressional hearings on the Constitution this weekend. Find the results on Facebook and join the discussion using hashtag #WTPFinals.
ConSource has created correlations linking lessons of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution text with primary sources available at ConSource.org. The lists for Level 3 (high school) and Level 2 (middle school) are available from the Center's website along with the United States Constitution for Kids, which offers educators and students the opportunity to read the original text of the Constitution alongside unbiased translations that are easy for students to understand.
The Center is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals hearing questions (link opens a pdf file). Good luck to this year's participants!