March 2019 Newsletter Print E-mail

News from the Center for Civic Education

Women's History Month, the Success of JMLP, and More in This Month's Newsletter.


Deadline Extended for Presidential and Congressional Academies Applications

High school teachers and students: join expert scholars and mentor teachers at Goucher College, Maryland, on July 7-20, 2019! This free, expenses-paid immersive experience will include discussion, research activities, and field trips to national historic sites. Preference will be given to teams of one teacher and two high-need students from the same school or district. Apply by April 1!

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James Madison Legacy Project Increases Students' Civic Knowledge and Dispositions

After three years of hard work, the James Madison Legacy Project has proven to be a success. Dr. Diana Owen and her team at Georgetown University have found that students of teachers who completed JMLP are more committed to democratic ideals, have a more developed sense of public duty, become involved in their community, and recognize the importance of voting when compared to their peers.

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John F. Tinker to Deliver Keynote Address at We the People National Finals

In 1969, Tinker and his sister were two of four students suspended from their school in Iowa for wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam War. These students and their families were petitioners in the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines that is studied by We the People students. This year, John Tinker will speak at the National Finals and award one school with a Tinker Award based on its response to Unit 5, Question 3.

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Tinker v. Des Moines Decision Turns Fifty Years Old

This February, the landmark case of Tinker v. Des Moines that protected students' right to free speech is fifty years old! The State Historical Society of Iowa led a celebration of the anniversary, speaking with Mary Beth and John Tinker who were plaintiffs in the case after wearing black armbands to school to protest against the Vietnam War. Both siblings are supporters of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program.

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Take Advantage of Free Lessons on Women's History Month

We have been celebrating this Women's History Month by learning about important women in America's history. Follow our Instagram and Facebook stories for facts about important women in history, as well as use our free lessons on women in history!

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Quick Quiz! Which of the following statements about Mercy Otis Warren is true?

A. She was a leading Federalist and a noted contributor to the Federalist Papers.
B. She wrote pamphlets explaining why she did not support the Constitution.
C. She supported the idea of a strong national government and weak states.
D. She dismissed natural rights as the "fanciful concoction of learned gentlemen."

Read on to learn the answer!


California Attorney General Speaks at Thirty-Second Annual State Finals

This February, California held its thirty-second annual We the People State Finals in Sacramento, with guest speaker Xavier Becerra, California's attorney general. Becerra spoke about good government, the protection of constitutional rights, and participatory $char_endash that We the People students study extensively in preparation for competition.

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Wyoming Sends Two Teams to National Finals, Receives Community Support

The Wyoming state competition took place on Monday, February 11. After an exciting day of simulated congressional hearings, Jackson High School (led by teacher Jim Rooks) won their first championship and Cheyenne Central High School (led by teacher Tom Bradley) finished in second place. These schools will advance to the National Finals to be held in Washington, D.C. from April 26 to April 29.

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Accessible We the People Editions Now Available from NIMAC

All three levels of We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution are now available from the National Instructional Materials Access Center. NIMAC provides alternate media materials for blind, visually impaired, or print-disabled students as specified in the NIMAC limitation of use agreement. Below are details for our We the People textbooks:

We the People Level 1, Identifier: 9780898182613NIMAS

We the People Level 2, Identifier: 9780898182200NIMAS

We the People Level 3, Identifier: 9780898182187NIMAS

Visit the NIMAC website to learn more.


Quiz Answer!

B. She wrote pamphlets explaining why she did not support the Constitution.

For more quizzes and learning opportunities, check out the 60-Second Civics podcast and daily civics quiz!


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