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  • Marshwood educators surprised with grants - News - - Dover, NH
    Marshwood Education Foundation's Prize Patrol was thrilled to surprise two Spring Grant Award recipients last month. The MEF Prize Patrol surprised its first Spring Grant recipient, Marshwood Middle School 7th Grade History teacher Andrew Rowe, on Friday May 15. Mr. Rowe was awarded a $9000 grant to start a "We the People" program at MMS. This program will feed into the program at Marshwood High School which has brought a tremendous amount of success for MHS students. We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution for middle grades is composed of 6 units and 29 lessons that use critical-thinking exercises, cooperative-learning practices and a culminating authentic performance assessment to teach the history and principles of constitutional democracy. Three students will work on one of the six units (18 students total) and present their unit to a panel of judges at the National Invitational in April of 2016.

  • Rossi LEAP Students Present Results of Project Citizen
    Ten students in Robyn Montagna’s 8th Grade Learners With Exceptional Abilities Program (LEAP) class at Rossi Middle School recently showed their Project Citizen presentations to their classmates, parents, business leaders, and several legislators via Google Slides.Each group of students chose a community problem to research, identified viable solutions, and proposed an action plan for the best solution. Their work was guided by the Project Citizen program, whose goals include developing an understanding of the importance of citizen participation. Students expressed matters important to them, such as eliminating litter, creating more sidewalks, and constructing a recreation center. Through the question and answer period, they gained an understanding of the work of their local government in relation to such projects and achieved a better understanding of the legislative process and the functions of government.

  • Sen. Jeff Sessions visits Vestavia Hills High School’s We the People class -
    Sen. Jeff Sessions recently visited Vestavia Hills High School to congratulate members of the school’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution class for its top-five finish in a national competition. Sessions spent about an hour with incoming and outgoing members of the class in the school’s library. He discussed the ongoing legacy of the United States Constitution, a focus of study for the class, and took questions from the students about constitutional law and working in Congress. “I’m proud of what you’re doing,” Sessions said to the class, which competed last month in a mock congressional hearing competition in Washington and finished fifth in the nation. “Any of you could be a governor or president or a senator. All of you are smart enough to do that." The class, according to teacher Amy Maddox, is a study of Government with a focus on civil political discourse. The class competes nationally against other We the People teams and has finished among the top 10 eight times.

  • Brush students present at Project Citizen Showcase - Brush News-Tribune
    Reductions in funding to school districts has been a hot topic for some time, but local students took it a step further by proving what severe reductions mean to the Brush School District. Because of their extensive research in their Project Citizen class, students of the Brush Middle School received the opportunity to visit the State Capitol to participate in the Project Citizen Showcase at the State Capitol. The classes gave their Power Point presentations "School District Funding: Is It Time For Lawmakers to Review the Process?" and "Brush School Funding: Can We Figure This Out?" Teacher Robb Zellmer said opening ceremonies began in the House chambers, with students able to sit at the desks of members of the House of Representatives. "Project Citizen", an elective course offered at BMS, is a civic education class designed to add to student's knowledge, enhance skills and deepen the understanding of how the public can work together to make the community a better place to live.

  • NHMS students who qualified for the State Project Citizen Contest
    New Holstein Middle School students whose teams had qualified for the State Project Citizen Contest gathered in Madison recently for the event. Teacher Heather Tomchek said neither of the two New Holstein teams won the state contest as a local team did last year, but that the students "all did fantastic and had a wonderful experience."

  • Gruening Middle School students speak out on issues of concern - Alaska Star - May Issue 3 2015 - Eagle River, AK
    This year, we received several letters from Gruening Middle School eighth-grade students about what topics they had chosen for a Project Citizen assignment in their social studies class.The annual social studies assignment is a curriculum component created by the Center for Civic Education, the mission of which is “to promote an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries.” Students working on a Project Citizen assignment select a topic, and practice different ways of engaging in government and public discourse in advocacy of their chosen topic. The topics chosen included addressing the problems of substance abuse in Alaska for teens and adults and advocacy for better lighting to be installed at a dangerous intersection that had been the scene of a fatal accident.

  • John W. Eyster: Discover Democracy at Milton High School event | GazetteXtra
    John W. Eyster is an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an advocate for Project Citizen, a model curriculum for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. In this article he writes about the Discovering Democracy research fair at Milton High School. He says, "This is a very special opportunity for WE THE PEOPLE of the Milton school district and area to learn more about significant public policy issues. This is the 6th annual fair and I will be there. Each year, I gain additional knowledge and special perspective on significant public policy issues talking with the Discovering Democracy students who are Milton HS seniors ready to graduate.

  • The Courier » WITH VIDEO: Students protest low voter turnout
    A group of Findlay High School students who waved signs high in the air as they rallied in front of the Hancock County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon say the low voter turnout in Hancock County during the May primary election sparked the idea. “We feel this is a real tragedy,” senior Timothy Polelle said of the less than 13 percent voter turnout earlier this month. The We the People civics team at the high school rallied in front of the courthouse and handed out voter registration forms as well as informational brochures about the history of voting and statistics of voter turnout, not only in Hancock County, but across the country. Polelle said his government class was assigned a “make a difference project” and chose voter turnout awareness after the results of the primary election. “Even in places like Hancock County, Flag City USA fails to have a high voter turnout,” Polelle said.“If you don’t vote, you don’t have a say in government.”

  • Bring history and civics back to the classroom - Washington Times
    America received its history and civics report card recently, but there won’t be any bumper stickers boasting of making the honor roll. The release of the U.S. Department of Education’s latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for history, civics and geography shows that we are raising another generation of historical and civic amnesiacs. Overall scores for the “Nation’s Report Card” were stagnant, maintaining a long-term trend of dismal performance. Of the nearly 29,000 eighth grade students tested last year, only 18 percent were deemed “proficient” or better in history, and only 23 percent in civics. Only a third of students could identify one reason for and against ratification of the Constitution or identify how the role of government changed because of the New Deal. The NAEP tests history and civics only once every four years — half as frequently as math and reading — and now, beginning with the 2015 results, at only a single level: eighth grade.

  • EGR's We the People team represents Michigan well at nationals |
    East Grand Rapids High School, representing Michigan, finished eighth in the nation at the annual "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" national finals competition. Placing in the top 10 teams gave the East Grand Rapids students the opportunity to compete the final day on Capitol Hill. The team of 31 juniors and seniors from East Grand Rapids High School spent the past year studying core democratic texts, theories and history to prepare for the national competition. The team was led by coach Janice Yates, assistant coach Alex Constantelos, and student coaches from the previous year's team. "This is a life-changing experience," said Yates. "I was blown away by the poise and articulate responses given by our students. They represented the State of Michigan extraordinarily well."