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The Center for Civic Education Announces a New Civics Learning Platform

November 7, 2018

CONTACT: 
John Hale, Charles N. Quigley, (818) 591-9321

Los Angeles — The Center for Civic Education is proud to announce Learn.civiced.org, a new website for anyone interested in learning more about American constitutional government.

The new site will focus on three main areas, beginning with an opportunity to learn more about civic education and our government. The We the People Open Course, a free, self-paced course that follows the We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution level 3 textbook, features videos of notable scholars and accompanying online exercises. Participants journey from the philosophical foundations of the U.S. Constitution through the modern interpretation and application of its ideals. This course is open to everyone.

A second feature of the site is the Civics Forum. Geared specifically to teachers, the forum provides a place to discuss civics and government, and share resources with teachers across the globe.

A segment devoted to Resources also links to ebooks, books, lesson plans, free materials and other great websites for teaching and learning about civics and government.

Courses and materials will continue to be added to this site. The new platform was made possible by the U.S. Department of Education through a Supporting Effective Educator Development grant.

 (Press Release) November 7, 2018 

 
Strengthening Democracy Through History and Civics

American History and Civics Presidential Academies and Congressional Academies

October 1, 2018

CONTACT: 
John Hale, Charles N. Quigley, (818) 591-9321

Los Angeles — The Center for Civic Education has received a grant of $2.8 million from the U.S. Department of Education for a five-year series of Presidential Academies for teachers and Congressional Academies for students. In the summers of 2019–2023 both Academies will include a two-week institute in conjunction with exemplary scholars and mentor teachers. Participants will be immersed in the study of constitutional history and principles following the intellectual framework of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution curriculum. 

“There is a longstanding belief that our schools have a civic mission to develop among our youth a reasoned commitment to the fundamental values and principles of American constitutional democracy,” said Charles N. Quigley, executive director of the Center for Civic Education. “This federal investment recognizes the importance of that goal and the continuing need of each generation of students to fulfill their responsibilities as citizens.”

The project’s objectives are to provide the following:

  • High-quality professional development in the content and methods of history and civics for a group of teachers of predominantly high-need students each year.
  • High-quality, interactive instruction in history and civics for a group of high-need high school students.
  • Outreach and follow-up activities with scholars that will benefit teachers, students and the general public during the year. 

The intended outcomes are as follows:

  • Improved subject knowledge and pedagogy for 51 teachers each year, leading to high-quality interactive instruction and a professional learning community aided by a History and Civics Online Forum.
  • Improved content knowledge, skills and attitudes for 102 students each year, aided by a Student Online Forum.
  • A series of eight online videos and four webinars that will extend the teachers’ professional development and benefit students and the general public.

Each year the Academies will take place concurrently at a college or university in the mid-Atlantic region that is convenient for visits to numerous national parks. Each location will be conducive to thoughtful lectures, discussions and individual and collaborative work. In the summer of 2019 the Academies will take place at Hood College in Frederick, Md. 

Partner organizations in every state will aid in the selection and follow-up processes. Teachers will be selected from schools with strong administrative support for work with high-need students. For each teacher, two high-need students from that teacher’s school or school district will apply conjointly and participate in the Academies. The teachers and students will meet in separate sessions and also participate in joint learning and civic engagement activities during the summer and school year.

 (Press Release) October 1, 2018 

 
Winner of National Constitution and Bill of Rights Competition Announced

April 30, 2018

CONTACT: 
Robert Leming (805) 890-4059 or Mark Molli (818) 916-7695

Washington — 
After three days of simulated congressional hearings that tested their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, three schools took top honors at the 31st Annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals.

The National Winner: Grant High School, Oregon;  teacher: Angela DiPasquale 

Second Place: Foothill High School, California (wildcard); teacher: Jeremy Detamore

Third Place: Lincoln High School, Oregon (wildcard); teacher: Rion Roberts

Fifty-two classes representing 35 states came to the nation's capital to participate in the academic competition where students demonstrate their knowledge of the Constitution before simulated congressional committees made up of state supreme court judges, constitutional scholars, lawyers, public officials and We the People alumni. 

The panel of judges tested the expertise of the classes on the six units of the "We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution" textbook: What Are the Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System? How Did the Framers Create the Constitution? How Has the Constitution Been Changed to Further the Ideals Contained in the Declaration of Independence? How Have the Values and Principles Embodied in the Constitution Shaped American Institutions and Practices? What Rights Does the Bill of Rights Protect? and What Challenges Might Face American Constitutional Democracy in the Twenty-first Century?

More information on the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program is available at http://www.civiced.org/national-finals-2018 and http://www.civiced.org/programs/wtp  

The We the People program is administered by the Center for Civic Education. More information about the Center can be found at http://www.civiced.org    

The 2018 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals is partially funded by the tremendous effort of teachers, students, parents, and We the People state coordinators to secure community sponsors. Funding is also provided by the Center for Civic Education, state donors, and the Fund for Freedom and Democracy in honor of the Honorable Patricio M. Serna, retired justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.

The competition results were announced at an awards ceremony Monday evening before an audience of more than 1,400 students, teachers, coordinators, judges and other program participants. 

For a list of all the awards and winning schools please visit http://www.civiced.org/2018-finals-awards

 (Press Release) April 30, 2018

 
Ten High Schools Advance to Championship Round of National Competition on Constitution and Bill of Rights

April 29, 2018

CONTACT: 
Robert Leming (805) 890-4059, Maria Gallo (805) 904-7411, or Mark Molli (818) 916-7695

Washington — Schools from California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin are advancing to the championship round of the 2018 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals Monday, April 30. Ten classes will vie for first place in the academic competition, where students demonstrate their constitutional knowledge during simulated congressional hearings. The championship round will take place in congressional hearing rooms on Capitol Hill. The competition schedule is provided below.

Nearly 1,200 high school students from 35 states have gathered in Washington, D.C., to participate in the 31th Annual We the People National Finals, administered by the Center for Civic Education. The initial field of 52 classes has been reduced to 10 finalists based on the combined scores of each class over the past two days of intense examination of their constitutional knowledge. In the competition, students demonstrate their knowledge of constitutional issues before simulated congressional committees composed of constitutional scholars, lawyers, historians and public officials. Students complete a comprehensive course of study on the Constitution to qualify for the competition.

More information about the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program and the National Finals is available at http://www.civiced.org/programs/wtp and  http://www.civiced.org/national-finals-2018.

FINAL ROUNDS OF COMPETITION ON CAPITOL HILL

2 Sessions:   Session 1:  10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Session 2: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Hearing Schedule will be found on: http://www.civiced.org/national-finals-2018

The 10 schools in alphabetical order:

Amador Valley High School, California

Foothill High School,* California

Denver East High School, Colorado

Maine South High School, Illinois

Fishers High School, Indiana

Grant High School, Oregon

Lincoln High School,* Oregon

Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies, Virginia

Tahoma High School, Washington

Wauwatosa West High School, Wisconsin

*Denotes Wild Card Team

OPEN FOR NEWS COVERAGE. 

To avoid disruption of the hearings and facilitate news coverage please contact Robert Leming at 805-890-4059 or Mark Molli at 818-912-7695 prior to entering a hearing room. 

THE AWARDS CEREMONY

April 30, 8:30 P.M. EDT

National Conference Center, Leesburg, Virginia

[Winners announced 9:30 p.m. EDT]

 (Press Release) April 29, 2018

 Monday hearing schedule
 
Survey Reveals Americans Do Not Know Much About the Constitution, But Support Its Basic Ideas

CONTACT: Charles N. Quigley or John Hale, Center for Civic Education, 818-591-9321

LOS ANGELES — Today, the Center for Civic Education, in cooperation with Professor Diana Owen of Georgetown University, released the results of a Constitution Day survey that found that only 14 percent of Americans think they know a lot about the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

The survey indicated that although Americans might not be well informed about these documents, there is widespread agreement on many of the basic ideas they contain. This includes agreement about some of the basic purposes of government that transcends party affiliation, political ideology and demographics. Survey items include basic ideas in the documents without identifying their sources. For a more detailed summary of the survey and its methodology please click here.


 (Press Release) September 14, 2016

 
Applications Welcome Through April 15 for 2015 American Civic Education Teacher Awards

CONTACT: Wayne Vance, Center on Congress at Indiana University, wvance@indiana.edu; Maria Gallo, Center for Civic Education, gallo@civiced.org; Michelle Hudgins, National Education Association, newsdeadline@nea.org


LOS ANGELES — 
April 15 is the application deadline for teachers who wish to be considered for the 2015 American Civic Education Teacher Awards. The application form is at http://civiced.org/community/teachers/civic-ed-awards.

The awards are given annually to elementary and secondary teachers of civics, government and related fields who have demonstrated exceptional expertise, dynamism and creativity in motivating students to learn about Congress, the Constitution, and public policy.

The ACETA program is jointly sponsored by the Center on Congress at Indiana University, the Center for Civic Education, and the National Education Association.

Each year the ACETA program selects and showcases three teachers who are doing exemplary work in preparing young people to become informed and engaged citizens. Applicants must be full-time classroom teachers of grades K–12. 

Applications for the 2015 awards must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, April 15. 

There is no fee to apply. In addition to a resume and a two-page self-portrait essay, applicants must submit three letters of recommendation—two from teaching peers and one from their school principal. 

The selected teachers will join a distinguished group of 27 prior honorees who have been selected since the program began in 2006.


 (Press Release) February 12, 2015

 
Teachers from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington Receive American Civic Education Teacher Awards

CONTACT: John Hale, 818-591-9321, hale@civiced.org; Maria Gallo, 818-591-9321, gallo@civiced.org


LOS ANGELES — Teachers from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington are recipients of the 2014 American Civic Education Teacher Awards, recognizing their exemplary work preparing young people to become informed and engaged citizens. The ACETA winners are John Dickson of Harwich (Mass.) High School; Natalie O'Brien of North Smithfield (R.I.) High School; and Jennifer Reidel of Lynden (Wash.) High School.

The awards are given annually to teachers of civics, government and related subjects who have demonstrated exceptional expertise, dynamism and creativity in motivating students to learn about the Constitution, Congress and public policy.

ACETA is sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, the Center on Congress at Indiana University, and the National Education Association.

 (Press Release) June 4, 2014

 
Senate Passes Cardin, Grassley Resolution Supporting Civic Education

Resolution Calls for Increased Prioritization of Civic Education in American Public Schools

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan resolution sponsored by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) calls for increased prioritization of civic education in American public schools. Senate Resolution 427 received the unanimous approval of the U.S. Senate on April 29.

The Cardin-Grassley resolution encourages elementary and secondary schools to adopt programs and curricula that have demonstrated effectiveness in fostering civic competence, civic responsibility, and a reasoned commitment to the fundamental values and principles underlying the constitutional government of the United States. The resolution also calls for all teachers of civics and government to have access to adequate opportunities to enrich teaching through professional development programs to enrich their teaching capacity.

 (Press Release) May 1, 2014

 
Lincoln High School Students Place First in Nationwide Championship on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights

WASHINGTON — After three days of simulated congressional hearings that tested their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, Lincoln High School students from Portland, Oregon, captured first place at the 27th Annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals.

CONTACT: Mark Molli, Center for Civic Education

 (Press Release) April 28, 2014

 
Center for Civic Education and Share My Lesson to Give Away Free Textbooks

LOS ANGELES — The Center for Civic Education and Share My Lesson today announced a promotion to give away a free set of We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbooks. A winner will be chosen at random from teachers registering by December 31, 2013, at www.ShareMyLesson.com/cce. The winner can choose a classroom set of the new We the People enhanced ebook or a set of We the People upper elementary, middle school, or high school textbooks.


 (Press Release) November 12, 2013

 
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