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Teachers from California, Michigan, North Carolina Receive American Civic Education Teacher Awards
Teachers from California, Michigan and North Carolina are recipients of the 2011 American Civic Education Teacher Awards, recognizing their exemplary work preparing young people to become informed and engaged citizens.
 
Podcast Celebrates 500th Episode
60-Second Civics, the Center's daily podcast, celebrates its 500th episode. Every day, the podcast provides a concise primer on civics and government. Teachers can play the podcast in their classroom, then test their students' knowledge with Daily Civics Quiz.

(Press Release) Nov 02, 2010
 
California High School Wins Constitution Competition
Arcadia High School of Arcadia, California, is the national champion of the 23rd annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals.

(Press Release) - April 27, 2010
 
Students Vie for Championship in Prestigious National Competition on Constitution
From Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, to North Smithfield, Rhode Island, students are traveling to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 2010 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals. More than 1,100 students from 52 high schools representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Northern Mariana Islands will test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights during the three-day competition, from April 24-26.
During the academic competition, students serve as expert witnesses testifying on constitutional issues in a simulated congressional hearing. Each class is divided into six groups, corresponding with the units in the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution text. Students are scored on their opening presentation and on answers to follow-up questions by a panel of judges, who grade the students on understanding, constitutional application, reasoning, supporting evidence, responsiveness, and participation. The national finals judges include state Supreme Court judges, public officials, political scientists, historians, educators, attorneys, journalists, and We the People alumni.

(Press Release) - Apr 22, 2010
 
We the People: Project Citizen Conference Brings U.S. and International Civic Educators to Miami
MIAMI – More than 440 civic educators from the United States and seven other countries will convene at the InterContinental Hotel for the eighth annual We the People: Project Citizen leadership conference, Oct. 9–12. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, the conference brings together public officials, government scholars, classroom teachers and international educators to examine effective and engaging methods in teaching civics.
On Saturday, Oct. 10, Florida State Representative Rene Garcia, District 110, gives the keynote address, “Project Citizen – A Model in Civic Discourse.”
On Sunday, Oct. 11, Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis speaks on “Judicial Decision-Making in the Public Policymaking Process.”

(Press Release) - Oct 05, 2009
 
History, Culture and Government Focus of The Navajo Nation Experience
Thirty educators from 14 states will meet in Chinle, Ariz., to immerse themselves in Navajo history, culture and government during The Navajo Nation Experience.
Sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, the three-day seminar includes lectures by Navajo leaders, historians and scholars, plus trips to important historic and cultural sites including Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley.

(Press Release) - Sep 23, 2009
 
U.S. Representative John Lewis Opens Civil Rights Institute for Educators
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – U.S. Rep. John Lewis (GA-05) will give the keynote address to open “We the People: A Seminar on the Civil Rights Movement” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at the Tutwiler Hotel. Cosponsored by the Center for Civic Education and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the three-day seminar brings 35 educators from throughout the country to learn about the movement from civil rights leaders, “foot soldiers” and scholars.

(Press Release) - Sep 09, 2009
 
Free Constitution Day Lessons Available
The Center for Civic Education and the American Association of School Administrators are offering free classroom materials to commemorate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, September 17.
The Constitution Day and Citizenship Day materials were created for grades K–12 and adapted from the Center’s We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution and Foundations of Democracy curricular materials. Two new lesson plans about the executive branch and Abraham Lincoln’s constitutional legacy are on the Web site: constitutionday

(Press Release) - Sept 3, 2009

 
We the People
The Point went to Chatham High School in Massachusetts to talk to students about the school’s rich tradition in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition and the program’s guiding force, retiring teacher Thomas Flaherty.

The Cape Cod and Islands NPR Station - Jun 24, 2009
 
East High School Students Win Nationwide Championship on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights
Washington, D.C.—After three days of simulated congressional hearings, during which students were required to apply constitutional principles and historical facts to contemporary situations, the class from East High School of Denver, Colorado, has emerged as the national champion in the 22nd annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals.
Vestavia Hills High School of Vestavia Hills, Alabama, and Amador Valley High School of Pleasanton, California, took second and third place, respectively, in the competition on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

(Press Release) - Apr 27, 2009
 
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