Press Releases

“Egyptian Children Harness the Power of the Media to Tackle a Polluting Factory”
Internews reports another Project Citizen success story. Students in Alexandria, Egypt, were concerned about a local factory that was polluting the air around their school. “The smoke is very thick…and even comes inside the class, making it hard for many students to breathe,” said 11-year-old Marwa. The students attended the Civic Education and Media Training Camp in September organized by the Partners project in partnership with the Center for Civic Education, the Internews Network, and the Family Planning Association of Alexandria. Having learned how to construct a Project Citizen portfolio to address the problem, they produced a newspaper about the topic and were interviewed on radio and television. The story made the national media, and the factory committed to stopping polluting the community’s air.

(Press Release) - Oct 11, 2007
Three Teachers Receive National Award for Civic Education Excellence
Three teachers received the 2007 American Civic Education Teacher Awards recently in recognition of their exemplary work preparing young people to become informed and engaged citizens. This year's ACETA winners are Mary Ellen Daneels, Barbara Simpson Ector, and Kevin Fox.

Center for Civic Education, American Association of School Administrators Offer Free Constitution Day Lessons Online
The Center for Civic Education and the American Association of School Administrators are offering free lesson plans on the U.S. Constitution for Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, September 17, and Constitution Week, September 17–23. The materials for grades K–12 were adapted from the Center’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution and Foundations of Democracy curricular materials.

(Press Release) - Sep 10, 2007
Students from 31 Countries Showcase Public Policy Proposals in Washington, D.C.
Project Citizen students from around the world gathered recently in Washington, D.C., to participate in Empowering a New Generation for Democracy: The International Project Citizen Showcase. “From Poland, Ukraine, and Russia, to South Africa, China, and points in between, young people have used the lessons of democratic citizenship taught by Project Citizen to improve their lives and communities,” said Charles N. Quigley, executive director of the Center for Civic Education. “Our goal is to share these Project Citizen success stories—the results of America’s 10-year investment in the program.”

(Press Release) - Jul 18, 2007
National Study Reveals Civics Deficit in U.S. Schools
“The Nation’s Report Card: Civics 2006,” released today by the National Assessment Governing Board, showed that 24 percent of fourth-graders, 22 percent of eighth-graders and 27 percent of twelfth-graders could reach a simple mastery of civics called proficient. “America’s school children are woefully unprepared to take their place as informed, engaged citizens,” said Charles N. Quigley, the Center’s executive director. “Much work needs to be done to ensure that each student receives the education necessary to become an informed, engaged citizen of this nation.”

(Press Release) - May 16, 2007
Denver East Students Win Nationwide Championship on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights
Months of study and hard-won victories at the congressional district and state levels ended this week for about 1,200 high school students representing 50 states and the District of Columbia in the national finals of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, a competition on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. 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 Denver East emerged as the national champion, with Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, California and Grant High School, Portland, Oregon taking second and third place, respectively.

(Press Release) - May 02, 2007
Speech by Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, First Lady of Pennsylvania, at the Fourth Annual Congressional Conference on Civic Education,
This is the text of a speech given by the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell, Judge, Third Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Lady of Pennsylvania, and Founding Partner of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy, during the American Civic Education Teacher Award Presentations on November 19, 2006, at the Fourth Annual Congressional Conference on Civic Education in Washington, D.C.

(Press Release) November 19, 2006

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