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Trumbull has Connecticut History Teacher of the Year


Trumbull High School teacher Katie Boland has been named the 2017 Connecticut History Teacher of the Year. The award is presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History,an organization dedicated to K-12 American history education. Since 2004, the award has been given to one teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and US Territories. In fall 2017, the National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of state winners. Boland has been teaching 15 years, the last seven at Trumbull High School. Before that, she taught history at Harding High School in Bridgeport.    Read more >

Urban youth find power in the Constitution through We the People


Robert Walls is a problem solver. If you tell him you have tried everything and nothing seems to work, Walls sees it as a challenge to find something that will. In 2006, Walls was asked to judge the national “We the People” competition in Washington, D.C. What surprised this Indianapolis resident and retired public school administrator was that among the 1,500 teens participating in the event, less than a half dozen were African-American. Convinced that he could add diversity to the competition, his first step was to speak with Robert Leming, the director of the national Center for Civic Education, the organization that runs the    Read more >

Democracy demands vigilance


The horrific, apparently politically motivated shooting in Alexandria, Va., and the news that President Trump is the subject of a criminal investigation, provide a grim reminder of the social, economic and legal conditions integral to the preservation of American democracy. The core values of our system forbid resort to violence against those who seek or serve in public office. They require economic conditions that would diminish the gulf between the haves and the have-nots. And they demand from governmental officials rigorous adherence to constitutional principles and legal norms, the essence of the rule of law. Particular social    Read more >

Grant scholars place second in national competition called We the People


Grant High School’s constitution team met Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the students’ April visit to Washington, D.C. The team also amassed 3,870 points in questioning about constitutional issues. Alas, that wasn’t enough to keep the “We the People” national title in Oregon, as has been the case for four years. However, it was enough for Grant’s 32 seniors, who were state winners, to place second in the national competition. The national winners, from the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies in Richmond, Va., received 3,880 points. “The    Read more >

We the People in Jackson Hole


Twenty-two Jackson Hole High School students recently competed at the national finals of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, held in Washington, D.C., in late April. The student participants included Kylie Anderson, Conor Butler, Emma Caulkins, Lane Centrella, Hannah Clancy, Aliea Ednie, Jack Eidemiller, Matias Encina, Brian Feuz and Mataya Foster. Students Carlos Hernandez, Ismael Jimenez, Ben Klausman, Bailey Larson, Noah Michalski, Gillian Ponce, Klancy Poor, Steve Shea, Jenny Stearns, Jamie Vargas, Silvia Vetturi and Tiffanni Walker also participated in the east coast event. Jackson Hole High School was awarded a “wildcard    Read more >

Students demonstrate constitutional knowledge at state showcase


Columbiana South Side Middle School students joined more than 150 other Ohio students in Columbus for the Ohio Middle School We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution State Showcase. The showcase took place at the Columbus State Community College and the South Side students were the only ones from Columbiana County to participate. Other students that participated were from Columbus East High School and Gahanna Middle School South of Franklin County, Middleburg Heights Junior High School in Cuyahoga County, Sycamore Junior High School in Hamilton County, and Trotwood-Madison Middle School in Montgomery County. We the People is a    Read more >

Greenwich High history students earn college credit


Tucked in the upper reaches of Greenwich High’s Cantor House is the classroom of Aaron Hull, a tall, pepper-haired history teacher and a University of Connecticut Early College Experience Adjunct Professor. At the close of a busy school year, students chattered in groups and pounded the keys of their laptops surrounded by shelves of constitutional law books, plaques from state law competitions hanging above them. The course was “We The People,” a blend of U.S. Government and Comparative Politics — students take both AP tests — and study the Constitution in-depth in order to compete in state and national “We the People”    Read more >

"Hard Work Is The Great Equalizer", Sky View's 'We The People' On Competing In D...


This story from Utah Public Radio profiles Sky View High School's We the People team. Teacher Michael Rigby said, “It is paramount that these kids understand democratic processes. Regardless of what they do they’ll be active members in the community. They’ve done some longitudinal studies, the statistics show that well over 90 percent of these students become active voters, and they become politically and civically engaged    Read more >

We the People Hearing


J.L. Bowler Elementary School fifth grade students participated in a simulated congressional hearing Thursday, May 18th, as a part of the “We the People” program. “We the People . . . The Citizen and the Constitution” is a nationally acclaimed civic education program about the history and philosophy of the U. S. Constitution and Bill of Rights    Read more >

Eighth-grade Civics class wins national We the People Invitational


An eighth-grade Civics class at Fishers Junior High School recently won the national We the People Invitational in Washington, D.C. The event tests teams’ knowledge of the U.S. government by simulating congressional hearings. Each team is divided into six units that focus on a particular part of government. “Each of the six units sat in front of judges and read a four-minute prepared statement to a prompt they knew in advance. Then they had six minutes of follow-up questions by the judges. We had no idea in advance what they were going to ask,” said Mike Fassold, the team’s sponsor and teacher. The students tried out as seventh-    Read more >

Plainfield High School takes fourth in 'We the People' contest


A few weeks ago, two high school teams from Indiana attended the We the People Competition in Washington, D.C. Plainfield High School, along with Cathedral High School, joined nearly 60 other teams from around the country at the National Conference Center on Capitol Hill. In the competition, students are given questions on the Constitution to study and are directed to discuss those topics in hearing rooms with lawmakers and other officials during the competition. “Being able to take students to Washington, D.C., was an incredible experience,” Plainfield High School AP government teacher and We the People coach Chris Cavanaugh said    Read more >



Representative Young recognized Fishers Junior High Schools' We the People team    Read more >

Fishers Junior High captures national civics title: ‘It’s pretty surreal’


Fishers proved it's home to some of the brightest, civically-educated minds in the country after one of its junior high classes won a national championship    Read more >

Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Claims National Championship


The Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School “We the People” team placed first in the nation in The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals, held at the National Conference Center in the Washington D.C. area, April 21 through 24, 2017. The team of twenty-four seniors, coached by Sam Ulmschneider, claimed the regional championship title in a competition at Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center in 2016. Earlier this year, the team won the state championship, which was hosted by University of Virginia. This win marks the third national championship for MLWGS in the 30-year history of this competition    Read more >

Amador Valley Places 5th in U.S. Competition Civics


The Amador Valley High School Competition Civics team finished in 5th place in the national We The People competition. The judging was held on April 22 and 23 in Washington, D.C. The Amador team represented California, by virtue of winning the state contest. This was the 15th time that Amador advanced to the national finals. In 13 of those times, they were in the top 10. Amador was national champion in 1995. Amador teams were runners-up in 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014. Third place was won in two other years. Amador teacher Stacey Sklar, who coached the team, said, "We had a terrific team this year. The kids worked really hard    Read more >

Amador Valley High Students Compete in ‘We the People’ Competition


Pleasanton Unified School District congratulates Amador Valley High School competitive civics team for finishing in 5th place in the National ‘We the People’ competition held in Washington D.C. on April 21-24, 2017. We the People is a national educational program which promotes civic competence and responsibility    Read more >

Maggie Walker team wins civics contest for 3rd time


A team of students from Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School won a national civics competition in April for the third time in the school’s history    Read more >

Maine South High School received the honor of a Congressional Record statement



Arizona's Hamilton High School students at the We the People National Finals


Hamilton High School represented Arizona in the 30th National We the People Competition in Washington D.C. from April 20 - 25, 2017, sponsored by the Center for Civic Education. Thanks to our principal Ken James and all teachers, family, and friends who helped support our team both financially as well as with their time and attention. Thanks to our official sponsors: Arizona Children's Academy, Brighton Dental Health, Anantuni Family Dental    Read more >

Sky View wins national recognition at We The People championship


Sky View High is well-known around Utah as the team to beat in the civic debate program We The People, but after a weekend of competitions in Washington, D.C., three Sky View students raised their school’s national profile. Competing against 1,300 students from 55 teams from all over the country, the Sky View team didn’t rank in the top 10 overall, but seniors Emma Belliston, Carter Martindale and Emma Zook won national recognition in the unit on the Bill of Rights. “They opened up the envelope and said, ‘Team Utah,’ and I just felt really honored, really amazing being able to compete against some really, really good schools and    Read more >

Sheridan HS ‘We the People’ Team Does Well at National Competition


The Sheridan High School We the People team have just returned from representing the State of Wyoming at the 30th National Finals for the We the People competition in Washington D.C    Read more >

Maine South Constitution Team takes 10th place in national finals


e Maine South Constitution Team took 10th place in the nation during the 2017 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution national finals in Washington, D.C. last weekend    Read more >

Winner of National Constitution & Bill of Rights Competition Announced


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 30th Annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals    Read more >

MSHS students head to DC for national competition


Twenty-three Marquette Senior High School students on Thursday left the area for Washington D.C. to compete in the 30th annual “We the People” national finals    Read more >

Clay County students to compete in national Constitution competition


Congratulations to the West Virginia state “We The People” Champions. Clay County High School’s Advance Placement Government and Politics class, taught by Philip Dobbins, traveled to Charleston on December 11, 2016, to compete in the “We The People” state competition    Read more >

Sheridan High School We the People class heads to DC


Sheridan High School’s We the People team will travel to Washington, D.C., this week to compete in the national competition    Read more >

Norwood students to represent Massachusetts at civics competition


Students from the Class of 2017 at the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School, including one Norwood student, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to represent Massachusetts at the national We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution finals on April 22 to 24    Read more >

RCHS students show their constitutional knowledge


The team took first place at the state-level competition at High Point University on March 6, also earning three of six unit awards. The school will compete against other We the People teams from across the nation April 21-24    Read more >

Constitution 101 class updates adult students on constitution, government


Although Fishers Junior High School students might understand the U.S. Constitution through the We the People class, but the City of Fishers discovered that its adult residents may not be as familiar with the way government works    Read more >

We the pupils: More states teach founding US documents


Should U.S. high school students know at least as much about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Federalist papers as immigrants passing an American citizenship test    Read more >

Know your U.S. Constitution? More states look to teach it


(Center for Civic Education Executive Director Chuck Quigley and We the People master teacher Natalie O'Brien are quoted in this article    Read more >

'We the People' teacher gets Excellence in Education Award


Reno High School students are heading to Capitol Hill in April to compete in a national competition called "We The People." They are being coached by a one-of-a-kind teacher, Richard Clark, who dedicates himself to his students and the program. This month, Clark is News 4's Excellence in Education award winner! During an intense discussion in a "We the People" class at Reno High School, evening anchor Shelby Sheehan surprised Clark with the award. A 14-year teaching veteran, Clark brought "We the People" program to the high school 10 years ago. It's an advanced placement class where students study the constitution and civics passionately    Read more >

Glass Half Full: We The People seeks your support


Recently I received an anonymous (of course) voicemail from somebody who heard an advertisement for Lake Tahoe School and took great exception to a statement about living in a remote location and still being able to find an exceptional education    Read more >

East High students earn trip to national 'We the People' competition


A team from East Bakersfield High School is headed to the National Finals of the "We the People" citizen and the constitution program. They've been picked as the Warren E. Burger Class, which is an honor for students from an economically challenged school who display academic achievement and innovation. The national "We the People" competition is April 21-24 in Washington, D.C. The students are now raising funds fro their trip. A car wash and breakfast is planned in the school parking lot 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 18, and a "Dinners to Go" event is planned for March 20. Call (661) 871-7221 for more information on the fundraisers. "This is a    Read more >

East High hosting fundraisers for national We the People trip


Students at East High School need your help to raise money for the National Finals of the We the People competition coming in April    Read more >

Teacher Perspective: Making a Difference in the Classroom By Robin Lashley, teac...


I have been an educator for 23 years and currently teach an 8th grade U.S. History class. I have found that the curriculum aligns perfectly with a large portion of the Ohio Grade 8 Social Studies Learning Outcomes. The textbooks provided through this program are fantastic. The students are better able to understand complex concepts (social contract theory, The Great Compromise, and judicial review, just to name a few) due to the straight-forward writing and realistic examples. The program will immerse teachers in the role of a student as you use the materials to prepare for a simulated congressional hearing as part of the experience    Read more >

Hamilton High students prepare for We the People National Finals


This excellent video story describes the Hamilton High school We the People class preparing for the National Finals in Washington, DC in April    Read more >

Madison Project enhances civics ed


The Madison Project in Walla Walla public schools intends “to produce district graduates that not only register to vote, but who will also become lifelong participants in contributing to their communities, as voters and more,” said Pioneer Middle School teacher Chris Plucker. Students in second, fourth and eighth grades involved in the project showcase will present ideas to promote civic engagement during a public event from 7-8 p.m. Thursday at Pioneer, 450 Bridge St. Named after James Madison, author of the U.S. Constitution, the ultimate aim of this project is to encourage the ideals of “We the People” namely that through    Read more >

Students eye national Constitution contest finals


Twenty-three Marquette Senior High School students will put their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution to the ultimate test in front of a mock congressional committee as part of the “We the People” competition’s national finals in April    Read more >

A teacher's passion for the Constitution changes her students' lives


For the last 6 years, Trumbull High School’s We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution Program, under the leadership of Social Studies Teacher Katie Boland, has won the We The People state championship title. With more than 28 million students and 75,000 educators who have participated in the Program since its inception in 1987, that’s a tremendous feat. To up the ante, Boland, as her students call her, a recent Teacher of the Year, is inspiring her kids to learn about the constitution and government to hopefully take home the national title this year    Read more >

Students heading to We the People National Finals


A team of 23 MSHS students is headed for the 30th annual We the People National Finals competition in Washington, D.C. after finishing second at the State Finals in Lansing in January and receiving a wildcard spot in the national tournament    Read more >

Nevada's Incline High class to national competition in D.C.


On Feb. 4, Incline High School finished second at the Nevada State "We the People…the Citizen and the Constitution" competition in Las Vegas and won a "Wild Card" spot at the national competition    Read more >

Capital Region BOCES students three-peat as state champs


ALBANY — The Capital Region BOCES New Visions: Law and Government Program accomplished what most sports teams can only dream of — three-peat as state champions. For the third consecutive year, the high honors program won on Feb. 11 the state-level “We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition. Comprising students from several area high schools in the Questar III and Capital Region BOCES regions, the New Visions: Law & Government team bested more than 100 finalists from five other school districts from across the state. The team now advances to the national competition held in Washington, D.C. on April 21-April 24. To    Read more >

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With the constitution of the United States being interpreted in a variety of different fashions of late, two teachers at Tukes Valley Middle School in Battle Ground took it upon themselves to teach their students what it exactly says and why it’s important to understand    Read more >

East High We The People team invited to nationals


For the first time, East Bakersfield High School’s We The People team has been invited to Washington, D.C., for a chance to capture the national title. There’s just one problem — it's about ,000 short    Read more >

We The People students in "quote-off"


The We The People students held a "quote-off" in preparation for the national competition in April. Students were required to memorize quotes relative to government and politics and be able to cite them in the appropriate context. "In the competition, if a judge asks them a question the students have to be able to pull out a quote that applies to the question," said teacher Holly Kartchner. "It is one thing to memorize quotes, but they have to be able to apply it." To read more of this story pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Morning News    Read more >

We the People program creates civic engagement


Justice Boehm is exactly correct: Civic education has been on a decline in Indiana and throughout the country for decades, due to our desire to compete scientifically and technologically with nations like the former Soviet Union [Boehm: Civic education is necessary to maintain our republic, Jan. 16]. The side effects of the emphasis on science and math have been an overall de-emphasis of civic education    Read more >

Students display their constitutional knowledge


Decked out in slacks, ties, dresses and blazers, about 50 Desert Shadows Middle School eighth-graders took turns defending their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution Tuesday morning, reading essay responses and fielding questions from a panel of judges    Read more >

Maine South Constitution Team honored for recent success


Successes in U.S. Constitutional law and musicianship earned two groups of Maine South High School students recognition from the Park Ridge City Council recently. The school's Constitution Team and representatives from the band, orchestra and choir programs were on hand for the council's Feb. 6 meeting, where they were commended by elected officials. The Constitution Team was lauded for its latest win in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition held Dec. 2 in Chicago. The 30-member team now heads to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals in April. Park Ridge acting Mayor Marty Maloney said Maine South's    Read more >

Wauwatosa West's 'We the People' team heading to nationals


Consistency is often an indication of quality    Read more >

Plainfield High School to participate in national competition


The Indiana Bar Foundation recently announced that two Indiana high school teams will compete in the national civics competition 'We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution,' including Hendricks County's own Plainfield High School (PHS    Read more >

New Visions: Law & Government team won the New York State "We The People: T


For the third year in a row, the New Visions: Law & Government team won the New York State "We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition. The team, consisting of high school seniors from Capital Region BOCES and Questar III, bested nearly 150 finalists, their peers from five other school districts statewide on Saturday. They had to explain the philosophical and historical foundations on which the American political system is based. They advance to the national competition in April in Washington. New Visions: Law & Government is a program of the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School. Students attend the program in    Read more >

Boonsboro student gets taste of public service as page to Washington County dele...


While some of his tasks involved grabbing coffee or running off copies, Zane Poffenberger's time in Annapolis supplied him with valuable experience and face time with government types that could prove beneficial    Read more >

Boonsboro's 'We The People' team headed to nationals in April


After taking top honors in regional competitions, a group of Boonsboro High School students will be putting their constitutional knowledge to the test on the national level in April    Read more >

Tosa West's "We the People" Team Wins 10th Straight WI Title, Earns Trip to DC


The American Public Policy Special Emphasis students at Wauwatosa West High School have a unique perspective on what's happening in Washington. "It's normal.” Said junior Sophie Johnson. “They're opposing parties. They're always going to be clashing but we still need them to work together to form a functioning society. " ?"Just the indepthness that we've taken into looking at the United States government really helps us understand what's going on when they use terms that maybe the general public wouldn't understand.” Junior Joey Wehrley said. “But the ability to decipher that and to understand what's really going going on with the    Read more >



Hundreds of bright young students with anxious parents and other supporters impressed an all-star lineup of justice professionals and officials who judged the WE THE PEOPLE Nevada State finals competition. WE THE PEOPLE is a program intended to foster student understanding of American democracy, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights    Read more >

Sheridan High School We the People Team Wins State


In an article that includes audio clips as well, tor the fourth consecutive year, the Sheridan High School We the People team is Wyoming’s state champions. The team’s Coach Tyson Emborg, said that he was very pleased with the competition    Read more >

Laramie High School competes in civics competition state finals


Laramie High School students competed Monday in the state finals of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, a national competition that evaluates students’ knowledge of American civics    Read more >

Reno High School Wins State We the People Competition


This video story describes the success of the We the People teacher and student from Reno High School    Read more >

Civics competition to take stage at statehouse


Is Congress the most important link between the American people and their national government? What is the value of the dissenting opinion in American jurisprudence? Why did Congress think it was necessary to pass the Voting Rights Act    Read more >

We the People State Finals


The We the People state finals took place on Monday in Laramie. The final six schools competed to not only take home state, but to move on to the national finals    Read more >

Photo Gallery: California State Finals of We The People


The California State Finals of We the People took place on February 4 in Bakersfield. The Bakersfield Californian newspaper posted eight excellent photos of moments in the competition, which is modeled on simulated congressional hearings    Read more >

We the People claims 10th win at state


The 17 members of the We the People team from Blackfoot High School claimed its 10th win in a row at the Idaho State Competition on Thursday. The team and coaches will be heading to the national finals April 21-24 in Washington, D.C. This is the 30th anniversary of this competition. More than 1,000 students will compete in congressional hearings on government, the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Seven teams competed in the Idaho state event. "This is a really strong team," said the teacher, Holly Kartchner. "Starting next week, the students will do more research and write all new papers for nationals." The We the People team is divided    Read more >



In recognition of their 20th state championship, Tahoma High School’s “We the People” team was honored on Wednesday by the Washington State Senate with a resolution sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah and Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn    Read more >

Eufaula students compete in 'We the People' contest


A class of Eufaula High School students recently competed in the We the People Competition at Samford-Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham and although they did not take first place in the competition, each came away with a unique and wonderful experience    Read more >

PHS students show off knowledge of U.S. Constitution


Twenty-two Pelham High School students in the Law Academy were among 150 students statewide who competed in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution state competition on Jan. 13 at the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham    Read more >

‘We the People’ team ready for state competition


Sheridan High School’s We the People team had a dress rehearsal Monday night at the Sheridan County Fulmer Library    Read more >

St. Joseph's High School We the People Class


St. Joseph High School will be represented in the national “We the People” competition in Washington, D.C., this spring, if the 20 students involved can raise enough money to afford the trip.Qualifying in early December at the Illinois We the People State Hearing in Chicago, the civics class representatives shined.Not bad for a first-time competition of such magnitude, according to SJ-O social studies teacher Marshall Schacht, who coached the group against seven schools in the state finals, including longtime defending champion Maine South, which was the only school to beat SJO.“St. Joseph students succeed at everything,” Schacht said    Read more >

LOHS takes fourth in 'We The People' event


Lake Oswego High School placed fourth in the statewide "We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition on Jan. 21    Read more >

We the People Fishers Jr. High class planninng for trip


Fishers Junior High School eighth grader Gracey Scholl knows many people misunderstand what the We the People competition actually is like    Read more >