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We The People: Warren E. Burger Class Nomination


Congratulations to the We The People Team!!! They have been selected to represent the State of Virginia in the 31st Annual We The People National Finals in Washington, DC in April. We the People Team will prepare for the National Finals Competition during 21st Century Learning Community Session after school, only. (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). To ensure that the students instructional time is not impeded upon as we move into the Spring SOL Testing Sessions    Read more >



HON. JAMES A. HIMES of connecticut in the house of representatives Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Mr. HIMES. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Trumbull High School's first place finish at Connecticut State University's We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition. Every year, thousands of high school students contend in state and national We the People competitions, in which participants explore and debate the origins and import of our nation's Constitution. Trumbull High School students have long excelled in this competition. Their victory    Read more >

Carolina Forest High School's We the People team shines at state competition


What are the philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system? 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? Those are the headings of the three out of six units the Carolina Forest High School team aced at the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition in Lexington, bringing CFHS in as first runner-up. AP government teacher and We the People coordinator JJ Iagulli’s team consisted of Ramy Alawar, Sandra Ataalla, Kareem Barbis,    Read more >

Wyoming Chief Justice Praises the We the People Program


(Remarks begin at 1:11:00 of the recording) Chief Justice Burke began his State of the Judiciary address before the joint Session of the Legislature with praise for We the People. It was very thoughtful and he thanked Matt Strannigan for making the program possible. He spoke about We the People and what knowledgeable and informed citizens it creates    Read more >

Boonsboro High School senior excels in classroom, on basketball court


Ellie Connelly is a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court and in the classroom. The 17-year-old senior at Boonsboro High School is president of the National Honor Society and captain of the girls varsity basketball team. She's a coach with "We the People," a school program that helps students understand the Constitution, and also competes on the unified track and field team. "In my freshman year, I got so interested in everything and I wanted to do everything," Ellie said. "My mom said 'what would you do if you weren't so involved?' I said, 'I don't know what I would do with my time.'" Ellie's school week not only includes her    Read more >

Clay County High School's Government and Politics Class wins State Championship in “We the People” competition


Congratulations to the West Virginia State “We the People” Champions. Clay County High School’s Advance Placement Government & Politics class, taught by Mr. Philip Dobbins, traveled to Charleston on February 1, 2018 to compete in the “We the People” state competition. This is a competition where students demonstrate their knowledge of the Constitution and current issues in mock congressional style hearings. Each school participating must divide their classes into six teams. These six teams prepare a four-minute verbal response to a constitutional question and then are asked follow up questions by a team of three judges for six    Read more >

Amador, Foothill headed to 'We the People' national finals


The competitive civics teams from both Amador Valley and Foothill high schools are heading to Washington, D.C. in April, representing California for the "We the People" national finals. Amador won the state regionals while Foothill placed second in the same tournament, held in Bakersfield on Feb. 1-2. As the winner, Amador automatically earned a spot at the national competition, while Foothill was chosen as a wild-card selection to also compete in D.C. The finals will be held from April 27 to May 1. "We are extremely proud of our Amador and Foothill student competitors," Superintendent David Haglund said. "It almost goes without saying    Read more >

We the People: Pleasanton High Schools Heading to National Competition


For the first time in the Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) history, both Amador Valley High School and Foothill High School competitive civics teams will represent California at the We the People National Finals in Washington D.C. At the We the People State Competition held on February 1-2, 2018 in Bakersfield, California, Amador Valley High School’s team finished in first place and Foothill’s team earned second place. As the first place team, Amador Valley High School earns a spot at the National Competition. On Friday, February 9, Foothill High School’s competitive civics team was announced as the ‘wild card’ selection,    Read more >

Senate honors Tahoma High’s ‘We the People’ team


The Washington State Senate today honored Tahoma High School’s “We the People” team with a resolution sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, and Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, in recognition of the school’s 22nd state championship. “Since I was elected in 2012, I’ve had the honor of introducing a resolution each year recognizing teams from Tahoma High,” Mullet said. “I’m continually impressed by their dedication and enthusiasm. This is a great program that increases civic participation and strengthens democracy, and we couldn’t be prouder of their achievements.” The team will represent the state of Washington later this    Read more >

Black River students place second in state We the People civics competition


Black River students placed second in the “We The People” civics state championship on Jan. 12. “We The People” is a competition run by the Center for Civic Education, which is dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries. The organization, with help from sponsors, runs state competitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Mariana Islands, as well as a national competition. During the competition, panels of students are tested on their knowledge of civics, law and politics    Read more >

Meridian team wins We the People Competition


Students from the Meridian Medical Arts Charter High School civics program took home first and second place in the Idaho state finals of the We the People Competition. The competition was held Jan. 30 in Boise. This is the first time in more than a decade that a team from the Treasure Valley won the competition, according to Meridian Medical Arts Charter social studies teacher Blake Gaudet. The students qualified for the national competition, which will take place in April in Washington, D.C. The competition is sponsored by the Center for Civic Education    Read more >

Nevada State Competition video leads the 5:00 pm news


CBS channel KTVN covered the Nevada State Finals of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Competition and ran this informative piece at the beginning of the 5:00 pm news    Read more >

Young constitutional scholars at Easthampton High School win statewide 'We the People' competition


BOSTON -- "Greek and Roman history has revealed that thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero thought that although democracies may begin well, they tend to end in tyranny. What was Aristotle's thinking about different forms of government? Which did he prefer, and how might his ideas have influenced the Framers of the Constitution?" No cheating. Go. Your classmates are depending upon you, and a team of judges are listening and taking notes. An academic team from Easthampton High School fielded a series of such questions Saturday to win the statewide "We the People" competition, prevailing over top schools across Massachusetts. The    Read more >

We The People first Sheridan High School team to five-peat


Sheridan High School has a history of dynastic programs. The Broncs football team recently won its third consecutive state title, and Sheridan captured four straight football championships in the early 1990s. But a Sheridan team had never taken home five state titles in a row — until last week, when SHS won the Wyoming We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution championship in Laramie for the fifth straight year. The team will now compete in the 31st annual We The People National Finals in Washington, D.C., beginning April 27. “I think it’s the hallmark of an outstanding academic program in Sheridan,” We The People state    Read more >

Fishers High School wants national championship in constitution competition


Fishers High School is already the state champion in a civics program called We the People. Now the team of students, who care deeply about the United States Constitution and the country, prepare to compete for a national championship in Washington, D.C. April 27 – May 1. Four team members delivered a practice presentation for WTHR in a classroom after school recently. "Citizens should demand the leaders of both political parties hold their members accountable,” said one boy reading a four-minute group prepared paper. The students testify before a panel of judges on constitutional issues and government policies, answering questions    Read more >

Students, teacher of the year visit Annapolis


They got a tour of the statehouse, had their picture taken with Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and a few of them sat in on a news conference with Gov. Larry Hogan. In all, 21 Boonsboro High School students and 15 from Williamsport High had a full day Thursday in Annapolis. They were members of the schools' "We the People" classes. The Boonsboro class visited the Senate, and the Williamsport class observed the House. At lunchtime, they heard from members of the Washington County delegation and Amie Hoeber, candidate for Congress from the Sixth District. Washington County's Teacher of the Year also was in Annapolis on Thursday. Western Heights    Read more >

‘We the People’ group honored


The Richmond School Board’s True Blue Moment, which looks at good things happening in the district, at a recent meeting recognized Dr. Mark Ladd and his “We the People” group at Richmond High School. The group attends competitive competitions against other schools where they make a presentation and then answer questions related to the topic. Several students took a moment to share how much knowledge they have gained about the U.S. Constitution and also feeling less apprehensive about speaking in public    Read more >

Boonsboro senior helps 'We The People' team to fourth nationals trip


In the classroom and on the soccer field, Connor Blair has learned the value of teamwork. The 17-year-old Boonsboro High School senior said teamwork continues to be a central theme behind the success of the school's "We The People" team, which recently won its third straight state title while punching its ticket to nationals in April. "So far, it's been a lot of fun," said Connor, who joined the team this year. "It's been really easy because the group gels well. It's really fun working with them." The group of 19 juniors and seniors, plus two student coaches, were divided into six units that cover different subject areas for the    Read more >

On to Nationals!


Twenty-three Spearfish High School seniors will travel to Washington, D.C., this spring to represent the state in a national competition focused on the U.S. Constitution. Patrick Gainey, who teaches history and government classes at the high school and coordinates the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Program, said it would be the 19th time Spearfish represents the state at the national competition since he took over teaching the class. The We the People program promotes civic competence and responsibility for upper elementary and secondary students. The program was created in 1987, directed by the Center for Civic Education and    Read more >

UVA hosts Virginia high school We the People state finals


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- High school students from across Virginia gathered at the University of Virginia on Friday for the We the People state finals. We the People is a national program that educates students about history and the principles of the U.S. Constitution. Students from each of the eight Virginia high schools were divided and quizzed on different units in a simulated congressional hearing scenario. The units they were questioned on ranged from the Philadelphia Convention to present issues like immigration policy. Maggie. L Walker Governor's School in Richmond was the winner of last year's Virginia state finals, as    Read more >

Sheridan High School five-peats in civics, government competition


The team from Sheridan High School, led by coach Michael Thomas, won its fifth state title in as many years in the Wyoming We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution finals Monday at the Laramie Hilton Garden Inn and University of Wyoming Conference Center. This was the first year Thomas coached the Sheridan team, replacing long-time coach Tyson Emborg. Green River High School finished as state runner-up. Twenty Wyoming high schools competed in one of the most rigorous education courses offered in the study of civics and government. The We the People program is one of the most extensive education programs in the country on the    Read more >

Sheridan High School We the People Team Wins at State


Sheridan High School's We the People team won its fifth consecutive state championship in competition earlier this week in Laramie. We the People sponsor Mike Thomas said the win means that the team will now compete in the national We the People finals, which will be held in Washington D.C. on the last weekend in April. Thomas said We the People was created in 1987. Thomas said there are currently 25 students on the Sheridan High School team. He said the team is part of the high school's Advanced Placement American government and politics course. Students who take the course are required to participate in the We the People program. Thomas    Read more >

'We the People' classes heading to Annapolis


The Washington County Republican Central Committee is sponsoring two local high schools’ “We the People” classes on a trip to Annapolis, where they will meet their legislators and the governor. On Thursday morning, school buses full of ​students​, teachers, central committee members and Washington County Republican Club officers will leave from Williamsport and Boonsboro high schools and head to Annapolis for the day. Upon arrival at the statehouse, one group will go to the Senate and the other to the House of Delegate’s chambers to watch the session open for the day. The local visitors will be recognized by members of the    Read more >

new course offerings


The West Plains R-7 School Board of Education met this week to review and approve the 2018-2019 list of high school courses and calendar, and a proposed information technology program at South Central Career Center (SCCC). The social studies department will introduce the James Madison Legacy Project, a first-semester offering for juniors and seniors. The project, spearheaded by the Center for Civic Education under the U.S. Department of Education, is a three-year nationwide initiative aimed at increasing student understanding of civics and government. The same department will introduce a new elective course studying U.S. wars    Read more >

Marquette Senior High School Team takes 3rd in “We The People”


ABC 10 reports that the Advanced Placement government class at Marquette Senior High School placed third in the “We The People: the Citizen and the Constitution” competition at the State Capitol in Lansing over the weekend. The team has been a high finisher for years. “The kids did an excellent job, it’s the best performance we’ve had by any group in the 14 years we’ve been doing this. They really were outstanding,” Said AP Government Teacher Fred Cole. They also got a chance to meet with State Representative Sara Cambensy. “It was really nice, she got us on the floor of the House of Representatives, she greeted the kids and    Read more >

Fishers Junior High ‘We The People’ team hoping to become back-to-back national champs


This WISH-TV story is accompanied by a three-minute video about the Fishers Junior High “We The People” team having the opportunity to become back-to-back national champions. They could use some help to make it happen. We The People is a citizen and Constitution program, teaching kids a variety of government and civics topics. There are 30 kids on the Fishers Junior High School team. They are split into six units, learning about the Constitution, application of law, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and voting to name a few. The kids go through a five-step tryout process and spend time each day in their We The People class to learn    Read more >

Belmont students learn about legislative process from state senator who participated in We the People as a student


Fourth-graders at Belmont Elementary School have been a captive audience this semester as they learn about the three branches of government. They’ve already read numerous books on the subject, including “The Birth of the American Democracy” and “A Day in the Senate.” On Jan. 12, they heard firsthand from a Nebraska state senator and LPS alum what it’s like to be front and center in the legislative process. State Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln visited the school and told the story of her personal political journey - from a curious high school student active in “We the People” debate competitions to a first-term state senator    Read more >

‘A laser focus’: We the People grad named 2018 Lilly Scholar


Seventeen-year-old Grace Jackson is like most high school students. She enjoys watching Netflix, reading fantasy novels, drinking coffee and spending time with friends. She also dreams of being a Supreme Court justice, and she thinks setting up mitigation strategies would be “so fun.” On Dec. 15, it was announced that Jackson would receive a full scholarship to any Indiana college as the county’s 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Her love for the U.S. Constitution and laws that govern the land began in eighth grade, when she was a member of the last local We the People team to win the national competition in Washington, D.C    Read more >

Boonsboro High We the People team wins state competition


The We the People team from Boonsboro High School earned the state championship on Jan. 4 in competition with two schools from Baltimore and Charles counties. Boonsboro will participate in the national We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition from April 27 to May 1 in Leesburg, Va. In the simulated congressional hearing, students “testify” before a panel of judges. They demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues. The goal of We the People is to promote civic competence and    Read more >

Robert C. Byrd High School seniors heading to Charleston for state 'We The People' competition


A group of 21 seniors from Robert C. Byrd High School will travel to Charleston Tuesday to participate in the “We The People” mock congressional hearing. Under the instruction and supervision of AP U.S. Government teacher Greg Phillips, the students competed in November at the district level, where they were chosen as the class to represent District I in state competition. “It’s a mock congressional hearing, but it’s rooted in testifying about constitutional issues,” Phillips said. “There’s a lot of philosophical conversations and philosophical writing that has to happen before we go.” The students have to take abstract    Read more >

Cambensy welcomes Marquette High School students to the State Capitol


LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - State Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) invited a class from Marquette Senior High School onto the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday afternoon during their visit to the Capitol for a statewide civic competition. Citizens are only allowed on the floor when accompanied by a legislator. Having worked as the director of adult and community education at Marquette Area Public Schools for the last 10 years, Cambensy said she missed working with students. She addressed the students while on the floor about her experiences in the Legislature, answered questions and wished them well in their competition. “I’m    Read more >

Boonsboro High's We the People Team Wins State Championship


The We the People team from Boonsboro High School earned the state championship on January 4, 2018, in competition with two schools from Baltimore and Charles counties. Boonsboro will participate in the national We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition in Leesburg, Virginia from April 27 – May 1, 2018. In the simulated congressional hearing, students “testify” before a panel of judges. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues. The primary goal of We the People is to    Read more >

New year, new displays of brains and talent for Kern County students


January commences five months of high energy, intense academic events and competitions administered by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office. From mid-January through the end of the academic year in May, thousands of students will exhibit their knowledge and skills in a dozen language arts, history, government, mathematics, science and fine arts events based on state curriculum standards. Winning at the county level can mean a trip to state and perhaps national venues for those who have been diligently preparing since the school year began last August. Feb. 2-3 We the People Congressional Hearings, state finals, Golden Valley    Read more >

Tester holds town hall with Flathead high schoolers


Local high school students got a chance to meet one of their senators Friday morning during a town hall meeting held just for them. It was all part of Democratic Sen. Jon Tester's #Montennial Tour. He's been touring the state of Montana and meeting with young people face to face. "I've done a lot of these," said Tester. "It's one of the neat things that I really, really enjoy, is visiting with kids, because for the most part there's no political agenda." Over 100 students from Whitefish, Columbia Falls and Stillwater Christian School convened at Glacier High School's performance hall to ask Tester a variety of questions. They questioned    Read more >

Civic Health and Civic Engagement in Indiana


This is a video interview about the Indiana Civic Health index that was presented on WFYI, Ft. Wayne public television, that includes references to We the People, the Citizen and the Constitution. What is Civic Health, and how do Hoosiers fare when we take a close look at their civic engagement? Measuring everything from voter turnout to participation in community groups to how often families eat dinner together, the Indiana Civic Health Index reveals Indiana residents excel - and where there's room for change. Our guests are retired Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard, Indiana Bar Foundation Executive Director Charles    Read more >

We the People team crowned state champs


Trumbull High’s We the People team won its seventh consecutive citizen and Constitution competition state championship last week. The 29 seniors in Katie Boland’s AP/ECE Government/Constitutional Studies class beat St. Joseph’s High School, Greenwich High School, Immaculate High School, South Windsor High School, Staples High School and Torrington High School in the competition, held at Central CT. State. The students began their preparation at the start of the school year as they became experts testifying on constitutional issues in a simulated congressional hearing. The competition involved entire classes making presentations and    Read more >

We the People on to state competition


Jackson Hole High School students are riding their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution to a state competition. Students from We the People, the school’s Constitution team, aced the district qualifier in Casper on Dec. 4 and will compete Jan. 22 against six teams at the state final in Laramie. It’s the third year in a row Jackson students have qualified under the leadership of teacher Jim Rooks. Students worked also with judges and attorneys to learn about the document and its practical application in modern politics. They competed in teams of five on a variety of units, including the document’s history and foundations, its creation, the    Read more >

Civics alive and well here


“What role, if any, should the United States play in helping war-torn nations or promoting democratic ideas and principles around the world?” This was just one of the many questions high school students prepared for in the annual “We the People” state competition recently held in downtown Indianapolis. The primary goal of the “We the People” program is to promote civic competence and responsibility among Indiana’s elementary, middle and high school students. The program, administered in our state by the Indiana Bar Foundation, is a classroom curriculum focused on enhancing students’ understanding of the institutions of    Read more >

Trumbull High wins Constitution competition


Trumbull High School has taken another first place at Central Connecticut State University’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition. “It gets more and more competitive each and every year,” said Katie Boland, a social studies teacher at Trumbull High and the team’s coach in this competition. Staples High School, of Westport, took second place, while Greenwich High placed third. Monday’s victory marked the 23rd championship for Trumbull High, and the seventh straight with Boland as coach. The 29 seniors who make up the winning team are also in the school’s Advanced Placement U.S. Government/Constitutional    Read more >

We the People competition a success


Wednesday night’s “We the People” competition at the Marion County Courthouse was a success! First off, we had 100 percent attendance. Secondly, our Career Academy class will go on to represent our district at the state “We The People” event in February. One group in particular had a nearly perfect score of 177/180. We did a plus/delta with the students and we identified areas for improvement. In particular, we have set a goal for our students to improve their professionalism, especially when they are not presenting. There are many individuals to thank and we look forward to everyone’s continued support. Lastly, we are looking    Read more >

‘We The People’ helps students explore Constitution


For one night this week at the Marion County Judicial Center, high school seniors sat in chairs usually occupied by lawyers. Some put printed note sheets out in front of them on the counsel tables, others gripped prepared note cards. The students sat in groups of four, ready to discuss key values and ideas of the U.S. Constitution as classmates watched from the gallery and judges watched from the bench. As part of We The People, a program developed in 1987 to teach students about the history and principles of the Constitution, teams of students from two Marion Technical Institute Career Academy classes and one Trinity Catholic High School    Read more >

The NH Bar and We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution


On Friday, December 8, students from Hollis Brookline High School, John Stark Regional High School and Milford High School converged on the Legislative Office Building in Concord to testify before panels of judges, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy. Following the “Mock” Congressional Hearings, students, teachers, parents and supportive visitors joined an awards ceremony honoring each student individually with a 2017 We the People medallion. Group achievement in each of the 6 Units of study was also recognized with Unit awards. Students from Hollis Brookline High School    Read more >

Woodside 3rd, Homestead 5th in We the People contest


Two Allen County schools finished in the top five last weekend at a statewide competition for students studying the U.S. Constitution. Homestead High School and Woodside Middle School finished fifth and third, respectively, in the We the People competition Dec. 10-11 in Indianapolis. Run by the Indiana Bar Foundation, We the People teaches students about civics through lessons and debates on history, law and the Constitution. The state competition featured teams from 14 high schools and middle schools. Top-rated teams are eligible to advance to the national competition held in Washington, D.C., in May. Last year, North Side High School went    Read more >

Fishers students top We the People competition


Two schools from Fishers took home first place honors from the 2017 Indiana We the People state finals held in Indianapolis Dec. 10 to 12. Fishers High School and Fishers Junior High School both finished at the top of the high school and middle school competitions, respectively. The win was a repeat for Fisher Junior High which placed first in the middle school contest in 2016. Now the two teams can compete in the national We the People competitions in the spring of 2018. More than 600 students from across Indiana participated in this year’s state championships, including several from schools new to the We the People program. During the    Read more >

Civic education endowment started in McKinney’s honor


To support its civic education programs, the Indiana Bar Foundation is starting an endowment and will name it after one of the civic education’s biggest cheerleaders – the late Larry McKinney, senior judge with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The Honorable Larry J. McKinney Endowed Fund for Civic Education was unveiled during the Indiana Bar Foundation’s 2017 Awards Dinner held Sunday night in Indianapolis. Funds given in memory of the McKinney after his unexpected death in September are being used to start the endowment which is hoped will reach at least ,000. “I think it’s a fitting tribute,”    Read more >

We the People state finals this weekend


This weekend, local students will compete in downtown Indianapolis in the state finals for the We the People competition. Plainfield High School as well as Covenant Christian High School will compete along with 12 other area schools from across the state. “We’re really excited about it,” Covenant Christian government teacher Kyle Wilson said. “We tend to go to state every year, and we have a lot of really tough competition. Indiana is one of the toughest states as far as national competition is concerned, so there has been a lot of preparation." Wilson said his students have worked very hard. “I have a really good group,” he    Read more >

Education issues in Bakersfield


Three education issues Fong and Salas need to pay attention to There are currently three issues related to education in California worthy of the attention of our assemblymen, Vince Fong (CA34) and Rudy Salas (CA32). First, the teacher shortage could be addressed by allowing veteran teachers who are near retirement to job share with another veteran teacher without harm to their “bottom line” retirement. Many teachers would work longer and continue to contribute if a half day were possible. Second, the Assembly should consider a bill that would require all administrators to spend one day per quarter substitute teaching in a classroom.    Read more >

Combs Middle School to participate in "We the People" program


SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) During the month of December, Combs Middle School students will be participating in “We the People.” We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Program's goal is to promote civic competence and responsibility. 8th grade social studies students, will engage in the program’s culminating activity. Students will “testify” before a panel of judges acting as members of Congress, to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and they will have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues    Read more >

Joplin High School Constitution Team Wins We the People State Competition


They haven't been elected, but a group of Joplin High School students will descend on Washington, D.C., this spring all the same. The JHS We the People Constitution Team on Monday won the state-level competition in Columbia after participating in six mock congressional hearings. The next step will be representing Missouri at the national event in April of next year. Directed by the nonprofit and nonpartisan Center for Civic Education, the We the People competition seeks to teach high school students the basic tenets of the U.S. Constitution and how they apply to the country’s democracy and the everyday lives of its citizens. "We've been    Read more >

Centennial High School wins ‘We the People' regional championship


Centennial High School's 'We The People' was crowned regional champions over the weekend. On Saturday, nearly 200 local high school students competed in the annual 'We The People' congressional hearings competition at Golden Valley High School. In the end, it was Centennial High School that took home the victory in the regional competition, according to Kern County Superintendent of Schools. During the competition, students use their knowledge of civics, history and law to present a four-minute testimony before a panel comprised of civic leaders and community scholars. Each school presents testimony in two rounds of six "units" or mock    Read more >

High schoolers strut their constitutional knowledge


Madeline Wilson and Abigail Kluttz, both seniors at Calvary Lutheran High School in Jefferson City, told a panel of judges it’s likely now more than ever that the U.S. could see an additional political party develop. The two students explained the history of political parties in the U.S. and what role parties play during a competition Monday. Wilson said during an interview it’s imperative for her generation to be educated about the government in order to be good citizens and good voters. “This is our country and we’re going to grow up to be the leaders of it someday, so it’s really important to know why we believe what we    Read more >

Competition challenges students' U.S. history knowledge


Students from around Kern County put their knowledge of U.S. history to the test on Saturday. Seniors from schools across the county participated in the We the People Congressional Hearings competition, hosted by Golden Valley High School. Students from schools in both the 21st and 23rd congressional districts gave oral presentations on topics relating to the U.S. Constitution and responded to questions from government teachers and other local experts. Centennial High School from the 23rd District and Arvin High School from the 21st district won in their districts. Centennial was chosen as the overall winner of the competition for earning the    Read more >

Homestead students vying to win state 'We the People'


Some students at Homestead High School settled in Friday – after a fire alarm interrupted the start of class – to learn about and debate portions of the U.S. Constitution. The students, mostly juniors, are in Sara Warfield's “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” class. The semester-long course is a combination of history, civics and law that aims to interest students in the Constitution and issues surrounding the document upon which the U.S. government is based. It is designed to be interactive, and the 17 students in the class at Homestead will take part in a state competition with 13 other high schools next weekend    Read more >

We the People compete to know our rights at Silverado High School


AP Government is not only a class that prepares for the AP exam, but a class which integrates the We the People program. Some students are preparing to compete against other schools with judges asking them questions based on their comprehension of history. “The mission is to make sure students know about their rights and how their government can positively or negatively affect them, and to create well-informed and skillful, knowledgeable citizens,” said teacher Melanie Pavlides. Mrs. Pavlides is teaching AP U.S. government for her first time this year, preparing the students for their AP exam in May. “Our main goal is to compete against    Read more >

High school sends team to US Constitution competition


A team from Jackson Hole High School will pit their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights against that of other students. On Monday more than 400 students from around the state will face off in Casper in the Wyoming Congressional District Qualifier of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution. Students from Arvada-Clearmont, Casper Kelly Walsh, Casper Natrona, Cheyenne Central, Cheyenne East, Cody, Glenrock, Green River, Kemmerer, Lander, Laramie, Newcastle, New Frontier, Niobrara, Riverside, Saratoga, Shoshoni, Sheridan and Upton will join Jackson students, coached by teacher Jim Rooks. Twenty schools is the largest    Read more >

Voucher Programs and the Constitutional Ethic


In an article to be published in an academic journal, Professor Sheila Kennedy writes about voucher programs and the constitutional ethic. She cites the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program as a curriculum that can be used in private schools as well as public schools to help students understand American constitutionalism. The article will be posted here after its publication in a journal    Read more >

The James Madison Legacy Project: Training Teachers to Educate Underprivileged Students About Their Rights as Citizens


Well-informed teachers are critical to the success of any education system, but most four-year degrees scarcely scratch the surface on the topic of government education. With this in mind, the Center for Civic Education started The James Madison Legacy Project to train teachers to better present key subjects, like government, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. These subjects are especially important at high-needs schools because they teach students about their rights as citizens and emphasize key skills, like public speaking and teamwork, that tend to translate well in the working world. Early research results show the program is    Read more >

It’s Time to Strengthen—Not Reduce!—History in Our Classrooms


This week we marked the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Sadly, this is one of the many facts of which students in our public schools are largely unaware. It’s long past time for that to change. In recent years, much effort has rightfully been devoted to improving math and science education, while U.S. history education has been marginalized. Consequently, American students score better in math and science than they do in civics on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. When Horace Mann founded the first public school system in Massachusetts, he envisioned it as a way to safeguard our democracy by    Read more >

JMLP events for the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education


The Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education partnered with Arkansas educators to organize the James Madison Legacy Project, a teachers’ workshop for civics education, funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the Supporting Effective Educator Development program. Louisiana teachers traveled to the University of Central Arkansas for a six-day teachers’ workshop on the We the People civics curriculum. LCLCE Director Peggy Cotogno and two Louisiana We the People teaching mentors, Chris Totaro and Jamie Staub, also attended the program. Seen here are teachers and mentors at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. You    Read more >

Students Demonstrate Constitutional Knowledge at State Showcase


More than 150 Ohio middle school students will compete in the Ohio Middle School We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution State Showcase at Columbus State Community College. For We the People, a program of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, students participate in simulated congressional hearings. They showcase their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles by evaluating, presenting, and defending positions on historical and contemporary issues. After providing a prepared answer to the competition questions, students answer follow-up questions from judges including college professors, judges, attorneys, and    Read more >



Teacher's Institutes and Professional Development In a collaboration with the Justice Resource Center, Justice For All developed and presented, with the integral participation of federal judges, faculty from numerous law schools, and practicing lawyers, a week-long summer professional development program for New York City and Albany, NY, teachers. Held each summer since 2016, the program focuses on the teaching of a comprehensive high school civics education curriculum ("We the People"). The teachers who participate in this special program are selected from among those working in schools in economically challenged areas. On June 29 through    Read more >

Five WCPS High Schools Participating in District We the People Competition on November 14


HAGERSTOWN, MD (November 6, 2017) – Students from Boonsboro, North Hagerstown, Smithsburg, South Hagerstown and Williamsport high schools will participate in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution annual Simulated Congressional Hearing Competition on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held at Maugansville Bible Brethren Church. In the simulated congressional hearing, students “testify” before a panel of judges. The judges include representatives from state and local government, as well as other community leaders. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional    Read more >

Grimmer Middle School teacher Donna Spivak: High energy class promotes higher thinking skills


When you walk into Donna Spivak's fifth-grade classroom at Grimmer Middle School, it's obvious the children love her — and they're learning. Spivak, who has been a teacher for 33 years, has taught English/language arts, and for the first time in many years is teaching math and science. She conveys her love of the subjects to the students in every activity they undertake. During an afternoon at home, Spivak was busy on the internet researching new ways to keep her students excited about learning. For the first time this year, Spivak is going to have her students act as "math ambassadors" to first graders at Watson Elementary School, which    Read more >

A dialogue with a future lawyer about free speech


Arjun Ahuja, a now-graduated senior from Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Lucy Mini, a rising senior at Greenwich High, competed in and won the ConSource-Harlan Institute Virtual Supreme Court Competition held in 2017 in Washington, D.C. They successfully argued the Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, 582 U.S. ___ (2017) case. As their teacher and coach, I (Aaron Hull) couldn’t be prouder of their tremendous accomplishment. Following this phenomenal competition, we were asked to write about studying free speech and teaching about free speech. When Arjun and I were discussing our options for writing a    Read more >

Freedom of expression: Why and how should it be taught?


Adolf Hitler, leader of the Nazi Party, took power in 1933 when he became chancellor of the German government. His death in 1945 marked the end of his absolute rule as dictator of the German people. He precipitated one of the most catastrophic periods in human history, in which millions of people died not only on the battlefield, but also in his attempt to eliminate all of the Jews in Europe, as well as homosexuals, gypsies, and the mentally ill and handicapped, who were considered “needless eaters.” He began the first year of his reign by eliminating the political opposition. An early step he took to attain this goal was to eliminate all    Read more >

NH students tackle tough questions as civics lessons sharpen their minds


It's the last block of the day on a perfect fall afternoon, but the energy level is soaring inside Dave Alcox's classroom at Milford High School. Even after the bell rings, students linger to finish an impassioned debate about the First Amendment. This is "We the People," a civics education curriculum that explores the Constitution and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Last week, Alcox's students were presenting the arguments in landmark Supreme Court cases. The issues were weighty - and relevant. Can schools mandate drug testing for students in extra-curricular activities? Can a principal bar a school newspaper from publishing    Read more >

Judges take Constitution into schools


Judges Wendy Davis and David Avery weren't dressed the part when they spoke to students at two schools last month, but the lack of their black robes didn't lessen the impact of their lessons. The Allen Superior Court judges visited Canterbury Middle School and Woodlan Elementary School as Indiana courts recognized Constitution Day. The U.S. Constitution was signed Sept. 17, 1787. They were met with energetic, engaged students, said John McGauley, court executive. Davis visited Canterbury, and Avery went to Woodlan. “These kids found this interesting,” McGauley said. “ ... Neither of them had to drag answers out of people.” Both    Read more >

GHS National History Day Winners Honored at Board of Education Meeting


In the National History Day competition a set of very busy seniors were recognized by coach Aaron Hull, Greenwich Schools Superintendent Dr. Jill Gildea and the Board of Education at the Sept 14 meeting for their success at the National History Day competition. Michelle Xiong won for her an individual senior documentary. Her project was entitled, “Governor Ralph Lawrence Carr: A Politician’s Stand for Japanese American Rights During World War II.” “The relevance of Michelle’s work on Ralph Lawrence Carr in today’s political climate is a remarkable testament to the power of history to educate,” said We The People coach Aaron Hull    Read more >

Councilman to share U.S. history in weekly lectures


Rob McCoy, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Godspeak, is presenting a lecture series on American government. The hourlong talks will be at 7 p.m. every Wednesday through the end of October at the church, 2697 Lavery Court, Ste. 14, Newbury Park. There is no cost to attend. McCoy, a member of the Thousand Oaks City Council, has a bachelor’s degree in history. The series will be nonpartisan and for people of all faiths. According to an email provided by the church, McCoy will offer a “healthy, historical look at our American government, how it is relevant and how it is shaping our future.” “(Rob) is quite a patriotic man who deeply    Read more >

Education focus, testing on history, civics critical to well-informed citizenry


September 17 marks the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Sadly, this is one of the many facts of which students in our public schools are largely unaware. It's long past time for that to change. In recent years, much effort has rightfully been devoted to improving math and science education, while U.S. history education has been marginalized. Consequently, American students score better in math and science than they do in civics on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. When Horace Mann founded the first public school system in Massachusetts, he envisioned it as a way to safeguard our democracy by educating    Read more >