We the People News
  • U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $50M For Great Teaching, School Leadership
    Twelve Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) programs were given new grants totaling more than $50 million by the U.S. Department of Education in support to teachers and principals with evidence-based training and professional development. Empowering educators with effective tools and ongoing support is a key part of ensuring every student succeeds in school, their career and their community," said Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement Nadya Chinoy Dabby. The SEED program creates learning and career growth opportunities for aspiring and current educators serving students in high-need schools. It also creates opportunities to take on leadership roles and responsibilities. Among the grantees was the Center for Civic Education, which is conducting the James Madison Legacy Project to provide professional development for teachers across the country.

  • THE GRADE: WE THE PEOPLE GETS MONEY: - The Bakersfield Californian
    The Center for Civic Education, the nonprofit that runs the We the People contest, won $17 million in federal grant funding over three years to better educate teachers in civics, the U.S. Department of Education announced Monday. It was an effort Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy gathered bipartisan support to back this summer and one he was quick to celebrate in the aftermath of announcing his run for House speaker. McCarthy said in a statement the money is “vital grant funding to support civic education in our local schools and across the United States.” “This grant funding will help ensure that teachers have access to training and resources so they can teach our children about what makes the more than 200 year old American experiment unique and great.”

  • Center for Civic Education to get $17M over three years - 23ABC News
    The Center for Civic Education has been awarded $17 million by the US Department of Education to help teachers in classrooms across the country. On Tuesday, Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced the Center for Civic Education would be receiving the grant, which will be paid out over three years. He said the money will help ensure teachers have access to training and resources they need to better educate students. The center's Kern County branch will manage the California program and is expected to train 150 teachers.

  • Americans Know Little About Civic Affairs, But Is Making the U.S. Citizenship Test a High-School Graduation Requirement the Solution - The Atlantic
    Center Associate Director Margaret Branson is quoted in this extensive article on US civic education.

  • 10 ways to celebrate Constitution Day in Indy
    Sept. 17 is Constitution Day, which kicks off a national celebration of Constitution Week (Sept. 17-23), organized by the Daughters of the American Revolution and adopted by Congress in 1956. Outside of schools and historical agencies, the observance doesn’t get much attention, but we thought you might like to know what’s going on locally to celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in September 1787. The Indiana Bar foundation has questions on its website about the U.S. Constitution that parents can review with their children. The same questions are posed to students in fifth, eighth and 12th grades as part of We the People: the Citizen & the Constitution district competitions in November and May. Challenge yourself with some of the questions at Find out more at (317) 269-2415.

  • Happy Constitution Day 2015 - YouTube
    Trumbull High School’s 2015 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution class produced this Constitution Day Video that will air in the school's homerooms on September 17. The video was completely written and filmed by the students over the course of several days.

  • Why do we need government anyway? | Rich Elfers - Enumclaw Courier-Herald
    Richard Elfers, a professor at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington, was a teacher-scholar in the 2015 National Academy for Civics and Government held in Los Angeles.

  • We the People Cited as Impacting Student Engagement
    Jan Brennan of the National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement writes that new research conducted by Diana Owen at Georgetown University on the impact of the We the People program, confirms civic learning can create students who are more inclined to: • Follow, critically consume and enjoy talking about government and political news and issues. • Vote in presidential and local elections. • Serve on a jury. • Feel responsible to be involved in their community. The Center for Civic Education’s interactive We the People curriculum promotes foundations and institutions of American government with a focus on the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Students can apply their learning in a simulated congressional hearing at which they act as members of congress, testifying on historical and contemporary issues.

  • Wauwatosa West's We The People team to present for Constitution Week
    In celebration of Constitution Week — nationally observed by schools and civic groups from Sept. 17 to Sept. 23 — the Annis Avery Hill Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Wauwatosa is kicking off its program season with a presentation from Wauwatosa West's We the People team on Saturday, Sept. 12. A nationwide program, We the People allows students to participate in competitions testing their knowledge of the philosophical and practical implications of the U.S. Constitution. West's We the People team won at the state level for the eighth year in a row in January, and advanced to the national competition in Washington, D.C. "This is the first time we have ever linked up between the two organizations ... this is a natural fit," Annis Avery Hill Chapter Regent Lynn Leider said. The group of West juniors is mentored by West social studies teacher Chad Mateske.

  • Constitutional Literacy: We the People educational program fulfills the Founders' aspirations - Washington Times
    A special section on civic education in the Washington Times features an article by Center Executive Director Chuck Quigley on the We the People program. The section describes the National Constitutional Literacy Campaign, which seeks to address the troubling decline in civics and constitutional literacy by bringing together a diverse group of organizations that educate citizens along the learning spectrum – from kindergarten to adulthood—about our nation’s Constitution and history. The Center is one of the founding partners of the Campaign.