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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 >

The need for an educated public: Understanding fake news


Testing Americans ability to recognize Fake News Why was President Abraham Lincoln honored with a hallowed memorial? Most students don’t know. In a National Assessment of Educational Progress test most fourth graders were unable to say why Abraham Lincoln was an important figure, and few high school seniors were able to identify China as the North Korean ally that fought American troops during the Korean War. Overall. 20 percent of fourth graders, 17 percent of eighth graders and 12 percent of high school seniors demonstrated proficiency on the exam. Who is buried in Grant’s tomb? Diane Ravitch, an education historian who was invited    Read more >

NCCE’s Project Citizen Program ends successfully in Central Region of Ghana


Cape Coast, Nov. 15, GNA - The St. Augustine’s College was adjudged winners of this year's Central Region Inter-Schools Project Citizen Competition held in Cape Coast on Tuesday. They beat four other schools, the Ghana National College, Aggrey Memorial Zion SHS, Academy of Christ the King and the Mfantsipim School in the keenly contested event to become champions. For their prize, they received a plaque and copies of the 1992 constitutions while all competing schools were also given copies of the constitution. For that feat, St. Augustine’s College would be representing the Region at the national “Project Citizen-Ghana” competition    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 >

Presidential aides talk personal service


How do former presidents get along? Very well, based on their appearance last month at Texas A&M University for the "One America Appeal Fund" hurricane relief fundraiser; and on the fact all five living former U.S. presidents — Jimmy Carter (39th president), George H.W. Bush (41), Bill Clinton (42), George W. Bush (43) and Barack Obama (44) — recorded messages for a public service announcement about the hurricane relief fundraising efforts within days of being asked to do so. Related Article Jefferson City woman seeks help to reunite family after hurricane Read more Jean Becker, chief of staff for George H.W. Bush, told a forum of    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 >

Education Podcasts Worth Downloading: 60-Second Civics


60-Second Civics It’s been a busy school year for the new, insightful, time-saving podcast from the Center for Civic Education. Offering definitions, explanations, and rapid-fire anecdotes related to civics, government, the Constitution, and American history, the show is a fascinating companion piece to the daily headlines. See the full archive at, and you can subscribe to the show via iTunes    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 >

Luke Fuszard: Ramp up commitment to civic education


‘What year was the United States Constitution written,” I asked. “Was it 1902, 1787, 1802, or 1998?” Mike, the student to whom I posed this question, rolled his eyes at my query as if to say: “You’re kidding, right?” This was, I knew, one of the questions posed on the U.S. citizenship exam for which he was studying. Mike was not a student in the traditional sense, but a Harvard College employee in his mid-forties. He was participating in the school’s Citizenship Tutoring program, in which current students teach American civics to those looking to become naturalized citizens. It was 2008, and I was a student tutor. Over the    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 >

Constitution challenge: Brush up on founding document


It is a simple expression, really, but one that is fundamental to our country. As the beginning of the preamble to our Constitution, it calls us all, as citizens of our democracy, to be active participants in our community, both local and national. As we all wrestle with the issues facing our country, it is more urgent than ever that we all understand the core principles found in our Constitution. To further this aim, the Allen County Bar Foundation has long been a proud supporter of the We the People: The Citizen and Constitution, an inspiring program for local students in elementary, middle and high school in northeast Indiana and    Read more >

Adults can learn about the U.S. Constitution through special class


Adults who want to learn more about the history and application of the U.S. Constitution can attend the "Constitution 101" class offered 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 2 in Meeting Room C of the downtown Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. The class is based on the popular "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" curriculum taught in high schools around the country, an event news release said. It will be taught by Robert Leming, national director of the Center for Civic Education's "We the People" programs. Educational credits won't be offered. This class has been held previously in Fishers and Bloomington, but    Read more >

Students could teach a thing or two


It was both sad and ironic to see the reaction of Kern High School District board member Mike Williams to an opinion piece published recently in this paper. Sad because an official with oversight of a large education system should have more knowledge and restraint, and ironic because schools in Kern have been the recipients of many civic learning awards. In fact, our district is recognized both statewide and nationally as one that leads in the area of civic education. Several schools have received K-12 Civic Learning Awards from the state's chief justice, we have award winning We the People teams, and we host the largest Project Citizen    Read more >

GHS valedictorian wins K for science research


The whiz kid was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar, one of 161 in the nation and the first student from GHS to receive that recognition in more than 14 years. He was the captain of the GHS math team, a member of the GHS We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution team, which competes in history contests, first chair in the band in the French horn and trombone sections, a contributor to the school newspaper, a three-year member of the tennis team and acted in the high school’s musical “Annie” at the end of May    Read more >

Today’s civics lesson


Charles Quigley of the Center for Civic Education has described the need for sustained and systematic improvement of civic education for democracy    Read more >

Staples Students: “We The People”


Supreme Court Associate Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. wrote, “I think that we should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe and believe to be fraught with death, unless they so imminently threaten immediate interference with the lawful and pressing purposes of the law that an immediate check is required to save the country.” Do you agree or disagree with Justice Holmes? Why? That’s a tough question. It takes a ton of work just to understand what Holmes said — let alone figure out what you think, then devise arguments for or against it. It’s especially hard for a teenager. But    Read more >

GearUp Academy offers non-traditional high school experience and Project Citizen


GearUp Academy is gearing up for the upcoming school year. According to Executive Director Winston Stoody of Fenton, it is a non-traditional high school that provides opportunities for students to cultivate a growth mindset and develop the social and emotional skills needed to succeed. Located in the Ferris Wheel Building, 615 S. Saginaw St., Flint, the GearUp program balances academic curriculum with experiential training in recognizing opportunities, critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills, and entrepreneurial thinking, said Stoody. Students in the program: ●earn their high school diplomas ●participate    Read more >

Mark Nolan Hill, music, and Project Citizen


Mark Nolan Hill of Highland Park is a surgeon, professor of surgery, environmentalist and the driving force behind Project Citizen at Elm Place Middle School. His garage band, Dr. Mark and the Sutures, has been together for the past 30 years.A: I paid my way through college and medical school as a wedding singer, but then became a closet rock and roller. My next door neighbor heard me play and in 1987 asked me to form a band for her block party. I gathered together friends who had music as a hobby. The police came because of a noise complaint, but I had taken out the appendix of the officer's son a week earlier so we didn't get arrested. Q:    Read more >

Two New Orleans charter schools walk a progressive path


Two New Orleans charter schools are wrestling with how to become more educationally progressive, and how to be as deeply politically progressive as they want. One started by valuing diversity; the other focused just on academics. For both, it's been a challenging and fruitful path. Collegiate Academies: "I want them to have everything that the most privileged families get" Praised by Oprah, Sci Academy was the very image of a New Orleans post-Katrina success story. Teenagers who sometimes arrived illiterate showed amazing growth. But there was a cost. Sci and its sister school Carver were so strict that families filed a federal civil    Read more >

'We the People’ topic of next LWV luncheon


“Promoting Civic Pride and Competency in Our Schools” will be the topic presented by Collin K. Gruver at the Monday Lunch with the League in Whitlock Hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church from noon to 1 p.m. Gruver, director of civic education programs of the Indiana Bar Foundation, will explain “We the People,” an extraordinary program focused on enhancing students’ understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy and discovering the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The public is invited to learn how this program works and determine if “We the People” might deserve    Read more >

Dion was featured speaker at Indiana We The People Summer Institute


Robert Dion, University of Evansville chair of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society, was a featured speaker at the Indiana We The People Summer Institute held at Indiana University in Bloomington from July 9-13. The event, sponsored by the Indiana Bar Foundation with funding from the Indiana General Assembly, brought together high school and middle school government teachers from Indiana and neighboring states for intensive training on the U.S. Constitution and how it affects modern politics. Professor Dion gave a three hour presentation examining how and why presidential powers have expanded since the American Founding, along    Read more >

We the People - A Great Investment


Last week I had the privilege of attending the annual We the People Teacher's Institute in Bloomington. I served as a judge, as the teachers put on the same type of mock-Congressional hearings they soon will be asking their students to present. It was inspiring to see so many teachers, some new and some experienced, excited about taking We the People into their respective schools and classrooms. I am sure there were some nerves, but the enthusiasm of the teachers overcame any anxiety, and the presentations were a pleasure to participate in. I also had the opportunity to address the group on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Bar    Read more >

Schererville teacher leads elementary education in civics at state event


Donna Spivak, a teacher at Michael Grimmer Middle School in Schererville, led professional development training for other teachers in "We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution" on July 9-13. Spivak was one of 48 teachers from Indiana attending the training, where they received 32 hours of professional educational certification. The "We the People" educational model teaches elementary, middle school and high school students about the institutions of American democracy and contemporary application of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. After a semester of classroom instruction and work in small groups, the students present    Read more >

‘Butterfly Project’ Recognized


HIGHLAND PARK – This years Elm Place School Project Citizen program,” The Doomed Butterly: Save the Monarch Butterfly Migration,” was recognized and featured at the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI) Annual Meeting in June in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Sponsor Dr. Mark Nolan Hill of Highland Park will present a summary of the ceremony to the mayor and City Council at the July 10 City Council Meeting. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is a binational consortium of 130 member cities. It deals with the ecological issues of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River through the member cities Mayors (and/or    Read more >

South HS Project Citizen Presenters


South High School students Josh Hernandez, Meron Ippolito, Ibrahim Mozzawalla and Matt Almonte took part in the Project Citizen program under the guidance of Social Studies Teacher Peter Mastrota. They presented their work before an audience in May. According to the Center for Civic Education, Project Citizen participants work cooperatively to identify a public policy problem in their community. They then research the problem, evaluate alternative solutions, develop their own solution in the form of a public policy, and create a political action plan to enlist local or state authorities to adopt their proposed policy    Read more >

Lessons on civics a sound investment in youth


Last week, eight Kauai Teen Court participants attended jury duty training. Almost every youth who attends Kauai Teen Court is required to be on a jury. A Kauai Teen Court jury is for the purpose of deciding the sanctions a youth will receive for the offense he or she committed. The youth’s case is presented by senior participants in Kauai Teen Court who have been trained as either state attorney or defense attorney. After the case is heard, the jury retires to a different room to deliberate while another case is heard in the mock courtroom. The first question asked in jury duty training is, “Who has heard of or knows what The    Read more >

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 >

Glen Hills Middle School wins award for civic service


This is a 2.5 minute video that gives a great explanation in the voices of the teachers and students about the power of the Project Citizen program    Read more >

Kamiakin students receive Project Citizen award for policy recommendations


On May 20, seventh-grade Quest students from Katherine Enslein’s class at Kamiakin Middle School received the Best Oral Presentation award for their Project Citizen portfolio, which recommends employing full-time school resource officers at schools. The school was one of 14 in the state that participated in the event at the capitol. Students identify a problem in their community, research alternatives, propose a policy solution and develop an action plan. The event is organized by Washington State Legislature Civic Education. Volunteer judges include attorneys, sitting judges, journalists and council members    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 >

Valley Stream students offer solutions for postwar veteran care


South High School held its annual Project Citizen hearing on May 24, during which juniors from Peter Mastrota’s Advanced Placement U.S. History class presented a detailed PowerPoint presentation petitioning the government to improve benefits for veterans    Read more >

We the People/Project Citizen Days at the Capitol


The Oregon State Capitol was the place to be for more than 200 middle school students last month. It was Classroom Law Project’s annual We the People and Project Citizen Days. For the first time ever, students’ Project Citizen portfolios were on display in Governor Brown’s beautiful ceremonial office    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 >

Sixth-graders rise up: Hands off our recess!


Sixth-graders at Holbrook South School know what it’s like to sit off to the side while classmates run around during recess    Read more >

Hermon High School Students Participate in Project Citizen


Students at Hermon High School put their critical thinking skills to work in a community project    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 >

School project Punches Out Polystyrene In Cafeteria And Community


When middle schoolers at the UW Lab School in Laramie first heard they were going to be studying garbage as part of the nation-wide initiative Project Citizen, which promotes democratic engagement, their reactions were about what you’d expect    Read more >

Clearing the Water


I'm part of a group of five Glenwood Springs High School students working on a project called "Project Citizen." Project Citizen is a national program where students find public policy solutions to solve community or state problems    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 >

Students work for lighter backpacks Franklin Phonetic students reach Project Cit...


Franklin Phonetic School’s gifted students might soon be responsible for a public policy on heavy backpacks if their Project Citizen project is selected among at least 10 other groups’ projects, said Franklin Phonetic School teacher Kristi Goeke    Read more >

Community Voices: Put down your phones, kids, and listen


This month Golden Valley High School 11th grade students are engaged in a public policy project based on the Project Citizen curriculum. This process involves an examination of local issues, identification of a problem with either a faulty existing policy or no policy, research of alternative solutions, development of a new policy, and creation of an action plan to work with government to achieve change    Read more >

Butterfly's decline spurs students to promote habitats


Highland Park sixth-grader Cecilia Batt may be too young to vote, but she already knows how to hold an elected official's feet to the fire    Read more >

Help for homeless


I am a junior at Glenwood Springs High School taking a history class called The Fundamentals of American Democracy. In FAD, the final project of the year consists of learning about different public policies and then applying our knowledge to problems in our community — the assignment is called Project Citizen    Read more >

Attention to mental illness


I am a student at Glenwood Springs High School. In my government class, we are tackling the annual Project Citizen assignment. Project Citizen is a research project where students pick an issue that is prominent in their community and create a solution. My group and I have chosen mental health as our topic    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 >

Highland Park Students Protect Monarch Butterflies


The sixth graders joyfully screamed as they released 20 butterflies into the air. This simple childhood pleasure came not from play but months of research during a school effort to save Monarch butterflies from extinction    Read more >



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

We the People, Project Citizen, and Academic Decathlon


Take confidence in our future! I've frequently expressed my concern that the spotlight focuses on youth who are having problems with life. I want to shine the spotlight on young citizens who are healthy persons maturing to healthy adulthood as U.S. citizens. Within the last month, I've had the privilege of serving as a judge for two OUTstanding programs serving our youth: (1) U.S. Academic Decathlon - National competition and (2) Project Citizen with WI state competition both were in Madison    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 >

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 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 >

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



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 >

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 >

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 >