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'We the People' teacher gets Excellence in Education Award

23 Mar 2017

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


Glass Half Full: We The People seeks your support

17 Mar 2017

Recently I received an anonymous (of course) voicemail from somebody who heard an advertisement for Lake Tahoe School and took great exception to a statement about living in a remote location and still being able to find an exceptional education. It's hard to respond to a message left with no identifying information. Had she called at a time when we were in session, I would have done my best to reassure her that those of us who live in Incline Village raise children with truly wonderful opportunities. In some ways, we are tiny and, yes, remote. In others, we are global partners. Many folks who live in large metropolitan areas believe they    Read more >


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

17 Mar 2017

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


East High hosting fundraisers for national We the People trip

16 Mar 2017

Students at East High School need your help to raise money for the National Finals of the We the People competition coming in April. The East High team of 19 students has been selected as the Warren Burger Class for 2017. It's a special designation to honor students from an economically challenged school that demonstrated a high level of academic achievement. The students need to raise ,200 to cover expenses for the trip to Washington D.C. Two fundraisers are coming up. The first is Saturday, March 18. It's a car wash with breakfast starting at 7:00 a.m. at the EBHS campus Mt. Vernon Parking lot. Pre-sale tickets are . The    Read more >


Teacher Perspective: Making a Difference in the Classroom By Robin Lashley, teacher at Middleburg Heights Junior High

15 Mar 2017

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


Hawkins Project Citizen students want to limit underage pot access

14 Mar 2017

Students at Hawkins Middle School are drafting a model bill to help prevent underage use of recreational marijuana. The students in Julie Lester's eighth-grade honors civics class are proposing to make lockable containers available to anyone who purchases marijuana in retail stores. The purpose is for parents to keep their stash out of the hands of minors in the household. The class will present their bill as part of Project Citizen, a state- and nationwide civics competition in which the class participates each year. State legislators are ahead of the students, but not by much. As the class was honing its prevention ideas, Reps. Dan Griffey    Read more >


Hamilton High students prepare for We the People National Finals

12 Mar 2017

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


Lesson in leadership: 8th graders learn democratic process

09 Mar 2017

Eagle River, AK They can't vote, and they're only in the 8th grade, but students at Gruening Middle School in Eagle River are getting some hands-on lessons in how democracy works. 11 social studies classes at the school are taking part in "Project Citizen", a national, non-partisan education program to teach young people how to participate in public policy decisions. Student Grace Karpicke said "it helps us know that even if we're young, we can change or create a public policy." Calvin Daugherty said "even though we're young, we're only like 14, it's like...it just seems so massive. There's this big country and we can actually affect what'    Read more >


Madison Project enhances civics ed

08 Mar 2017

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


Project Citizen prompts public testimony by Eagle River middle schoolers

07 Mar 2017

A trio of Gruening Middle School students took a stand before the Anchorage School Board Monday, urging board members to consider adding substance abuse counselors to local high schools. They were scared, they said, but they didn’t show it. Lauren Waite, Aubrey Roberts and Alyssa Adrian had spent weeks studying their topic, part of an annual eighth-grade assignment known as Project Citizen. The public testimony was one of the final steps. “My favorite part was getting to research it all; getting to find out how many teens use drugs and knowing we can maybe help prevent it,” said Roberts, 14. An initiative of the national Center for    Read more >


Students eye national Constitution contest finals

06 Mar 2017

Twenty-three Marquette Senior High School students will put their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution to the ultimate test in front of a mock congressional committee as part of the “We the People” competition’s national finals in April. The MSHS students took second at the state finals in January held in Lansing, but eventually secured a wildcard spot for the national finals, set for April 21-24 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, near Washington D.C. Fred Cole, social studies teacher and coach for the competition, said MSHS’s teams have finished top three in five of the last six years of competition, with this    Read more >


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

03 Mar 2017

For the last 6 years, Trumbull High School’s We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution Program, under the leadership of Social Studies Teacher Katie Boland, has won the We The People state championship title. With more than 28 million students and 75,000 educators who have participated in the Program since its inception in 1987, that’s a tremendous feat. To up the ante, Boland, as her students call her, a recent Teacher of the Year, is inspiring her kids to learn about the constitution and government to hopefully take home the national title this year. How does Katie Boland motivate her 24 students to learn about our country’s    Read more >


Students heading to We the People National Finals

03 Mar 2017

A team of 23 MSHS students is headed for the 30th annual We the People National Finals competition in Washington, D.C. after finishing second at the State Finals in Lansing in January and receiving a wildcard spot in the national tournament. Marquette has become a fixture at the We the People State Finals, finishing in the top three five of the last six years. This will be their first trip to the National Finals though, in fact they will be the first Michigan team from north of Grand Rapids to compete at the National Finals. “I am very proud of these students,” said their teacher and coach, Fred Cole, an MSHS Social Studies teacher. “    Read more >


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

02 Mar 2017

On Feb. 4, Incline High School finished second at the Nevada State "We the People…the Citizen and the Constitution" competition in Las Vegas and won a "Wild Card" spot at the national competition. It was a fierce competition with the point spread among the top three teams at only 33 points — one of the closest margins in state history. This team of 17 IHS seniors will now head to the National Finals in Washington D.C. this April, when more than 1,500 students from around the country will compete to demonstrate their knowledge of American Government and constitutionalism. During the competition in the nation's capital, the students    Read more >


Capital Region BOCES students three-peat as state champs

02 Mar 2017

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


We the People

01 Mar 2017

With the constitution of the United States being interpreted in a variety of different fashions of late, two teachers at Tukes Valley Middle School in Battle Ground took it upon themselves to teach their students what it exactly says and why it’s important to understand. After being introduced to a program called “We the People: the citizens and the constitution” — a James Madison Legacy Project program, funded by the Center for Civic Education — Linda Korum and Maria Antos, both fifth grade core teachers at Tukes Valley, decided to implement it in their own classrooms. This led them to Federal Way last summer, where they    Read more >


East High We The People team invited to nationals

28 Feb 2017

For the first time, East Bakersfield High School’s We The People team has been invited to Washington, D.C., for a chance to capture the national title. There’s just one problem — it's about ,000 short. East High’s team competed at the regional level this year in We The People, a civics project that organizes high school students into teams of experts to testify before a mock congressional panel on various topics. East didn’t make it to state finals, but last week was awarded the Warren Burger Nomination, which grants admission to the national competition in April to select high-needs schools that performed exceptionally at    Read more >


MARION CENTER: Class excels at 'We the People

27 Feb 2017

This story appeared in our Student News section, appearing every Friday with news written by student reporters from schools around the area. See stories from other high school reporters here. Mr. Chris Peters’ AP Government class participated Feb. 14 in the “We the People” competition against Somerset High School held at Marion Center. This competition consists of questions regarding government laws, the Constitution and government structure that the students must answer before a panel of judges. The team has been preparing for the competition since December, which led them to a 581-503 win over Somerset. The goal of participating in    Read more >


We The People students in "quote-off"

27 Feb 2017

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


We the People program creates civic engagement

18 Feb 2017

Justice Boehm is exactly correct: Civic education has been on a decline in Indiana and throughout the country for decades, due to our desire to compete scientifically and technologically with nations like the former Soviet Union [Boehm: Civic education is necessary to maintain our republic, Jan. 16]. The side effects of the emphasis on science and math have been an overall de-emphasis of civic education. Therefore, we should pay heed to the proven effectiveness of educational programs like We the People. A 2014-15 study by Georgetown University confirmed that We the People students were not only more knowledgeable than their peers on how our    Read more >