April 2014 Newsletter Print E-mail

The Second Annual National Invitational was a resounding success, the We the People National Finals are just around the corner, the U.S. House of Representatives honors We the People students, and more in this month's issue.

We the People Scholars Shine at Second Annual National Invitational

Young constitutional scholars from middle and high schools participated in the Second Annual We the People National Invitational, held April 4-8 at George Mason University in Virginia. After three riveting days of competition, Brown County Junior High School of Nashville, Indiana, and Floyd Central High School of Floyd's Knobs, Indiana, each placed first in their respective divisions. Learn more.

Excitement Growing Over Upcoming We the People National Finals

Students across the nation are finalizing their testimony for the 27th Annual We the People National Finals, which will take place April 25-28 on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and in hearing rooms on Capitol Hill. Over three exciting days of simulated congressional hearings, students will display their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and compete for the national championship. The best way to follow the competition is by liking the Center's Facebook page, where live updates will be streamed. You can also learn more about the competition and view the schedule of events on the National Finals homepage.

Amador Valley High School Honored in California Senate

The Amador Valley High School We the People team was honored in the California State Senate on March 28 for winning the state We the People competition. Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett presented a proclamation to the students.

Call for Consultants to Develop a Critical Thinking Toolkit

The Organization of American States has launched a call for proposals to develop a teacher professional development toolkit on strengthening the critical-thinking skills of students, ages 11-18, in the areas of language arts, science, mathematics, and citizenship education. Learn more.

Summer Seminars at the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution

James Madison's Montpelier offers several unique summer seminars on the U.S. Constitution and related topics that are held on the grounds of Montpelier. Topics this summer include the Presidency and the Constitution and Suffrage in America. There are a limited number of scholarships available for teachers in certain states. Learn more.

Applications Being Accepted for the We the People Summer Institute for VA and DC Educators

The Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution is accepting applications for the We the People Summer Institute for Virginia and District of Columbia educators, to be held from June 29 to July 2 at James Madison's Montpelier. This four-day training is for teachers at the upper elementary through high school grade levels interested in implementing the We the People curriculum in their classrooms. Apply.

How You Can Support Civic Education

The We the People National Finals and National Invitational showcase what can happen when committed teachers supply high-quality civic education to eager young minds. You can help get this proven and engaging curriculum into the hands of more young citizens by making a tax-deductible donation today. Your donation will go directly to research-supported civic education programs that have proven to be effective. Donate.


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This newsletter is a brief bulletin designed to keep you informed about some of the Center for Civic Education's news and events. Information presented includes news from around the country, news from other countries in the Center's Civitas International network, grant and award opportunities, and program updates and clarifications. If you have pertinent material that you would like to include in future newsletters, please contact Erin Smith or John Hale.