February 2015 Newsletter Print E-mail

An award honoring civics and government teachers, a We the People student's inspiring story, National Academy applications being accepted, and more in this month's issue.


Great Civics Teachers Should Be Recognized! Apply Today for the American Civic Education Teacher Awards

The Center is now accepting applications for the 2015 American Civic Education Teacher Awards. Each year the ACETA program selects and showcases three teachers who have done exemplary work in preparing young people to become informed and engaged citizens. Apply by April 15 to be considered for this prestigious honor. Learn more.

This We the People Student's Story Will Inspire You

It's tough being a high school student: there are the normal challenges of doing well academically, taking the SAT, and applying for colleges. We the People students spend hours preparing for hearings, learning about the Constitution and how to work as a team. But Naomi Jackson faced challenges that were truly extraordinary-and her story will inspire you. From our friends at ConSource. Learn more.


Applications Being Accepted for the National Academy for Civics and Government

Apply by March 2 for the NEH Summer Institute/National Academy for Civics and Government on Political and Constitutional Theory for Citizens. This unique professional development event will take place July 11-August 1 on the campus of Occidental College in Los Angeles. International applicants are welcome. Learn more.

Celebrate Women's History Month

The Center offers a variety of free, downloadable lessons for Women's History Month, which is celebrated in March. Check out these two teacher-submitted lessons: Women's History Month Word Clouds, by Jim Bentley, invites students to create word clouds using primary-source documents. Women's History Wax Museum, by Daphne Greene, engages each student in researching the life of a person who took part in the woman suffrage movement and then asks the student to play the role of the activist in a simulated wax museum. Learn more.

Maria Gallo to Present the Art of Questioning at Virtual Conference

The art of asking good questions is central to teaching and learning. Join Maria Gallo, the Center's director of professional development, at Share My Lesson's 2015 Ideas & Innovations Virtual Conference for a free online presentation on the art of questioning on March 23 at 8 p.m. ET. Participants will be guided through examples of how to create and use essential questions that that spark student interest and inquiry. Learn more.

Moroccan Center for Civic Education Hosts 2nd International Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship

The Center's Civitas International Programs partner in Morocco, the Moroccan Center for Civic Education, welcomed more than 120 participants to its 2nd International Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship in Marrakech on February 4-8, 2015. Education experts, media, youth representatives, and civil society leaders from twenty countries shared ideas and exchanged best practices under the theme of "The Role of Youth in Promoting Global Citizenship: Opportunities and Challenges." Learn more.

Apply for the LRE Teacher of the Year Award

The American Lawyers Alliance is seeking applicants for its Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year Award, given each year to American high school and middle school teachers who "have made significant contributions in the area of law-related education." The award includes a $1,500 cash prize. Apply by March 15. Learn more.

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.