July 2017 Newsletter Print E-mail

News from the Center for Civic Education

Teachers Have Fun with Civic Education in the Summer and More in This Month's Newsletter


JMLP Summer Institutes Train Teachers in Civic Education

James Madison Legacy Project summer institutes are in full swing this summer, engaging teachers in civics-oriented professional development courses across the country. Our week-long workshops serve teachers from schools with high-needs populations by training them to implement the We the People curriculum, which encourages civic engagement and an informed citizenry. Learn more.


New We the People Middle School Textbook Available

An updated third edition of the We the People Level 2 textbook for middle school students is now available.The revised teacher's guide has just been released, featuring step-by-step suggestions for classroom implementation.

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Quick Quiz! Which president has a birthday in the month of July?

a. Barack Obama
b. Gerald Ford
c. Franklin D. Roosevelt
d. George W. Bush

Find the answer below!


Civitas Bosnia and Herzegovina Holds Democracy Summer Camp

Nearly 400 students, teachers, trainers, and young artists gathered in Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina, for the Civitas five-day summer camp from June 28 to July 2. Civitas BiH, the Center's Civitas International Programs partner, organized the event, which included educational workshops, games and sports, and musical and artistic courses.

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Independence Day Lesson Plans

Independence Day 2017 is over, but learning about our country's origins and founding documents doesn't have to be! Check out the Center's Fourth of July lesson plan to learn about the Declaration of Independence and the Preamble to the Constitution.

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We the People Teacher Named 2017 Connecticut History Teacher of the Year

We the People teacher Katie Boland of Trumbull High School has been named the 2017 Connecticut History Teacher of the Year by the the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Her We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution team placed thirteenth in the nation this year.



QUIZ ANSWER: B. Gerald Ford. President Ford's birthday falls on July 14. This year, he would have turned 104 years old!


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Shopping on Amazon? Use this link to benefit We the People and the Center's other civic education programs. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Center for Civic Education. You pay the same price for your purchases, but you have the satisfaction of knowing you've helped students receive the high-quality civic education they deserve. Bookmark the link and keep giving all year with every purchase.

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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 John Hale.