June 2018 Newsletter Print E-mail

News from the Center for Civic Education

We the People Students Receive Recognition, JMLP Summer Institutes Begin, and More in This Month's Newsletter.


JMLP Summer Institutes in Full Swing This Summer

The James Madison Legacy Project summer institutes are in full swing this summer, engaging teachers in civics-oriented professional development courses across the country. Participants will interact with lawyers, judges, state and local representatives, and professors of law, history, and political science who provide expert knowledge to our teachers.

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Project Citizen Four-day Training Opportunity

Project Citizen will be the focus of a four-day summer institute at Touro Law Center in Central Islip, New York. "Digital Media, Civic Engagement & Student Voice" is offered by Project Patch and sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, beginning on June 26.

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Quick Quiz! DHow many senators does each state have in the Senate?

A. One
B. Two
C. Three
D. Depends on the state's population

Read on to learn the answer!


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Milford Central Academy Recognized by Delaware General Assembly and Governor

"These remarkable young Delawareans have brought great credit not only upon themselves and their teacher, Mr. Samuel Holloway, whose thorough instruction during this school year was of great importance in their preparation, but upon our entire State of Delaware, whose founding father John Dickinson was himself of central importance in the drafting not only of the U.S. Constitution but of Delaware's own state constitution.".

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We the People Students Win Civic Education Contest

Congratulations to Kelsey Luu, Veronica Yu, Cindy Law, and Karen Thai! These amazing We the People students who wrote essays and produced videos for a civics competition run in nine western states by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Students addressed the theme of "The 14th Amendment 150 Years After Ratification: What Does Equal Protection Mean to Students?"

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Turning Student Passion into Engagement

In an article about turning student passion into engagement, Randi Weingarten writes of her time as the teacher for Clara Barton High School's 1994 We the People team: "my students learned how to be democratic citizens by actively using civic knowledge and practicing the skills of citizenship."

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Civil Rights Leader Dorothy Cotton Passes Away

On June 10, civil rights leader Dorothy Cotton passed away. She spent her life fighting for civil rights alongside leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Abernathy, Andrew Young, and Jesse Jackson. From 2002 to 2010, she worked with the Center for Civic Education at the We the People Birmingham Seminars, influencing hundreds of teachers from classrooms all over America.

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Founding Principles Series from Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College has produced Founding Principles: American Governance in Action, an online series that gives an overview of government and politics. Narrated by Professor Andrew Rudalevige, each chapter offers extensive resources and tools for teachers and students.

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Quiz Answer!

B. Two

For more quizzes and learning opportunities, check out the 60-Second Civics podcast and daily civics quiz!


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