March 2014 Newsletter Print E-mail

We the People National Finals season begins, a PBS video profile of a We the People class, the American Civic Educator Teacher Awards, and more in this month's issue.

We the People National Finals Season Is Here!

At this moment, students throughout the country are refining their knowledge of the Constitution and Bill of Rights in preparation for the 27th Annual We the People: The Citizen National Finals, April 25-28, and the Second Annual We the People National Invitational, April 4-8. What's the best way to follow both events? By liking the Center for Civic Education's Facebook page or following our Twitter feed.

Incline High School Profiled in PBS Video

Want an insider's view of what it takes to be a We the People student? Watch this PBS video of Incline High School's We the People team. KNBP News Director Brent Boynton tracked the progress of Incline High School students as they prepared and competed in the Nevada state We the People competition. You'll be impressed. Watch video.

Forest Hills High School We the People Students Appear on NBC Interview

We the People students from Forest Hills High School spoke eloquently of their motivation to spend hours studying the Constitution in preparation for the 27th Annual We the People National Finals during an interview on The Debrief with David Ushery. Forest Hills won the New York state finals and is raising funds to compete in the finals. Watch video.

Oregon Champs Host Washington Champs in Portland

Students from Tahoma High School of Covington, Washington, and Lincoln High School, of Portland, Oregon, met in Portland recently in advance of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals. Learn more.

Civic Education and the Struggling Reader

Maria Gallo, the Center's director of professional development, presented the webinar "Civic Education and the Struggling Reader" on March 12 during the Share My Lesson 2014 Ideas & Innovations Virtual Conference. Gallo's online presentation used the Center's materials to explain strategies that all teachers can use to help address the challenges faced by struggling readers. You can watch the webinar on the Share My Lesson website. Watch the video.

Ghanaian Students Present Policy Proposals

Student teams from nine regions of Ghana presented their policy proposals at the annual National Project Citizen Showcase on February 10-11. The showcase was organized by the National Commission for Civic Education, the Center's Civitas International Programs partner in Ghana. Learn more.

Morocco Hosts International Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship

Approximately 150 educational leaders participated in the International Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship in Marrakech, Morocco, from February 26 to March 1, 2014, hosted by the Moroccan Center for Civic Education, the Center's Civitas International Programs partner. Learn more.

Center Hosts Russian Delegation

On March 24, Center staff met with Russian educators visiting the United States on a delegation organized by Civitas Russia. Staff and delegates discussed civic education programs and materials in the United States, Russia, and internationally.

Support Civic Education Each Time You Shop at Amazon

Looking for an easy way to support civic education programs like We the People and Project Citizen? Each purchase you make on Amazon can help students receive the knowledge they need to become informed and active citizens. It's easy! Just log in to Amazon using the Center's AmazonSmile page. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Center for Civic Education. If you make a purchase by March 31, Amazon will donate an extra $5 for each customer who makes an eligible purchase. Shop now.

Teaching American History and the Medal of Honor Legacy

Searching for a new way to teach about the 20th century? Interested in bringing character education into your classroom? Freedoms Foundation can help. Presenting "Teaching American History and the Medal of Honor Legacy" from July 20-25, 2014 on its Valley Forge campus. Fifty full scholarships are available for those who register online today.

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.