November 2015 Newsletter Print E-mail

James Madison Legacy Project launch meeting, an insider's view of educational reform, and more in this month's newsletter.

James Madison Legacy Project Holds Launch Meeting in Los Angeles

A launch meeting for the James Madison Legacy Project was held on November 6-8 in Los Angeles. The project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, will bring high-quality professional development in civics and government to 2,025 teachers serving more than 202,500 high-need students nationwide. Learn more.

We the People Wins Civic Engagement Award

The We the People program at John Carroll University in Ohio received the New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement Award. Margaret Finucane, assistant professor in the department of communication and theatre arts, nominated We the People for the award. Finucane said, "It matters what we do. It is an exemplary program in terms of civic engagement." Learn more.

An Insider's View of Educational Reform, 1965-2015

The year 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the Center for Civic Education. Coincidentally, it is the 50th anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which is the major source of federal support for precollegiate education. Learn more.

Wyoming Teachers Attend Heart Mountain Professional Development Seminar

Wyoming teachers recently attended a two-day professional development seminar focused on the historical and constitutional issues surrounding the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Wyoming History Day, We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, and We the People: Project Citizen conducted a seminar for teachers October 16-18, 2015, at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Learn more.

Project Citizen Chile

Twenty-five middle school teachers and six school directors in Santiago, Chile, participated in a Project Citizen professional development workshop organized by Center's Civitas International Programs colleagues in Chile and funded through a new grant from the U.S. Embassy. Learn more.

Millie Aulbur Recognized as Outstanding Graduate of Missouri Public Schools

We the People Missouri state coordinator Millie Aulbur, director of citizenship education for the Missouri Bar, was honored along with her sister, Jean Becker, as outstanding graduates of Missouri's Public Schools for 2015. Aulbur and Becker participated in a discussion on the need for civil discourse in American politics during the Missouri State Bar Association's 2015 Annual Conference. Learn more.

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Do you shop 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. AmazonSmile.

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.