November 2018 Newsletter Print

News from the Center for Civic Education

You Can Support Civic Education, Ask John is Back, and More in This Month's Newsletter.

Support Civic Education for #GivingTuesday

On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, November 27, you can kick off the giving season by supporting your favorite nonprofit organization. By donating to the Center for Civic Education, you will help the next generation of Americans to become informed and responsible citizens.


State Coordinator Profile: Cheryl Cook-Kallio

In April of this year, Cheryl Cook-Kallio assumed the mantle of state coordinator for the We the People Programs. She has been a teacher, a James Madison Fellow, an elected official, and a stalwart lover of the Constitution! Learn more about her in this month's state coordinator profile.

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Join the Civics Forum and Win a Civics Swag Bag

Congratulations to Becky Millstone for winning the first ever civics swag bag from the Center! The next drawing will be on November 30 for anyone who posts in the civics forum on the new platform.

Check out the Civics Forum.

Quick Quiz! Ronald Reagan served two terms as governor of which state?

A. Alabama
B. California
C. Michigan
D. Nevada

Read on to learn the answer!

Nominate a Civics Teacher for the Law-Related Teacher of the Year Award

The American Lawyers Alliance is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year Award! Three winners will receive a certificate and a $1500 award at the Annual Meeting of the American Lawyers Alliance. Will another We the People teacher win the award?

Learn more.

ConSource and the Harlan Institute Announce the Sixth Annual Virtual Supreme Court Competition

The Sixth Annual Virtual Supreme Court Competition, presented by the Harlan Institute and the Constitutional Sources Project, will focus on Timbs v. State of Indiana. High school students in teams of two will participate in research about constitutional law, write appellate briefs, argue against other students, and participate in an oral argument. The competition is even endorsed by Robert Leming, our Director of We the People Programs!

Read more.

Ask John Answers Questions from We the People Students

The Center for the Study of the American Constitution is rolling out the second year of its Ask John video series, which is available on the Center's website, YouTube playlist, and Facebook page. Scholar John Kaminski, the director of CSAC and expert on the Founding Period and early American constitutionalism, answered questions from We the People students on the Constitution in its historical context related to this year's state hearing questions. 

Ask John

San Damiano Refugee Partnership Uses Citizens, Not Spectators

The San Damiano Refugee Partnership is using the Center's Citizens, Not Spectators lessons to help refugee students in grades nine through twelve to familiarize themselves with the election process and current events. Volunteers like Naw EhKu, also a refugee, work with Karen Refugees from Bishop Maginn High School in Albany, NY.

Check out the lesson here.

Quiz Answer!

B. California

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

Shop to Support the Center for Civic Education

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.