October 2014 Newsletter Print

Free Election Day lessons, announcing the National Invitational and National Finals, a new ebook, and more in this month's issue.


Election Day Resources for Teachers

The November election is right around the corner and the Center offers a wealth of free lesson plans on voting through its Citizens, Not Spectators program, developed by the Center and the Arsalyn Program. Download our free lesson plans.

Announcing the Third Annual We the People National Invitational

We are pleased to announce the Third Annual We the People National Invitational, April 17-21, 2015, on the campus of George Mason University. To help us launch this year's event, we've created this brief video. Modeled after the National Finals, the Invitational is designed to provide a broad range of middle and high school students with the opportunity to showcase their civic learning at the national level while bringing their classroom lessons to life in touring our nation's capital. Learn more.


We the People Level 2 Enhanced Ebook Published

A new middle school enhanced ebook edition of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbook is now available. We the People features informative videos, historical images, political cartoons, and challenging exercises that are perfect for the next generation of learners. The ebook is accessible on desktops and laptops, iPhones and iPads, as well as Android tablets and smartphones. A free, 28-day trial is available. Learn more.

Apply Today for the National Academy for Civics and Government

Teachers are invited to apply for "Political and Constitutional Theory for Citizens: The National Academy for Civics and Government," being held July 11-August 1, 2015, at Occidental College in Los Angeles. The three-week teacher institute will provide the opportunity to engage in serious study and discussion of basic ideas of political theory, the principles of the founding of the Constitution of the United States, and the values of American constitutional democracy. Applications due March 2, 2015. Learn more.

CCE Pakistan Launches National Civic Education Advocacy Campaign

On the International Day of Democracy, September 15, the Centre for Civic Education Pakistan launched a nationwide advocacy campaign for inclusion of democratic civic education in textbooks. On October 20, CCE Pakistan, the Center's Civitas International Programs partner in Pakistan, hosted its annual national conference with the theme of Pakistani Democracy: Potential, Promise, and Performance.

Engaging Young People on Democracy

The Moroccan Center for Civic Education, the Center's Civitas International Programs partner in Morocco, celebrated the International Day of Democracy on September 15 by conducting a roundtable discussion with journalists, educators, students, and non-profit organization leaders on the theme of "Engaging Young People on Democracy." Learn more.

Share My Lesson Features Center Lessons on Election Day Page

The Center's lessons on voting, elections, and American government are currently being featured on Share My Lesson's Election Day website. The Center has partnered with Share My Lesson since 2012 to introduce our high-quality civics lessons to thousands of teachers. Learn more.

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.