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California High School Wins Constitution Competition
Arcadia High School of Arcadia, California, is the national champion of the 23rd annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals.

(Press Release) - April 27, 2010
Students Vie for Championship in Prestigious National Competition on Constitution
From Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, to North Smithfield, Rhode Island, students are traveling to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 2010 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals. More than 1,100 students from 52 high schools representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Northern Mariana Islands will test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights during the three-day competition, from April 24-26.
During the academic competition, students serve as expert witnesses testifying on constitutional issues in a simulated congressional hearing. Each class is divided into six groups, corresponding with the units in the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution text. Students are scored on their opening presentation and on answers to follow-up questions by a panel of judges, who grade the students on understanding, constitutional application, reasoning, supporting evidence, responsiveness, and participation. The national finals judges include state Supreme Court judges, public officials, political scientists, historians, educators, attorneys, journalists, and We the People alumni.

(Press Release) - Apr 22, 2010
We the People: Project Citizen Conference Brings U.S. and International Civic Educators to Miami
MIAMI – More than 440 civic educators from the United States and seven other countries will convene at the InterContinental Hotel for the eighth annual We the People: Project Citizen leadership conference, Oct. 9–12. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, the conference brings together public officials, government scholars, classroom teachers and international educators to examine effective and engaging methods in teaching civics.
On Saturday, Oct. 10, Florida State Representative Rene Garcia, District 110, gives the keynote address, “Project Citizen – A Model in Civic Discourse.”
On Sunday, Oct. 11, Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis speaks on “Judicial Decision-Making in the Public Policymaking Process.”

(Press Release) - Oct 05, 2009
History, Culture and Government Focus of The Navajo Nation Experience
Thirty educators from 14 states will meet in Chinle, Ariz., to immerse themselves in Navajo history, culture and government during The Navajo Nation Experience.
Sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, the three-day seminar includes lectures by Navajo leaders, historians and scholars, plus trips to important historic and cultural sites including Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley.

(Press Release) - Sep 23, 2009
U.S. Representative John Lewis Opens Civil Rights Institute for Educators
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – U.S. Rep. John Lewis (GA-05) will give the keynote address to open “We the People: A Seminar on the Civil Rights Movement” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at the Tutwiler Hotel. Cosponsored by the Center for Civic Education and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the three-day seminar brings 35 educators from throughout the country to learn about the movement from civil rights leaders, “foot soldiers” and scholars.

(Press Release) - Sep 09, 2009
Free Constitution Day Lessons Available
The Center for Civic Education and the American Association of School Administrators are offering free classroom materials to commemorate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, September 17.
The Constitution Day and Citizenship Day materials were created for grades K–12 and adapted from the Center’s We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution and Foundations of Democracy curricular materials. Two new lesson plans about the executive branch and Abraham Lincoln’s constitutional legacy are on the Web site: constitutionday

(Press Release) - Sept 3, 2009

We the People
The Point went to Chatham High School in Massachusetts to talk to students about the school’s rich tradition in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition and the program’s guiding force, retiring teacher Thomas Flaherty.

The Cape Cod and Islands NPR Station - Jun 24, 2009
East High School Students Win Nationwide Championship on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights
Washington, D.C.—After three days of simulated congressional hearings, during which students were required to apply constitutional principles and historical facts to contemporary situations, the class from East High School of Denver, Colorado, has emerged as the national champion in the 22nd annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals.
Vestavia Hills High School of Vestavia Hills, Alabama, and Amador Valley High School of Pleasanton, California, took second and third place, respectively, in the competition on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

(Press Release) - Apr 27, 2009
Teachers from South Carolina, Virginia and Wyoming Receive American Civic Education Teacher Awards
Teachers from South Carolina, Virginia and Wyoming are recipients of the 2009 American Civic Education Teacher Awards, recognizing their exemplary work preparing young people to become informed and engaged citizens. The ACETA winners are: Nate Breen of Cheyenne Central High School in Laramie County, Wyo.; Sarah Ann Richardson Turpin of Clemson Elementary School in Pickens County, S.C.; and Gregory Walsh of Falls Church High School in Fairfax County, Va.

(Press Release) - Apr 22, 2009
“Hundreds of High School Students to Spend Saturday Exploring American Politics”
The New York Bar Association issued this news release on the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution state competition in Colonie. The class from Half Hollow Hills High School East captured the state title.
“Civic education is vitally important and this program encourages young people to get involved and is a fantastic way to teach students about our government and their rights,” State Bar Association President Kathryn Grant Madigan (Levene Gouldin & Thompson LLP) said. “The Bar Association is committed to doing its part to ensure that New York State produces the most educated and respected young people across the nation and I applaud the students who are participating in this valuable educational program.”

(Press Release) - Mar 05, 2008

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