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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

 
''Washington Co. Students Compete in We the People Contest''
Three Washington County high schools recently competed in the local We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution congressional hearings at Hagerstown Community College. Boonsboro High School placed first in the competition to advance to the Maryland state competition. Saint Maria Goretti High School placed second, and Clear Spring High School came in third. All fifty-four students came away with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution.

Herald-Mail (Press Release) - Dec 19, 2007
 
''Salida High School Students Win We the People Competition''
Salida High School government students won the Fifth Congressional District We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution to advance to the state competition. Bayfield High school captured the title for the Third Congressional District and will also travel to Denver for a chance to represent Colorado in the national finals.

The Mountain Mail (Press Release) - Dec 05, 2007
 
'' Two Teachers Named National Council for the Social Studies 2007 Secondary Social Studies Teachers of the Year''
Jeff Reiman, a We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution teacher at Grandview High School in Colorado, was named a NCSS Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Reiman’s Grandview High School class recently captured the We the People district title and advanced to the state finals.

AScribe Newswire (Press Release) - Nov 26, 2007
 
“Egyptian Children Harness the Power of the Media to Tackle a Polluting Factory”
Internews reports another Project Citizen success story. Students in Alexandria, Egypt, were concerned about a local factory that was polluting the air around their school. “The smoke is very thick…and even comes inside the class, making it hard for many students to breathe,” said 11-year-old Marwa. The students attended the Civic Education and Media Training Camp in September organized by the Partners project in partnership with the Center for Civic Education, the Internews Network, and the Family Planning Association of Alexandria. Having learned how to construct a Project Citizen portfolio to address the problem, they produced a newspaper about the topic and were interviewed on radio and television. The story made the national media, and the factory committed to stopping polluting the community’s air.

(Press Release) - Oct 11, 2007
 
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