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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
Three Teachers Receive National Award for Civic Education Excellence
Three teachers received the 2007 American Civic Education Teacher Awards recently in recognition of their exemplary work preparing young people to become informed and engaged citizens. This year's ACETA winners are Mary Ellen Daneels, Barbara Simpson Ector, and Kevin Fox.

Center for Civic Education, American Association of School Administrators Offer Free Constitution Day Lessons Online
The Center for Civic Education and the American Association of School Administrators are offering free lesson plans on the U.S. Constitution for Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, September 17, and Constitution Week, September 17–23. The materials for grades K–12 were adapted from the Center’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution and Foundations of Democracy curricular materials.

(Press Release) - Sep 10, 2007
Students from 31 Countries Showcase Public Policy Proposals in Washington, D.C.
Project Citizen students from around the world gathered recently in Washington, D.C., to participate in Empowering a New Generation for Democracy: The International Project Citizen Showcase. “From Poland, Ukraine, and Russia, to South Africa, China, and points in between, young people have used the lessons of democratic citizenship taught by Project Citizen to improve their lives and communities,” said Charles N. Quigley, executive director of the Center for Civic Education. “Our goal is to share these Project Citizen success stories—the results of America’s 10-year investment in the program.”

(Press Release) - Jul 18, 2007
National Study Reveals Civics Deficit in U.S. Schools
“The Nation’s Report Card: Civics 2006,” released today by the National Assessment Governing Board, showed that 24 percent of fourth-graders, 22 percent of eighth-graders and 27 percent of twelfth-graders could reach a simple mastery of civics called proficient. “America’s school children are woefully unprepared to take their place as informed, engaged citizens,” said Charles N. Quigley, the Center’s executive director. “Much work needs to be done to ensure that each student receives the education necessary to become an informed, engaged citizen of this nation.”

(Press Release) - May 16, 2007
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