Teachers in under-performing schools face a myriad of challenges. The We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution High Needs Initiative is designed to be an opportunity for these instructors to collaborate with one another and learn unique tips for addressing the needs of students of varying academic levels.
One-Page description of the High Needs Initiative
|The We the People Initiative for High-Needs Students is a comprehensive outreach effort designed to address the specific needs of schools that serve high percentages of socioeconomically disadvantaged students. The initiative provides free curricular materials, professional development services, and technical assistance to teachers at the upper elementary, middle, and high school levels.
||Teams of teachers from nominated schools attend a free professional development institute. During the institute, teachers immerse themselves in the We the People curriculum, acquire content knowledge, learn interactive methods, and participate in a simulated congressional hearing. The participants are partnered with mentor teacher with significant expertise in the program.
||Targeted for teachers serving socioeconomically disadvantaged students, the trainings are tailored to address the special needs of these classrooms. The events have also proven to be an opportunity for collaboration among teachers who struggle with similar challenges.
||The culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students "testify" before a panel of judges. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.