June 2021 Newsletter

News from the Center for Civic Education

Mia Nagawiecki Joins Center for Civic Education, Connecticut Senator Recognizes Trumbull High School We the People Finalists on Senate Floor, the Project Citizen Research Program Concludes Successful First Year, and More in This Month's Newsletter.

A Message from Our New Vice President and Chief of Staff

Mia Nagawiecki

I am honored and delighted to write to you as the Center's new vice president and chief of staff. It is an extraordinarily exciting time to join the team as we build on the Center's long history and enact President Christopher Riano's vision to meet the distinct challenges of our present moment, focusing on expansion, innovation, and growth.

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CT Senator recognizes Trumbull High School

Connecticut Senator Recognizes Trumbull High School on Senate Floor

State Senator Marilyn Moore recognized the Trumbull High School We the People team on the Connecticut Senate floor Wednesday, June 9. State Senator Moore congratulated the team on their state championship win and ninth-place finish at the We the People National Finals in April. During her remarks, she emphasized how the We the People curriculum "examines the historical and philosophical foundations of our government and its applications through history to the 21st century," and added that "it fosters civic competence and responsibility as well as striving to keep our republic alive."

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Project Citizen Showcase in Bosnia

Annual Project Citizen Showcase in Bosnia and Herzegovina a Success!

Civitas Bosnia and Herzegovina successfully hosted its 24th annual National Project Citizen Showcase on June 10. More than 30,000 students throughout the country participated in Project Citizen in their classrooms in 2020-21. Following online hearings in all ten cantons in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and seven regions in Republika Srpska and Brcko District, Project Citizen evaluators and education ministry officials announced the winners in the showcase livestream opened by U.S. Ambassador Eric Nelson, which reached more than 7,000 viewers.

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We the People Finalists

Nevada We the People Finalists Meet with State Officials

Incline and Reno High School students, eighth- and third-place We the People finalists respectively, were treated to a special afternoon at the Nevada Legislature and Supreme Court on June 7. During their tour, Assemb. Jill Tolles, Assemb. Lisa Krasner, and Justice Elissa Cadish recognized the students for their achievements. Assemb. Tolles shared a clip from the Assembly Chambers on her Twitter page capturing the day. This experience was undoubtedly a wonderful and memorable afternoon for the students!

Quick Quiz! The Fourth Amendment requires warrants to be supported by

A. a preliminary search.
B. probable cause.
C. video evidence.
D. sworn testimony.

Read on to learn the answer!

Summer PD for We the People and Project Citizen

Center for Civic Education Offers Summer Professional Development Opportunities

Summer is here! Teachers across the country are getting ready to participate in various professional development events hosted by our partners. These will be remote, in-person, and hybrid events centered around our most popular curricula, We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution and Project Citizen.

Read on for more details about some of the opportunities happening this summer.

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Cohort One of the Project Citizen Research Program Concludes First Academic Year!

Teachers, students, and the Center's partners have successfully concluded the first academic year of the Project Citizen Research Program (PCRP). Though our partners and participants faced challenges due to the worldwide pandemic, they overcame these obstacles by adapting to new realities and using remote recruitment, instruction, and learning methods.

Regional coordinators and mentor teachers worked with teachers across the country in online professional development sessions as the teachers implemented the Project Citizen curricula in their classes. Students developed and presented portfolios of policy-based solutions to problems in their communities. In simulated public hearings, students addressed highly relevant policy issues, such as student mental health, life skills, waste management, and traffic safety.

The success of the first cohort speaks to the resilience of the teachers and their students to overcome and adapt when necessary to produce something inspiring.

Quiz Answer!

B. probable cause (see episode 4359)

For more quizzes and learning opportunities, check out the 60-Second Civics podcast and daily civics quiz!


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