This nationally acclaimed civic education instructional program enhances students’ understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy while allowing students to discover the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The primary goal of “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s elementary and secondary students. The design of the instructional program, including the innovative culminating activity, is what makes the program a success.
The culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of judges. At the high school level, schools participate in District Hearings and State Finals, held in December and January each year, demonstrating their knowledge in six units of study performing units before a panel of notable governmental and political leaders. The top performing high school class earns the opportunity to attend the National Finals in Washington, D.C. representing NH.
New for the 2020-2021 School Year
Questions For We the People Hearings 2020-2021
Power to the People Webinar Series – 7 Weeks
Starting Thursday, September 17, at 7:30 EST for 1.5 hours
Power resides in the people living in a democratic republic and exercising that power is an immense responsibility. As James W. Madison wrote in Federalist 51, “A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government;…” This seven-week series is designed for teachers and anyone interested in civics, government, U.S. history, and those who want to better understand the topics outlined below.
Register for these Zoom seminars with the links below:
- The Power of People and the Courts: Thursday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern / 4:30 p.m. Pacific
- The Power of Indian Sovereignty: Thursday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern / 4:30 p.m. Pacific
- The Power of Movements: The Struggle to Pass the Nineteenth Amendment and Beyond: Thursday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern / 4:30 p.m. Pacific
- The Power of Symbols: Monuments and Flags: Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern / 4:30 p.m. Pacific
- The Power of the Criminal Justice System: Thursday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern / 4:30 p.m. Pacific
- The Power of Free Speech: Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern / 4:30 p.m. Pacific
- The Power of Voting: The Electoral College, Gerrymandering, and Suppression: Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern / 4:30 p.m. Pacific
We the People Program In the News!
We the People Aligned to the Common Core State Standards
The elementary, middle and high school levels of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution texts are now aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The correlations were performed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; print textbook for the high school text correlations for Level 3 were performed by the Maryland Department of Education. Thank you to our partners in education for ensuring “We the People” is a even more valuable resource for NH teachers!
Volunteers are needed to act as facilitators, timers, judges and/or scorers. If you are interested in volunteering your time to be a part of this program, or if you’d like further information, contact LRE Coordinator Robin E. Knippers, 603-715-3259.
If you are interested in using this program in the classroom, please contact Law Related Education Coordinator, Robin E. Knippers, 603-715-3259 for curriculum materials.
Interested in bringing this to your classroom? Discover what went on during the 2019 teacher training sessions.
Additional information can be found on the Center for Civic Education website.
We the People e-books
The Center for Civic Education and our partner, Actively Learn, are offering the middle and high school enhanced eBook editions of We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution.
We the People Textbooks
Sets of books (30 student texts + 1 teacher guide) are available for a fee plus S&H. Click on your grade level for more information.