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Center for Civic Education and Share My Lesson to Give Away Free Textbooks

Contest Open to Teachers of All Grade Levels; Register by December 31

LOS ANGELES — The Center for Civic Education and Share My Lesson today announced a promotion to give away a free set of We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbooks. A winner will be chosen at random from teachers registering by December 31, 2013, at www.ShareMyLesson.com/cce. The winner can choose a classroom set of the new We the People enhanced ebook or a set of We the People upper elementary, middle school, or high school textbooks.

"Share My Lesson is a valuable resource for civics and government teachers," said Robert S. Leming, the director of the Center for Civic Education's We the People program. "The Center's lesson plans on Share My Lesson have been viewed more than 55,000 times since 2012, extending our high-quality civic education materials to new groups of teachers."

A wide selection of free lessons for President's Day, Black History Month, Women's History Month, Constitution Day, 9/11, and School Violence Prevention Week are available from the Center's Share My Lesson page.

"Share My Lesson is excited to work with the Center for Civic Education to bring engaging and effective resources to a broader base of educators," said Scott Noon, general manager of Share My Lesson. "As students become engaged with government, civics, policy, and eventually voting, exceptional educational resources are key to inspiring students and building our democracy."

The Center's Citizens, Not Spectators Share My Lesson page contains lessons for grades 4-12 that demystify voting and voter registration, teaching students why they should vote, how to fill out voter registration forms, and how to cast their vote. Teachers can choose from three-day or five-day lessons that culminate in a simulated election.

60-Second Civics has more than 1,300 brief, informative podcasts on American history, civics, and government can be streamed directly from the Share My Lesson page. Topics include the Declaration of Independence, Constitutional Convention, Bill of Rights, and the civil rights movement, among many others.

The We the People enhanced ebook features hundreds of videos, images, biographies, fundamental documents and interactive exercises that give students a rich, multimedia environment for learning about the Constitution and the contemporary issues that impact today's learners. Each lesson also includes a built-in optional teacher/guide and audio narration.

About the Center for Civic Education

The Center for Civic Education (www.civiced.org) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to fostering the development of informed, responsible participation in civic life by citizens committed to values and principles fundamental to American constitutional democracy. The Center's programs are implemented with the assistance of a network of public- and private-sector organizations and educational leaders in every state and congressional district in the country and in more than eighty other countries, many of which are emerging and advanced democracies.

About Share My Lesson

Share My Lesson (www.sharemylesson.com) was developed by the American Federation of Teachers, a union of over 1.5 million professionals, and TSL Education, creators of TES Connect, the largest network of teachers in the world. Share My Lesson is a place where educators can come together to share their greatest teaching resources and collaborate on best practices at no cost. Share My Lesson features a significant resource bank aligned to the Common Core State Standards, including advice and guidance to aid in their successful implementation. 


 (Press Release) November 12, 2013

 
New Ebooks Distribution Partnership Seeks to Increase Knowledge of Constitution

 LOS ANGELES — The Center for Civic Education, the most prominent name in civic education, today launched a partnership with global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to distribute ebook editions of We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, a series of internationally acclaimed civics textbooks for upper elementary, middle, and high school students (watch video).

 (Press Release) September 17, 2013

 
New Ebook Brings Civic Education Into the Digital Age: We the People Now Available As an Enhanced Ebook
LOS ANGELES—We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, an internationally acclaimed civics textbook for high school students, is now available as a Web-based enhanced ebook that can be read on nearly any device, including Macs and PCs, Apple iPads and iPhones, Android tablets and smart phones, and Windows 8 touch-screen devices.
 
 
John Hale Receives 2013 Roy Erickson Civic Education Leadership Award
LOS ANGELES—John Hale was presented recently with the Roy Erickson Civic Education Leadership Award—an honor bestowed annually on civic education leaders who promote or implement civic learning in California schools. Hale received the award Saturday, March 9, at the 52nd Annual California Council for the Social Studies Conference in Burlingame, a yearly meeting attended by more than 800 history and social science educators from around California.
 
 
Kurdish Parliamentarians in Los Angeles on Civic Education Fact-Finding Trip
LOS ANGELES—The Center for Civic Education is hosting a delegation of three members of parliament of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq, from September 20 to October 8, 2012. The parliamentarians are members of the Committee on Education and Higher Education. The objectives of the delegation are to learn about civic education policies and practices in the United States, to experience the U.S. educational system, and to consider next steps for reinvigorating and sustaining civic education in Kurdistan.
 
 
Teachers from Indiana, Arizona and Utah Receive American Civic Education Teacher Awards
Kevin Cline, Jaime Festa-Daigle, and Richard Ochoa received the 2012 American Civic Education Teacher Awards, which recognizes their exemplary work preparing young people to become informed and engaged citizens. 
 
The ACETA Awards are given annually to elementary and secondary teachers of civics, government and related subjects who have demonstrated exceptional expertise, dynamism and creativity in motivating students to learn about the Constitution, Congress and public policy.
 
ACETA is sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, the Center on Congress at Indiana University, and the National Education Association.
 
 
Lincoln High School Students Place First in Nationwide Championship on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights
April 30, 2012

CONTACT: 
Robert Leming or Maria Gallo: 818-591-9321

LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PLACE FIRST IN NATIONWIDE CHAMPIONSHIP
ON THE U.S. CONSTITUTION AND BILL OF RIGHTS

Washington, D.C. - After three days of simulated congressional hearings that tested their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, Lincoln High School students captured first place at the 25th Anniversary We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals.

Tim Swinehart coaches the Lincoln High School class, whose members include: Avery Ballato, Catherine Barton, Marty Berger, Hallie Blashfield, Ryan Bloom, Danny Brillhart, John Carey, Julian Dann, Julia Eckelmann, Michael Field, Natina Gilbert, Nikhil Goyal, Kendra Hong, Robin Jayaswal, Katie Kelly, Sierra Killian, John Kim, Emma Lane, Duncan MacEachern, William Mao, Olnita Martini, Evan Neuhausen, Sara Newman, Vicki Niu, Sammy Purnell, Justin Richter, Beckett Rueda, Emma Simmons, Sage Smiley, Nita Sridharan, Eri Stern, Mara Strauss, Molly Walls, Carolyn Wheatley, Ajeya Woods, Cole Zollinger.

Classes representing 47 states, the District of Columbia, and the Northern Mariana Islands came to the nation's capital to participate in the academic competition. Lincoln High School of Portland, Oregon, won first place.

The competition results were announced at an awards ceremony Monday evening before an audience of more than 1,400 students, teachers, coordinators, judges and other program participants. 

[A LIST OF ALL TWENTY-TWO AWARD WINNERS FOLLOWS. PHOTOS AVAILABLE AT http://new.civiced.org/finals-2012-photos]

During the competition, students demonstrated their knowledge of the Constitution before simulated congressional committees made up of state supreme court judges, constitutional scholars, lawyers, public officials and We the People alumni. The first rounds of the hearings took place on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29. Today, the top-10 schools competed in actual congressional hearing rooms on Capitol Hill.

The panel of judges tested the expertise of the classes on the six units of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbook: What Are the Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System? How Did the Framers Create the Constitution? How Has the Constitution Been Changed to Further the Ideals Contained in the Declaration of Independence? How Have the Values and Principles Embodied in the Constitution Shaped American Institutions and Practices? What Rights Does the Bill of Rights Protect? and What Challenges Might Face American Constitutional Democracy in the Twenty-first Century?

More information on the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program is available at http://new.civiced.org/programs/wtp.

NATIONAL WINNER:  
Lincoln High School, Portland, Oregon

SECOND PLACE:
Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies, Richmond, Virginia

THIRD PLACE:
Arcadia High School, Arcadia, California

FOURTH PLACE:
East Brunswick High School, East Brunswick, New Jersey

FIFTH PLACE:
Munster High School, Munster, Indiana 

SIXTH PLACE:
Denver East High School, Denver, Colorado

SEVENTH PLACE:
Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Miami, Florida 

EIGHTH PLACE:
Vestavia Hills High School, Vestavia Hills, Alabama

NINTH PLACE:
Northwest Guilford High School, Greensboro, North Carolina

TENTH PLACE:
Tahoma Senior High School, Covington, Washington

WINNERS OF UNIT AWARDS
(BEST NON-FINALIST TEAM FOR EXPERTISE IN EACH UNIT OF COMPETITION)

UNIT 1 (The Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System): Centennial High School, Bakersfield, California
UNIT 2 (How the Framers Created the Constitution): Sky View High School, Smithfield, Utah
UNIT 3 (How Changes in the Constitution Have Furthered the Ideas in the Declaration of Independence): Milford High School, Milford, New Hampshire
UNIT 4 (How the Values and Principles Embodied in the Constitution Shaped American Institutions and Practices): Lincoln East High School, Lincoln, Nebraska
UNIT 5 (The Rights That the Bill of Rights Protects): Wauwatosa West High School, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
UNIT 6 (Twenty-first Century Challenges to American Constitutional Democracy): Marshwood High School, South Berwick, Maine

WINNERS OF REGIONAL AWARDS
(BEST NON-FINALIST TEAM FROM EACH REGION)

Western States: Incline High School, Incline Village, Nevada
Mountain/Plains States: Cheyenne Central High School, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Central States: East Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Southeastern States: Chamblee Charter High School, Atlanta, Georgia
Northeastern States: Trumbull High School, Trumbull, Connecticut

THE GEORGE MASON AWARD WINNER
(Class with highest score on question about George Mason)
Northwest Guilford High School, Greensboro, North Carolina

 
Applications Welcome Through May 1 for 2012 American Civic Education Teacher Awards
May 1 is the application deadline for teachers who wish to be considered for the 2012 American Civic Education Teacher Awards. The application form is at http://new.civiced.org/community/teachers/civic-ed-awards.
The awards are given annually to elementary and secondary teachers of civics, government and related fields who have demonstrated exceptional expertise, dynamism and creativity in motivating students to learn about Congress, the Constitution, and public policy.
 
 
Students Vie for Championship in Prestigious National Competition on Constitution

 (Media advisory) April 28, 2011
Nearly 1,200 high school students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Northern Mariana Islands will test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights during the 24th annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals.

 
Teachers from California, Michigan, North Carolina Receive American Civic Education Teacher Awards
Teachers from California, Michigan and North Carolina are recipients of the 2011 American Civic Education Teacher Awards, recognizing their exemplary work preparing young people to become informed and engaged citizens.
 
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