July 2020 Newsletter

News from the Center for Civic Education

The Center Presents Two Webinars on Teaching We the People in an Online or Blended Classroom, How to Conduct a We the People Hearing Online, and More in This Month's Newsletter.

Two Webinars For Teaching We the People Using Distance-Learning Tools

Two Webinars

The Center for Civic Education is conducting two webinars this summer for teachers seeking advice on how to teach We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution in our new and challenging world of social distancing and blended or online learning in the 2020-21 school year. The first hour-long webinar for middle and high school teachers, Teaching We the People Online Using Actively Learn, will be held on Wednesday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. Teacher Amanda Kropp of T.C. Williams High School, Alexandria, Virginia, will walk participants through the Actively Learn edition of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbook. A second webinar, Meeting the Challenge of Teaching in a Brave New World, led by We the People National Director Robert S. Leming, will be held on August 5 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. As a part of a community of educators, teachers will have the opportunity to ask their colleagues questions and discuss their tentative plans for teaching the We the People program in the fall, including conducting simulated congressional hearings.

Learn more.

Online WTP Hearing

How to Conduct a We the People Hearing Online

Are you prepared to conduct We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution hearings online this year? Although simulated congressional hearings, the culminating activity of the We the People program, are traditionally held in person, COVID-19 has made online hearings a necessity for some schools. This handy guide for teachers will walk you through the process step by step.

Learn more.

PCRP Institutes

PCRP Professional Development Institutes

Teachers from across the country have begun logging into this summer's Project Citizen Research Program professional development institutes. The Center's five regional partners are hosting these institutes and academic-year follow-up sessions through a variety of online options. Region 1 and Region 4 (shown in the photo) have completed their institutes, and the remaining three regions will hold their institutes in the coming months. During these institutes, teachers are learning how to use the Center's Project Citizen curriculum to teach their students public-policy and civic-engagement skills through project-based learning. To learn more about the program, visit our webpage.

American Revolution Webinar

Webinar Series on American Revolution and Protest

The International Civil Rights Center & Museum and Professor Will Harris of the University of Pennsylvania are conducting a series of webinars titled "American Revolution and Protest." The next webinar is "U.S. 3.0, 1868, BUILD UP," to be held on Saturday, July 25, from 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern, with a follow-up on Monday, July 27, at noon Eastern. This will be part of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum's commemoration of Integration Day, the sixtieth anniversary of the desegregation of Greensboro, North Carolina, lunch counters. A final webinar, "U.S. 2.0, 1787, FIGURE OUT," will be held on Constitution Day, Thursday, September 17, with a follow-up webinar on Friday, September 18. To learn more, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Civitas BiH

Civitas BiH Organizes First National Online Project Citizen Showcase

Civitas Bosnia and Herzegovina organized its first online national Project Citizen showcase in June 2020. The winning elementary school team, from Ilovaca, is advocating for curricular reform of the Digital and Information Technology class so that it can meet National Common Core Curriculum learning outcomes. The winning high school public policy, presented by students from a vocational school for restaurant and catering services, requested that the government suspend existing contracts with local transportation companies and adopt new tender requirements to provide more effective transportation services for children and young adults in Podrinje Canton.

Learn more.

Quick Quiz! Despite being a slaveholder himself, James Madison argued that slavery violated the natural rights of enslaved people and

A. undermined the slaveholder's moral integrity.
B. corrupted the civic virtue of the slaveholders.
C. instilled in slaveholders a contempt for honest labor.
D. All of the above.

Read on to learn the answer!

Civics Contest

U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Civics Contest

We the People students from West Career and Technical Academy in Nevada have won the 2020 Ninth Circuit Civics Essay and Video Contest. Mandy Jiang, Michelle Jiang, and Cathleen Liang (pictured, from left to right) won first place in the video competition, and Alyssa Marie Lagua won an essay portion of the contest at the state level. Nearly one thousand students from nine western states, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands participated by submitting essays and videos related to this year's theme: "The Right to Vote: Milestone Anniversaries."

Photo: Las Vegas Review Journal

Quiz Answer!

D. All of the above. (see episode 4038)

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


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