*** Simulated Congressional Hearing questions for the 2011-2012 school year are now available on the CCE Website ***
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. What makes the program so successful is the design of its instructional program, including its innovative
The instructional program enhances students understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy. At the same time, students discover the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
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. These videos taken from the We the People national competition are the top simulated congressional hearings from schools around the country.
The Center for Civic Education provides free professional-development opportunities for elementary, middle, high school educators, university and college professors, members of the legal community, We the People Programs state and congressional district coordinators, and youth organization leaders throughout the nation and in selected sites throughout the world.
Since the inception of the We the People program in 1987, more than 28 million students and 90 thousand educators have participated in this innovative course of study. Several studies by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Professor Richard Brody, Stanford University, indicate that students who used the curriculum "significantly outperformed comparison students" on every topic studied. A recent study, conducted by the independent firm RMC Research Corporation, found that students using the curriculum scored significantly higher on a comprehensive test of political knowledge when compared to their peers in comparison classes as well as university students attending political science courses. The program enjoys the active participation of members of Congress, as well as support from professional, business, and community organizations across the nation. Program participants can maintain contact with the Center for Civic Education and with one another through the We the People Alumni Network.
Watch this inspiring video on how We the People changed the lives of students from Arvin High School.
For more information, contact:
Gina Nelson, We the People CA-21 District Coordinator - GNelson@tcsd.k12.ca.us
Justin Paredes, We the People CA-21 District Coordinator - JParedes@exeter.k12.ca.us
Or visit the California We the People website