We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s elementary and secondary students.  The instructional program enhances students understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy and helps students discover the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. It is recommended that teachers try doing a simulated congressional hearing as an authentic assessment 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.  The New Mexico State Mock Congressional Hearing is usually held in Santa Fe at the Capitol Building in early December.  The dates will be posted in the Calendar of Events.

There are many free professional-development opportunities with the state and at the national level for elementary, middle, high school educators, university and college professors, members of the legal community. We the People Program in New Mexico has a  state coordinator and congressional district coordinators for every U.S. Congressional District in the state (3),

The Center for Civic Education started the We the People program in 1987 and more than 28 million students and 90 thousand educators have participated in this innovative course of study in the United States. 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. 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 and with one another through the We the People Alumni Network.

Across the nation Advanced Placement (AP) Government teachers help prepare their students for the AP Exam by involving them in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program. Government teachers from throughout the nation recommend We the People.

  1. We the People - The Citizen and the Constitution

  2. Companion website for the new, 2009 edition of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution

  3. We the People Standards

  4. Research

  5. Professional development


  7.   We the People Video

  8.           Overview of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

  9.            Simulated Hearings

  10.             We the People: Elementary School Simulated Congressional Hearing

  11.             We the People: Middle School Simulated Congressional Hearing

  12.          We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution High School Hearing


  14. Publications

  1. Links

  2. National Conference of State Legislatorshttp://www.ncsl.org/trust

  3. Center on Congress at Indiana University (CCIU)  

  4. Constitutional Rights Foundation

  5. Texas Law Related Education

  6. Center for Education in Law and Democracy

  7. New Jersey Center for Civic and Law-Related Education

  8. ABA -American Bar Association- Division for Public Education

  9. Street Law

  10. We the People... Professional Development

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