Founding Freedoms Essay and Playwriting Contests

The National Constitution Center is accepting submissions for its Founding Freedoms Essay and Playwriting Contests. The contests enourage middle and high school students to think creatively about history, the Constitution, and individual liberties. Submissions are due by Friday, February 17, 2017. Winning students and their teachers receive cash prizes and travel to the National Constitution […]

Resources on Election History, Thanksgiving, Plus NCSS News

Voting and Elections in American History Long before the pilgrims landed, voting and elections were taking place in America. For example, the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, a powerful alliance of Native American tribes who inhabited territory west of the Colonies, had established a system of representative government sometime around 1500 that lasted until […]

Going to the NCSS Conference in D.C.?

Here’s a lively, informative session to put on your must-see list! “29 Sure-Fire Ideas for Teaching Civics” will be presented by the partners in the Civics Renewal Network on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, from 1-2 p.m., Room 145B. This rapid-fire session will be jam-packed with a range of classroom resources from the 29 CRN organizations. […]

Application Process Open for Civics Renewal Network

The Civics Renewal Network is now accepting applications from organizations interested in becoming a contributing member of the network. For more information or to apply, contact info@civicsrenewalnetwork.org by the end of December, Organizations must meet the following criteria: A. Have a national scope B. Focus on civic- and law-related education C. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, or […]

Apply Now for James Madison Graduate Fellowships

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals who wish to become outstanding teachers of the U.S. Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the Foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state […]

New Citizens Take Oath Coast to Coast

This year, as part of the U.S. courts’ annual, national initiative, federal judges swore in thousands of new citizens at more than 40 ceremonies throughout the country, including at many national historic places and national parks. The locations were chosen to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and to mark Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, which each September commemorates the signing of the Constitution in 1787 and the rights and privileges of American citizenship. The video above features highlights from naturalization ceremonies at iconic sites from Ellis Island in New York to Yosemite National Park in California, captured on video by the staff of participating federal courts across the country. The events were a joint effort by the courts, the park service, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Civics Renewal Network.

We the Students Essay Contest Launched

The Bill of Rights Institute has announced the launch of a national “We the Students Essay Contest” with over $20,000 in scholarship prizes for students who write a winning 500-to-800 word essay in response to the question: “Does peaceful resistance to laws positively or negatively impact a free society?” This contest challenges students to think […]

Virtual Supreme Court Competition Announced

The Harlan Institute and The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource) announce their Fifth Annual Virtual Supreme Court competition. This competition offers teams of two high school students the opportunity to research cutting-edge constitutional law, write persuasive appellate briefs, argue against other students through video chats, and try to persuade a panel of esteemed attorneys during oral […]

Candidates! Debates! Voting! Get Your Classroom Ready

As this wild presidential race hits the homestretch for Election Day on November 8, the Civics Renewal Network gives you a wide array of activities and lesson plans to help you teach about the election process. Below are some highlights. For a complete list of resources, click here. Debate Watching Guide This lesson from the […]

#ConstitutionDay2016

Schools across the nation participated in the 2016 Preamble Challenge on Constitution Day. Students pledged to recite the Preamble to the US Constitution in creative ways. Here are some of our favorites.