#ConstitutionDay2014

Nearly 900 schools across the nation participated in 2014’s Preamble Challenge on Constitution Day, led by the National Constitution Center. Students who participated in the Civics Renewal Network’s Constitution Day program in Washington, D.C., recited the Preamble at the U.S. Capitol.

Stewarding America: Institutions and Civic Life

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences organized this discussion on the current state of American civic life as part of the Civics Renewal Network’s efforts to raise awareness of the importance of civics education on Constitution Day, September 17, 2014. The panelists are Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research; Stephen Heintz, Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Honorable Patricia Wald, former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; Joel Klein, News Corps, formerly, New York City Department of Education; former Rep. Mickey Edwards, Aspen Institute.

Watch Our Founders Debate the Bill of Rights

Some of our nation’s founders — James Madison, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson — engage in a lively debate on the Bill of Rights. Historian and author Carol Berkin is the moderator of the discussion, which was part of the Civics Renewal Network’s Constitution Day 2014 program in Washington, D.C.

2014 Student Projects

The Civics Renewal Network brought four dozen students from across the nation to Washington, D.C., for a Constitution Day program. These middle and high school students used their civic skills and knowledge to improve their school or community.

2014 Naturalization Ceremonies

Organized by the Federal Courts, nearly 30 naturalization ceremonies were held across the country as part of the Constitution Day and Citizenship Day celebration. This is the first year that the Federal Courts coordinated a nationwide celebration involving naturalization events. Federal judges administered the oath of citizenship to an estimated 8,500 new citizens in ceremonies from Yosemite Park in California to the Alamo in Texas and the Thurgood Marshall Federal Courthouse in New York City. Many students witnessed or took part in the ceremonies by reciting the Constitution’s Preamble.

Media Advisory for Constitution Day

This year Constitution Day, Wednesday, Sept. 17, and the 225th anniversary of the drafting of the Bill of Rights will be celebrated by an unusual variety of events spanning the nation, including naturalization ceremonies at iconic sites, students taking the “Preamble Challenge,” a panel in Washington examining the role of civics in American life, and the start-up of an online resource for civics education.

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