Directory of Civic Education Programs in Colorado

Colorado We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
Curriculum
Staff Development
Special Student Event
Student texts for elementary, middle, and high school, plus teacher’s guides, free with participation in training. Intensive and workshop-style; follow-up, including teacher study groups, also available. Simulated congressional hearing, competitive or noncompetitive at high school, noncompetitive at middle and elementary levels.


Grade Level:
4-12

Description:
We the People… The Citizen and the Constitution is a national civic education program coordinated in Colorado by the Center for Education in Law and Democracy (CELD). Directed by the Center for Civic Education and funded by the U.S. Department of Education under the Education for Democracy Act approved by the U.S. Congress, We the People is designed to enable students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and to foster greater appreciation of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our constitutional democracy. Paperback student texts and teacher’s guides are available for grades 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Use of the curriculum culminates with a simulated congressional hearing in which students demonstrate their understanding to panels of community members. Participants in regional day-long professional development could further enhance their knowledge and pedagogical skills by attending a four-day summer institute held annually in Denver in June or by participating in teacher study groups that meet regularly to deepen their own understanding of the Constitution and to collaboratively solve pedagogical challenges.

Contact:

Jackie Johnson
Associate Director, Center for Education in Law and Democracy
P.0. Box 18490
Denver, Colorado 80218-0490
Phone: 303-778-0756
Fax: 303-733-4791
johnson@lawanddemocracy.org
Colorado We the People Program Website