We the People

Center for the Constitution
"We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" is a nationally acclaimed government and civics curriculum that helps students understand the history and principles of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. The program is available to elementary, middle, and high school students and teachers from public and private schools anywhere in the United States.
Benefit of the We the People Curriculum:
  • FREE Professional Development
  • A Teacher's Network
  • Authentic Assessment Tools for Evaluating
    Your Students
  • Simulated Congressional Hearing Competition
  • Endorsed by the Virginia General Assembly
Teachers interested in the We the People material are eligible to attend free professional development seminars, where they will learn about implementing We the People and the Simulated Congressional Hearing in the classroom. The Simulated Congressional Hearing serves as an authentic assessment tool used with the We the People curriculum.  We the People is administered nationally by the Center for Civic Education and the Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier is proud to be the host of the program in Virginia and Washington, DC.   

We the People News

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Season for the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program!

Each year, the We the People competition brings together middle and high school teams from around the state. Students demonstrate their understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take positions and ultimately defend those positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues during a simulated congressional hearing.

2013-2014 was a great year! The Maggie L. Walker Governor's School of Richmond, VA placed 3rd at We the People Nationals, and Washington D.C. was well-represented by Cesar Chavez Parkside and Capitol Hill students. 

Want to take part in this year's competition season? Intent to Compete forms are due by October 10, 2014. 



Regional competitions precede the state final, which determines the team that will represent Virginia at the national competition in Washington, D.C. 

December 13, 2014 - Northern Virginia Regional - Woodgrove High School (Purcellville)

December 15, 2014 - Southwest Virginia Regional - The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center (Roanoke)

December 16, 2014 - Central Virginia Regional - The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen (Glen Allen)

December 17, 2014 - Southwest Virginia Regional - Christopher Newport University (Newport News)


The Virginia State Finals will be held January 30-31, 2015 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, VA. 


District of Columbia

Many school choose to hold in-class competitions in advance of the DC Citywide competition. If you would like assistance locating volunteer judges for your in-class competition, please let us know!

The DC Citywide competition determines the team that will represent the District of Columbia at the national competition. The competition will be (tentatively) held February 17-18, 2015 at the Georgetown University Law School.



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