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

We the People Summer Institute for Educators from Virginia and Washington, DC

The We the People Summer Institute for Educators from Virginia and Washington, DC is now accepting applications! Join us at Montpelier over June 29-July 2, 2014 to learn all about the We the People program and receive a classroom set of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution textbooks. Apply now!


Congratulations to Maggie L. Walker Governor's School who will be representing Virginia at the 2014 National Finals in April! And a huge congratulations to Rachel Carson Middle School who took the middle school title. We had 10 high schools and 10 middle schools from across the state represented at the 2014 We the People Virginia State Finals held at Colonial Williamsburg over February 7-8, 2014.

2014 Virginia We the People High School Champions from Maggie L. Walker Governor's School


District of Columbia

Congratulations to Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy's Capitol Hill Campus who will be representing DC at the 2014 National Finals in April! Great job also to the 2014 middle school champions coming from National Cathedral School. The Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution is grateful to the Georgetown University Law Center for hosting our DC We the People competition over February 18-19, 2014.


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