This landmark program engages upper elementary, middle and high school students in a curriculum designed to foster understanding of the institutions of American democracy, including the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students testify (while they test their knowledge and confidence) before a panel of volunteer attorneys, educators and civic leaders.
We the People High School Competition
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. Regional competitions precede the state final, which determines the team that will represent Oregon at the national competition in Washington, D.C.
2017-18 We the People State Hearing questions (used for both regional and state competitions)
Non-Competitive Program for Elementary, Middle and High School
High School – students who would like to participate in We the People, but aren’t quite ready for competition, also have an opportunity to showcase their constitutional knowledge. Demonstration Hearings are held each year during the regional competitions.
Elementary & Middle School – Each year on We the People Day, 5th-8th grade students have the opportunity to present units from the We the People curriculum in a simulated congressional hearing to a panel of Supreme Court Judges, legislators, and civic leaders at the State Capitol Building in Salem. See Below for information.
We the People Day at the Capitol
Thursday, May 24, 2018
If you are an upper elementary or middle school teacher in Oregon who uses the We the People curriculum in your classroom, please join us each May at the State Capital where your students can conduct culminating hearings in front of a panel of Supreme Court judges, legislators and civic leaders in Capitol hearing rooms.
Workshops & Private Consultations
The We the People Coaches’ Workshop will provide you with strategies for approaching hearing questions for all units, plus competition details. The 2017/18 workshop will be October 7, 2017, in Tigard, OR.
CLP staff provide consultation and assistance to educators, attorneys and others who wish to create lessons and curriculum, ranging from civics for kindergartners to constitutional studies for advanced placement students in high school. All programs are tailored to fit individual needs.