This landmark program, co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, 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. Click here for the link to the 2014-15 We the People Hearing questions posted by the Center for Civic Education.
2014-15 Schedule for We the People events:
April 24-27 – We the People National Finals (Washington, D.C.)
May 21 – We the People Day at the State Capitol in Salem
Click on the links below for more information about:
- 2015 High School Competition Information
- WTP Coaches’ Workshop
- WTP Observational Workshop
- Results of 2015 WTP High School Competition
- Photos from 2014 WTP and Project Citizen Day at the State Capital
- Previous We the People State Competition Winners
- Watch Videos
- We the People Book Club (for teachers)
- We the People Day at the Capitol
IMPORTANT: We receive no funding from the Federal or State for We the People programs. In spite of this, Classroom Law Project is committed to quality civic education in the classroom and We the People is part of that. CLP is funded through a variety of sources – including friends like you. Click here if you would like to support Classroom Law Project and We the People with a tax-deductible donation today. We will continue to support the WTP program with:
- professional development,
- classroom support, and
- regional and state competitions for high school.
CONGRATULATIONS GRANT HIGH SCHOOL – Winners of the 2015 We the People state competition. ALL teams did a great job this year! See the photos from this year’s state competition. The password is ClassLaw (case sensitive). Read about this year’s competition in the Oregonian.
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 in Portland and Eugene precede the state final, which determines the team that will represent Oregon at the national competition in Washington, D.C. The winner of the 2015 We the People state competition is Grant High School. Grant will represent Oregon at the national finals on April 24-27 in Washington D.C.
We the People Coaches’ Workshop
We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution
Saturday, October 18 (2014)
Workshop participants reviewed the state hearing questions with Hon. Susan Leeson, co-author of the highly acclaimed We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution high school textbook. Stay tuned for announcements about the next We the People Coaches’ Workshop.
Results of the 2015 We the People High School Competition
At the 2015 We the People State Competition, six teams from around the state faced panels of judges who quizzed students on the content, history, influence and flexibility of the Constitution. There were 36 state and federal judges, constitutional scholars, and other civic leaders.
The schools finished in the following order:
- First Place: Grant High School
- Second Place: Lincoln High School
- Third Place: Central Catholic High School
- Fourth Place: Lake Oswego High School
- Fifth place: Franklin High School
- Sixth place: Junction City High School
View photos from the 2015 We the People State Competition. The password is “ClassLaw” and is case-sensitive.
Thank you to all of the judges who joined us at the Regional and State We the People Competitions!
View the 2014 We the People hearing questions at the Center for Civic Education website by clicking here.
Previous We the People State Competition Winners
Check Out These We the People Videos!
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 during your district’s competition.
Elementary & Middle School – On We the People Day (May 21, 2015) 5th-8th grade students have the opportunity to present We the People simulated congressional hearings to a panel of legislators, civic leaders and members of the State Champion We the People team at the State Capitol Building in Salem.
Click here for more information about We the People Day at the Capitol.