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. Click here for the link to the 2016-17 We the People Hearing questions posted by the co-sponsor of the We the People Program, the Center for Civic Education.
Click below for more information about:
- High School Competition Information
- Non-Competitive Programs for Grades 5-12
- We the People Days at the Capitol
- CLP in your Classroom
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 in Portland and Eugene precede the state final, which determines the team that will represent Oregon at the national competition in Washington, D.C.
Click here for the 2016-17 State Hearing Questions.
Regional Competition, January 5, 2017
Region 1: Lake Oswego High School (2501 Country Club Rd. Lake Oswego, OR 97034)
After the Regional Competition, the following teams advance to State:
- Central Catholic
- Lake Oswego
State Competition, January 21, 2017
Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse (1000 S.W. Third Ave. Portland, OR 97204) – Open to the Public
10:00 am – First set of hearings begin (plan to arrive by 9:30)
12:25 – Lunch break
1:10 – Second set of hearings begin
4:15 – Awards should conclude by this time
National Competition, April 22-24, 2017
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 25, 2017
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.
Note: The number of participating classes will determine how much time each class will have for its hearings. Classroom Law Project staff will do everything they can to accommodate teachers’ requests.
- Classes present simulated hearings judged by civic leaders
- Teacher may choose any number of unit(s) and specific question(s)
- Classes may observe hearings of students from other schools
- Students will see Project Citizen portfolios on display
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. Complete the following form if you would like to schedule a private consultation.