We The People

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.

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IMPORTANT: Funding for We the People was not included in Congress’ last budget. But both Classroom Law Project and the Center for Civic Education remain open for business. CLP is funded through a variety of sources – including friends like you – and we remain committed to quality civic education in the classroom and We the People is a part of that. 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:

  1. professional development,
  2. classroom support, and
  3. district and state competitions for high school.

We the People High School Competition

Each January, the acclaimed We the People competition brings together 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. Regional competitions in Portland, Pendleton and Eugene precede the state final, which determines the team that will represent Oregon at the national competition in Washington, D.C. The 2015 We the People regional competitions will be on January 6 & 7, 2015.  The state competition will be on

We the People Coaches Workshop

We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution
Saturday, October 18


– Registration Deadline is Friday, October 10!

Who: High school teachers, teacher-coaches, attorney-coaches, and others
Date:
Saturday, October 18
Time: 10am to 3pm (coffee & lunch provided)
Location: Kruse Oaks I office building conference room, 5300 Meadows Road, Lake Oswego
Cost:
Free!

Review the state hearing questions with Hon. Susan Leeson, co-author of the highly acclaimed We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution high school textbook.

All teachers, teacher-coaches, attorney-coaches, and other colleagues working with students as they prepare for simulated congressional hearings, both competitive and non-competitive, should attend this workshop.

Good food!  Great discussion!  And it’s free!

Click here to register today!

Results of the 2014 We the People High School Competition

At the 2014 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: Lincoln High School
  • Second Place: Grant High School
  • Third Place: Franklin  High School
  • Fourth Place: Lake Oswego High School
  • Fifth place: Central Catholic High School
  • Sixth place: Sisters High School

View photos from the 2014 We the People State Competition. The password is “CLP2014″ 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

Click to View Past Winners!

Check Out These We the People Videos! 

Click to Watch Videos of the 2012 We the People National Champtions - Lincoln High School
Watch this Explanation of the We the People Competition!

Non-Competitive

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 – Select 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. This event is in conjunction with Project Citizen Showcase at the Capitol where simulated congressional hearings take place the following day.  Project Citizen portfolios are displayed on both days.

Click here for more information about We the People & Project Citizen Days at the Capitol.