We the People
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is a national civic education program that helps elementary and secondary students understand the history and principles of our constitutional government. In addition, the program helps students develop a reasoned commitment to values that are integral to sustaining a democratic society. The program focuses on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights and fosters civic competence and responsibility among students in public and private schools. The program is administered nationally by the Center for Civic Education through a network of 435 congressional district coordinators and 50 state coordinators. The program also includes the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. More than 20 million students and 70,000 teachers have been involved in the "We the People..." program.
The Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier is the Virginia and Washington, DC sponsor of the We the People program. The We the People program provides professional development and classroom resources for upper elementary, middle, and high school educators and students. The Center for the Constitution offers in-service seminars ranging from one hour introductions to full-day workshops, as well as week-long summer institutes on the curriculum. The We the People curriculum provides advanced educational opportunities for students including the simulated congressional hearing, which tests students knowledge of the Constitution. Each year, the Center for the Constitution hosts regional and state Virginia We the People competitions and citywide Washington, DC We the People competitions.
The Madison Institues partner with Montpelier by serving as the home to the program in Virginia's 6th congressional district as well as by supporting the regional and state competitions in both Virginia and Washington, D.C. Additionally, we are the national home for professional development for the Center for Civic Education.