The primary goal of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program is to promote civic competence and responsibility among Indiana's elementary, middle and high school students. The program includes:
- an instructional component, focused on enhancing students’ understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy and discovering the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and
- a culminating activity of a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of judges. Students demonstrate their understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.
For more information, read the We the People Program Summary or contact Tim Kalgreen at [email protected].
“We the People is a fantastic program for giving students a voice of their own. I love watching them form their own opinions throughout the program and have the opportunity to debate their opinions in a controlled setting. The culminating congressional hearing is a lot of work, but my students love showing off their knowledge. It is frequently a “favorite thing” of their 5th grade year.” – Molly Bowman, Eel River Elementary School, Fort Wayne
“This is the most engaging and effective program related to civic education there is. It is authentic, student centered, rigorous, and rewarding. It will change your teaching career for the better.” – Tim Sokolowski, Franklin Central High School, Indianapolis
“My students benefit by gaining practical skills, like research, presenting, and group work. Beyond that, and more importantly, they have gained an appreciation of the Constitution that is uncommon. This is one of the most rewarding classes to teach. The competition itself is the best assessment I have experienced for any class that I’ve taught.” – Kyle Wilson, Covenant Christian School, Indianapolis
“We the People has been a confidence booster for many of my students. It has also benefited them by exposing them to a university campus and meeting influential people from our community. They feel a great sense of pride when they complete it.” – Christina Maldonado, Willowcreek Middle School, Portage