We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is the most extensive program in the country to educate young people about the history and principles of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The curriculum was developed by the Center for Civic Education to commemorate the framing and adoption of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The primary goal of We the People is to promote civic competence and responsibility amongst our students. 
The foundation of the We the People program is the classroom curriculum. It complements the regular school curriculum by providing upper elementary, middle, and high school students with an innovative course of instruction on the history and principles of U.S. constitutional democracy. 
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The We the People program’s culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of judges acting as members of Congress. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues. Teachers may engage their students in a noncompetitive simulated congressional hearing or a competitive hearing.

From December to February, We the People high school and middle school classes compete at state competitions throughout the country. Each spring, the state winner and wild card classes are eligible to participate in the We the People National Finals in Washington, D.C. The competition culminates with a top-twelve final round to determine the national winner. The simulated congressional hearings deepen student knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Students build important 21st-century workplace skills and dispositions, such as working cooperatively as a team, public speaking, managing conflict, and reaching consensus.

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