Civically Speaking

A digest of civic education updates, announcements, and news you can use

New Minnesota Civics Test

In 2016, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law requiring Minnesota students in public schools to pass a civics test. Passing this test is not required Read More

2018 Update

2018 Update: Summer Institute in Civics and Law-Related Education Get Updated Before School Starts! August 7-9, 2018 Room 230 Minnesota Judicial Center St. Paul, MN   Read More


Shaping America’s Elections Workshop

During an election year, Americans are bombarded by various messages and images from candidates. Discuss political media through the lens of shared American values and Read More


Minnesota We the People Competition and Showcase

December 13, 2016 Minnesota Judicial Center, St. Paul, Minnesota More information


James Madison Legacy Project: Summer Institute U of W Madison June 24-28, 2018

Professional Development opportunity for Minnesota and Wisconsin teachers. All costs paid by this 4-year federally funded nation-wide initiative to address needs of students in high Read More


New! James Madison Legacy Project

Professional Development opportunity for Minnesota teachers. All costs paid by this 3-year federally funded nation-wide initiative. Cohort 1 meeting dates: May 17 and 18, June Read More


UPDATE 2016: Summer Institute in Civics and Law-Related Education

Get Updated Before School Starts! 9:00-3:00 Room 230 Minnesota Judicial Center St. Paul, Minnesota   Agenda (draft) It has been an interesting year for Read More


Build better citizens with 3 programs for MN high school students!

Help your students build deeper content knowledge and polish their skills with three Civics and Government opportunities. Follow the links for more information or get Read More


Celebrate Magna Carta on Constitution Day!

A collection of lessons and supporting materials to teach Magna Carta! Take time this Constitution Day, September 17, to highlight enduring themes of liberty, freedom, Read More



We the People Competition and Showcase

Minnesota We the People Competition and Showcase December 11, 2015, Minnesota Judicial Center, St. Paul, Minnesota More information


US Senate Passes Cardin, Grassley Resolution Prioritizing Civics Education

Senate Passes Cardin, Grassley Resolution Prioritizing Civics Education  Understanding the Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship is Essential to the Future Prosperity of Our Nation  WASHINGTON Read More

MCSS Workshop Powerpoint and Website Favorites

MCSS Workshop, March 3, 2014 Bring civics and government to life with trusted online resources! MCSS workshop powerpoint Go To Websites Principles of Democracy in Read More


Interested in evaluating your school’s civic education program?

See how well your school is doing. Take the voluntary Minnesota Civic Education Self Assessment 2018  . You won’t get a grade but you will see Read More

Constitution Day Classroom Resources

Interesting Resources for Constitution Day! Technology-based lessons to energize your Constitution Day activities! Also, lessons for every grade level to help you meet the requirements Read More

Constitution USA

Does the Constitution have what it takes to keep up with modern America? Join Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! as he hits the Read More

Law Day Art Contest for U.S. Students Grades 9 through 12

2013 Theme: Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.  Submission: Students should create an art piece that can be represented in two dimensions (including, but not limited to, drawings, Read More


4th Annual First Amendment Cartoon Contest

Open to students nationwide: high school, middle school, and elementary school. Join us in celebrating the Bill of Rights with the 4th Annual First Amendment Read More


The real history of the NRA and gun control in America – Short Video

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre, legislators have returned to the debate over gun rights. Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law Read More

New game from iCivics

Can jury duty be fun? In We the Jury, it is. In the latest game from iCivics, you decide a tough case and discover what jurors Read More

We the People State Showcase and Competition Dec. 6

At the State Capitol, participation expenses supported through Legacy Grant, and announcing new pilot program for elementary and middle school students!  Find out more!

Last-minute presidential election guide – top five links worth sharing‏

From  Top five links includes Presidential Candidate  Match Quiz, Candidate Summary Chart, and other important resources for the final days!

Teaching Electoral College

As focus turns to the Electoral College in the last week of the too-close-to-call campaign, explore these lessons on this news-breaking topic: PBS NewsHour includes Read More

Lessons for Minnesota Constitutional Amendments

Minnesota voters face two constitutional amendment questions: marriage and voter ID. New lessons tackle these controversial topics. Minnesota Marriage Amendment  Minnesota Voter ID Amendment New Read More

Advancing civic learning

Opportunity to voice your thoughts. . . From the US Department of Education : At a White House event this past January, the Obama Administration Read More

Looking for lessons on Presidential Debates and Elections?

Links to ideas for teaching the upcoming Presidential Debates. Use a scorecard or bingo game!


Essay Contest for Minnesota High School Seniors –$500 scholarships to be awarded. Register by Sept. 15

The Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society launches second annual essay contest.   The contest is open to all Minnesota high school seniors and is sponsored in Read More


New Free Workshop Offering from Humanities Center, April, 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Based on the curriculum for the PBS documentary, Slavery by Another Name, learn best practices for using storytelling, including digital storytelling, as an effective teaching tool Read More


Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration

Popular, entertaining video that depicts the Founding Fathers as they perform “Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration

iCivics launches new game!

 “Win the White House” allows players to run for president from the primaries through Election Day. As part of the Politics and Public Policy curriculum Read More

Street Law Supreme Court Institute Application Available

Street Law, Inc. is now accepting online applications for the 2012 Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers. The application deadline is March 12, 2012.


Supreme Court Teaching Resources

Tuesday, October 04, 2011 The Supreme Court of the United States began the 2011-12 Term on Monday, October 3.  Street Law, Inc. is celebrating the beginning of the Read More

Cases lining up to ask Supreme Court to clarify Second Amendment rights

A funny thing has happened in the three years since gun-rights activists won their biggest victory at the Supreme Court. They’ve been on a losing Read More

We the People Update Washington, DC Institute REGISTRATION CLOSED

We the People/Update goes to Washington! THE ROLE OF THE JUDICIARY AND THE MEDIA IN A DEMOCRACY Sunday, June 26 (starting around 5 pm) to Read More

NAEP Civics Test Points to Crisis

Only a tiny percentage of American students achieved superior performance in civics on the 2010 NAEP test known as the “nation’s report card.” From the Read More

Updated Lesson: Islamist Terrorism: From 1945 to the Death of bin Laden

On May 1, 2011, President Barak Obama announced to the nation and the world that Osama bin Laden, the head of the Al Qaeda terrorism Read More

Rock the Vote & the National Education Association Announce Democracy Day!

Forty years ago, educators and students worked together to lower the voting age to 18. In doing so, they amended the Constitution and empowered millions Read More

Comment on First Draft of MN Social Studies Standards by March 14

The first draft of the revised standards was posted online on Feb. 25. Members of the public are invited to view the draft and make Read More

Project Citizen Summer Institutes-registration deadline soon!

The early registration deadline for the 2011 Project Citizen Summer Institutes is quickly approaching! Once again the Center for Civic Education is offering five national Read More

New Lesson on presidential powers for Ronald Reagan’s Birthday

Ronald Reagan Lesson On the occasion of the one-hundredth anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth, the Center for Civic Education and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Read More

A column about Supreme Court of the United States histories that made me smile

Hope you enjoy it too! Mark A. Graber, “The Supreme Court Justices’ Guide to the Supreme Court”

Declaration of Independence You Tube Video

This might be a useful online video resource for teachers: This is an excerpt from a July 1997 CBS News Sunday Morning broadcast (the episode Read More