Colorado Center for Civic Learning and Engagement

Promoting Civic Education in Colorado's K-12 Schools.

We The People

This program is based on the We the People…the Citizen and the Constitution text and is available for high school students. Students develop a comprehensive understanding of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and an appreciation of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our constitutional democracy. The culminating activity is a simulated Congressional hearing in which students demonstrate their knowledge of constitutional issues in historical and contemporary contexts. Community leaders serve as judges for competitive and classroom based hearings.

C3LE has partnered with the national Center For Civic Education to bring their flagship “We The People” program to Colorado schools. This program is based on the We the People…the Citizen and the Constitution text and is available for upper elementary, middle, and high school students. Students develop a comprehensive understanding of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and an appreciation of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our constitutional democracy. The culminating activity is a simulated Congressional hearing in which students demonstrate their knowledge of constitutional issues in historical and contemporary contexts. Community leaders serve as judges for competitive and classroom based hearings.

Overview of Program

Get an in-depth summary of the We The People in class curriculum and competition.

Purchase Textbooks

Purchase the Center for Civic Education’s We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbooks and interactive e-books for elementary, middle, and high school classes.

Additional Resources

Interested in getting started? Find lesson plans, videos, past questions, and more created by the Center for Civic Education. Find resources made for Colorado teachers here.

Colorado State Competition and Showcase
Learn more about participating in the annual We the People State Competition and Showcase

Past Events and Participating Schools
See the schools that have recently participated at the Colorado State Competition and Showcase

National Competition and History of Colorado’s Participating Schools
State champion and state runner up schools become eligible to compete at Nationals. Learn more about the national competition and the schools that have represented Colorado.

National We the People Invitational Competition
Middle and high school classes may elect to attend the National Invitational after participating in a simulated congressional hearing at the school, district, or state levels during the school year.