The Colorado We the People program, sponsored by the Center for Education in Law and Democracy (CELD), offers programs in constitutional studies for students state-wide through professional development programs for teachers and direct student activities/showcases in each congressional district.
The WTP program promotes students’ civic competence by enhancing their understanding of democratic principles and institutions through engaging teaching strategies. Curriculum materials include six units of instruction.
The WTP program is best known in the community for its culminating activity-- a simulated congressional hearing-- in which the entire class, working in cooperative teams, respond to open-ended questions about the history and relevance of the Constitution today. Students interact with community members who provide an authentic audience as they discuss the meaning and importance of constitutional principles with adults serving as judges for student performances.
Please contact Jackie Johnson for WTP program details.
Colorado High School We the People Program
In November 2013, Simulated Congressional Hearings were held in these communities throughout the state and included students from 23 different high schools:
Nov. 15, District 4: 4 H Bldg., Island Grove Regional Park, Greeley
Nov. 16, District 3: Ridgway, Colorado Town Hall
Nov. 18, District 2, 3(w) and 5: Colorado Mountain College, Buena Vista
Nov. 19, District 1: Trinity Education Center, Denver
Nov. 22, District 7: Adams County School District 12 Staff Development Center, Thornton
Nov. 26, District 6: Cherry Creek Schools Instructional Support Center, Centennial
Congratulations to Grandview High School, Cherry Creek Schools, Aurora: First Place, Colorado WTP State Finals and 7th place at the WTP National Finals held in in Washington, DC, April 26-29, 2014.
CONGRATULATIONS TO 2013 WE THE PEOPLE
District 1: Denver East High School
District 2: Platte Canyon High School, Bailey
District 3: Ridgway High School
District 4: Silver Creek High School, Longmont
District 5: Buena Vista High School
District 6: Grandview High School
District 7: Thornton High School
In fall 2013, over 2000 Colorado high school students participated in the WTP program.
Congratulations to all 2012 Colorado WTP competitive and showcase high schools:
Buena Vista High Schoo
Centennial High School, San Luis
Collegiate Prep Academy, Denver
East High School
Denver School of Science &Technology
Grandview High School
Greeley Central High School
Greeley West High School
High Tech Academy, Denver
Legend High School
Mullen High School
Northglenn High School
Overland High School
Platte Canyon High School
Rangeview High School
Ridgway High School
Silver Creek High School
South Park High School
Thomas Jefferson High School
Thornton High School
Wray High School
Colorado WTP Professional Development Programs for Colorado teachers
2002: Strengthening Democracy: The We the People Program
2003: Balancing Individual Liberties and National Security in the 21st Century
2004: Balancing Powers: What Is the Role of the Courts?
2005: The Executive Branch: The Framers’ Intent to the Bush Doctrine
2006: Separation of Powers: Fundamental Principles and Enduring Challenges
2007: The Fourteenth Amendment: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
2008: The First Amendment: Founding Principles and Contemporary Debates
2009: The Presidency: The Framers' Vision to Contemporary Debates
2010: Shared powers: Federalism in the 21st Century
2011: Balancing Powers: What Is the Role of the Courts?
2012: The US Constitution 3.0: Founding Principles and 21st Century Challenges 2013: The First and Second Amendments in the 21st Century 2014: The 4th Amendment: Founding Principles and Contemporary Debates
PLEASE USE THE LINKS BELOW TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLORADO WTP PROGRAM.