We The People

Civics First is pleased to announce that the 2020-2021 We the People Competition will take place virtually via Zoom on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 4:00 PM. To register, please use this link: Connecticut Bar Association


Contact We the People coordinator Erin Simcik at erinsimcik@gmail.com for more information.

Civics First congratulates 2019-2020 We the People state champion Staples High School. Coached by Suzanne Kammerman, Staples ably represented Connecticut at the 2020 National We the People competition. We’re very proud of Staples, who finished in 5th place at the national tournament.

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is a nationally acclaimed civic education program which helps students understand the history and principles of our constitutional government.  We the People focuses on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights and fosters civic competence and responsibility among elementary and secondary students in public and private schools.  The program is administered by the Center for Civic Education.  It was established in 1987 under the Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution.  For over 30 years, this civic education program has involved thousands of Connecticut students and teachers in the study of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Students prepare for these hearings by completing an instructional program using the text, We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution.  Each member of the class becomes an expert on one of the six units in the text and then testifies in small groups before a panel of judges acting as U.S. congressional representatives.  During the simulated congressional hearing, students are judged on the following criteria: understanding, constitutional application, reasoning, supporting evidence, responsiveness, and participation.