About

We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution is a civic education program for elementary and secondary students. The primary goal of We The People is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the students. The program help students understand the history and principles of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. It is based on a five/six unit curriculum that takes students from historical principles to the role of the citizen.

The hallmark culminating activity of We The People is a simulated congressional hearing. Students showcase their knowledge by delivering an oral presentation on constitutional topics and responding to questions from a panel of adult experts drawn from the community.

At the high school level, the hearings are conducted in each congressional district and the winning high school class, at the district level, goes on to compete in a state competition in Charleston, West Virginia. Thereafter, the state champion team, from among the district winners, travels to Washington, DC to compete against high school teams from each of the other states.

State Coordinator


Rebecca Tinder
Email: RebeccaMTinder@outlook.com
Cell Phone: (304) 545-4097
LinkedIn: rebeccatinder
Twitter: @WV_WeThePeople
Twitter: @RebeccaTinder

State Hearings

2002-2003
• Program

2003-2004
• Program

2004-2005
• Program (Elementary)

2005-2006
• Program

2006-2007
• Program

2007-2008
• Program

2008-2009
• Program

2009-2010
• Program
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2010-2011
• Program
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2011-2012
• Program
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2012-2013
• Program
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2013-2014
• Program
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2014-2015
• Program
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2015-2016
• Program
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2016-2017
• Program
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2017-2018
• Program
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2018-2019
• Program
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October 2018

November 2018

December 2018

2019-2020
• Program
State Hearing Program 2019
Program 2019
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2020-2021
• Program
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Research Information

James Madison Legacy Project
• 2000-2001 Fact Sheet
Learn.civiced.org Description
21st Century Civic Literacy