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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO.   29

POLICY CODE:   BDF

 

TO:                   Superintendents of Schools, Social Studies Teachers, and Curriculum Coordinators

FROM:             Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:              September 7, 2005

RE:                   Constitution Day – September 17, 2005

            I am pleased to inform you that free, ready-to-use Constitution Day and Citizenship Day lessons for kindergarten through twelfth grade are now posted at the Center for Civic Education’s website: http://www.civiced.org/byrd/.    Please also see Informational Letter # 14, dated August 18, 2005 that we sent to all Superintendents regarding Constitution Day on September 17, 2005 at this web link: http://www.maine.gov/education/edletrs/2006/ilet/06ilet014.htm

            Each lesson contains multiple ideas for discussion topics, exercises, questions, and activities, as well as short background readings.   The lessons were adapted from the Center's We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution text and Foundations of Democracy curriculum.

            These lessons are designed to fulfill the federal mandate that every school-from elementary and secondary schools to colleges and universities-provide instruction on the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, September 17, the anniversary of the document's signing.   September 17 falls on a Saturday this year; Constitution Day may be observed the day before or at any time around that date.

            The Center is sending information about these lessons to anyone who has received Center curricula in the last three years.   We encourage you to share this information directly with the teachers in your districts as well.   It is an incredible opportunity to not only help teachers meet this federal mandate, but also to inform them about the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution and We the People: Project Citizen programs and the Foundations of Democracy curriculum.

            On a related note, we encourage you to use correlations of We the People Programs to state standards as a way to help teachers meet other mandates in their classrooms. If your state has correlations that have been forwarded to the Center, you can find them at http://www.civiced.org/wethepeople.php?link=state or http://www.civiced.org/project_citizen.php?link=state.

            If you have any questions about the Constitution Day and Citizenship Day lessons, please contact The Center for Civic Education at 800-350-4223 or cce@civiced.org