The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education (NHICE) is proud to announce the launch of New Hampshire’s Kid Governor®, a statewide program for 5th graders! The program will be a partnership between NHICE and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, with support from the New Hampshire State House and Department of Education.

Register for the Kid Governor August 16 Bootcamp for educators here!

View the bootcamp schedule here.

Innovative opportunities for educators

collaborating with community partners

Public Programs

Civics 603! offers NH educators and their students the opportunity to travel to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, meet with court officials, learn about key cases, and develop and present mock appellate arguments before lawyers acting as judges. The in-court program takes about 120 minutes.  To date, approximately 10 schools have participated in this program and all have met with the Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court, with great success.  Join the movement. Learn more.

What we do

© Copyright 2016

Workshops for educators

​​​Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) presented the William W. Treat Lecture in an event hosted by Constitutionally Speaking on Friday, September 21 at the Dana Center at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. Sen. Collins spoke on Civility, Cooperation, and Compromise: Why Our Constitutional Republic Requires Them.

Generous support 
gratefully received from:

William W. Treat Foundation

NH Supreme Court Society

Friends of Charles F. Leahy
The NH Bar Foundation
William W. Upton

The NH Institute for Civics Education is partnering with the NH Bar Association to present We the People: Project Citizen on August 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the US District Court, 55 Pleasant Street in Concord.

Speakers include Laura Dwyer, Maria Gallo, Maureen McGuirl, and Shannan McKenna.

View a PDF of the workshop flyer here.
Register for the two-day Project Citizen workshop here.

*Lights, Camera, Civics!*

The NH Institute for Civics Education is looking for an educator and an education-oriented lawyer in each NH county to work together with a youth leader to organize and lead a local film showing and discussion for this year’s 
Lights, Camera, and Civics! program.  Please contact Martha Madsen at if you are interested in organizing such an event in 2019.

There is division in our country over a multitude of issues as well as a lack of connection among people of different ages and viewpoints.  In our schools, civics education – which requires consideration of multiple perspectives and individual and group reflection – often takes a back seat to standardized testing and STEM subjects and skills. 
Lights, Camera, and Civics! hopes to address these concerns. How? Movies help us to experience and understand each other and the world around us. They educate and enlighten us.  And, they can lead to a meaningful and much-needed discourse. Lights, Camera, and Civics! is a catalyst for such conversations.

New Hampshire Humanities awarded a Community Project Grant to the NH Institute for Civics Education for film screenings in all ten NH counties to start multigenerational conversations about law, justice, and civics. Through Lights, Camera, and Civics!, one film will be offered each year, chosen to appeal to a range of ages and demographics. Local teams made up of a lawyer, a teacher, and a high school student will lead these community discussions. The film selected for 2019 is the beloved classic 
To Kill a Mockingbird

The kick-off event took place on January 27, 2019 at the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Service at UNH School of Law in Concord, NH, and was wildly successful.  The very engaged and lively post-film discussion was facilitated by Colby Sawyer College humanities professor and film expert Patrick D. Anderson; Attorney Dina Michael Chaitowitz, former appellate chief of the United State Attorney’s Office in Boston; and Concord High senior Julia Peabody-Harhigh. 

 Communities are already signing up.  Be among them.  Contact Martha Madsen at 

Planning a program? Download our toolkit materials below:

Planning Guide                       Collective Commitments                    Poster

Promotion Guide                    Legal Discussion Topics                       NHICE 501(c)(3) - for soliciting venue or food donations

Discussion Guide                    Legal Back-up Materials                      NH Humanities Evaluation Form