The Joy of Journalism: K-12

Thu, April 9, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

​Award-winning journalism educator John Vitti will share his story – how a longtime member of the Boston Globe sports department came to teach journalism to students K-12 in his off hours, and then grow further to where he is launching a journalism education nonprofit. He will talk about how to connect with students, teachers, and schools without leaving home, and why every school everywhere should have some sort of journalism program.

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Women’s Suffrage & the 19th Amendment: Engaged Voters & Citizens 100 Years Later
Thu, April 30, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Rachel Davison Humphries of the Bill of Rights Institute will present and share Votes for Women: The Story of the 19th Amendment

Rachel Davison Humphries is the Director of Outreach at the Bill of Rights Institute. She leads the team that develops teacher and student outreach programs, fosters close relationships with BRI’s network of 50,000 teachers, and manages the marketing initiatives. Prior to joining BRI in 2016, Rachel worked for almost a decade as an educator, mentor and trainer in middle, high school, and university environments, and continues to consult on a variety of educational projects. Rachel earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts from the Great Books program at St. John's College, in Annapolis, Maryland, her teaching certificate in Adolescent Education from the Association Montessori Internationale, and is pursuing her Masters in Learning, Design, and Technology at Georgetown University.

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​​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

Student Journalism: What is the Law?
Thu, April 16, 2020

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Student journalists are entitled to some of the First Amendment’s free speech and free press protections.

Featuring Burlington High editor-in- chief and recipient of the courage in student journalism award Julia Shannon-Grillo and Michael Hiestand, Senior Legal Counsel of the Student Press Law Center.

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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.

We want you to know that the NH Institute for Civics Education seeks to support you as you quickly adjust your curriculum and your life to teach remotely. We honor this hard work. Several of you have described to me what your “typical day” is like (caring for and teaching children, monitoring elderly parents while also making sure to connect with each student virtually.) We see your struggles and courage as you face this challenge. 

Click here for more civics education teaching resources. 

William W. Treat Lecture 

What we do

Voting and Civic Engagement

Thu, April 23, 2020

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Through civic engagement, such as voting and volunteering, people develop and use knowledge, skills, and voice to cultivate positive change.

Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Deo Mwano is an innovative, multi-cultural leader in education, organizational leadership and social justice. He teaches, inspires, and motivates students to follow a path of self-improvement and dedication to others. In doing so, Deo draws on his often traumatic personal experience as well as his educational background.

Deo earned his BA in International Relations and History and MBA in Strategic Leadership. His honors include being named to The Union Leader’s 2016 40 Under 40 as an emerging leader in New Hampshire.

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Each year, with our Constitutionally Speaking partners, we bring high-profile civics speakers to New Hampshire to speak about civility and the importance of civics education.

This year our event took place at Saint Anselm College’s Institute of Politics. Former U.S. Senator and NH Gov., Judd Gregg and Publisher of the Union Leader, Joseph W. McQuaid shared stories and perspectives about national politics and what sets the Granite State apart from others when it comes to civic engagement. Read about the event here. Read about the event here.

January 26, 2020

Lights, Camera, Civics! To Kill a Mockingbird Screening and Discussion

The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education will screen To Kill a Mockingbird as part of a multi-year statewide program designed to foster conversations with the public on law, justice, and civics. ​

The event is free and open to the public but preregistration is required.

​To register, contact: Dina Michael Chaitowitz at

Workshops for educators

collaborating with community partners



​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.​

Generous support 
gratefully received from:

The NH Charitable Foundation
Citizens Count
The Geoffrey E. Clark & Martha Fuller Clark Fund
Friends of Charles F. Leahy
The NH Bar Foundation 
The NH Supreme Court Society
The William W. Treat Foundation
William W. Upton