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. To learn more about New Hampshire's Kid Governor and how your class, school or district can participate in this groundbreaking civics program, please email Martha Madsen.

Innovative opportunities 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.

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*Lights, Camera, Civics!*

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

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, Civics hopes to be a catalyst for such conversations. Not only is there division in our country and state over a multitude of issues, within our own communities there is 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 - has taken a back seat to standardized testing and STEM subjects and skills.

New Hampshire Humanities has 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, 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
To Kill A Mockingbird. The kick-off event will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Service at UNH School of Law in Concord, NH. A light lunch will be provided.
There will be a facilitated conversation after the screening, led by Colby Sawyer College humanities professor and film expert Pat Anderson; Attorney Dina Michael Chaitowitz, former appellate chief of the United State Attorney’s Office in Boston; and Concord High senior Julia

“Having taught college film classes for decades,” Anderson says, “I can attest to the impact which this powerful art form can have on viewers –
how it can serve as a catalyst for meaningful and thought-provoking conversations.”

For more information on the January kick-off or how to get involved in this project in your county, contact Martha Madsen, President of New
Hampshire Institute for Civics Education, by email at

NHICE hosted a workshop for educators on Surfing in the Age of Fake News on Friday, October 5 at St. Anselm College in Manchester. Presenters included Sam Wineburg, Ann Hadwen of Educational Design Studio, and Concord High School Media Literacy teachers Elizabeth York and Heather Houellette-Cygan.

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. Two extremely successful “pilot” programs were conducted in April 2018, and students were able to meet with, and ask questions of, the Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Learn more.

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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