What We Do

Civics 603!

Civics 603 supplements middle to high-school (6-12th grade) students’ education on the Bill of Rights, the three branches of government, and civil discourse. The program provides basic information about the structure of the Constitution; the operation of certain rights contained in the Bill of Rights; the three branches of government; the difference between the state and federal governments, between trials and appeals, and between civil and criminal cases; what constitutes evidence; the roles played by lawyers, court staff and judges; and the effect of “the times” on legal cases.  Students and teachers alike have been enthusiastic about the program.  Teachers have said that they feel their students have gotten a “master class” in appellate practice.  Students frequently comment on their surveys that they “loved” the program, “had a blast,” and “would 100% do it again.”


William W. Treat Lecture

The annual Treat Lecture is NH Civics’ premier public event. As the title suggests, it can be a formal lecture, more often, however, it has taken the form of a conversation. Our inaugural event in 2012 was a conversation between former US Supreme Court Justice David Souter and PBS New Hour’s Margaret Warner. More recently, Justice Souter himself interviewed US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Other Treat Lectures have featured talks by attorneys David Boies & Ted Olsen, National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg, writer and founder of Citizen University Eric Liu, Maine Senator Susan Collins, and former New Hampshire Governor and Senator Judd Gregg.


New Hampshire's Kid Governor

The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education (NH Civics) 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 NH Civics and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, with support from the New Hampshire State House and Department of Education.

Learn more at http://nh.kidgovernor.org/ 


Teacher Professional Development

The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education offers multiple free professional development for NH K-12 teachers as well as student voice events for students each year. We provide educator stipends for full participation (advance reading, in-person participation, follow up with inspired, relevant lessons for our curriculum library.) We prioritize separate training opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school teachers, as we feel that in most cases their needs are unique. When we design our days of learning we most often pair master teachers located here in NH with national civics leaders.


Mikva Challenge

The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education has won a three-year service grant to work with six NH middle schools as they implement a proven civics curriculum, educator professional development, and youth leadership program: the Mikva Challenge. This initiative is funded by the Bezos Family Foundation along with local NH organizations including the Tillotson Fund, the NH Democracy Fund, and the Jameson Trust. We are thrilled to be working with Groveton, Gorham, Littleton, Weare, Henniker, and Pittsfield, and hope to expand to work with other communities over the three year grant period!

We will begin with Project Soapbox in 2020-2021.


You Be the Judge

Landya McCafferty, Chief Judge of the Federal District Court in New Hampshire, is visiting high school history and social studies classes via video. Judge McCafferty talks to the students about being a federal judge and the path to the bench as well as answers any questions they may have about being a judge. The academic program she brings to the students is one she calls: “You Be the Judge.”


Lights, Camera, Civics!

Movies help us experience and understand each other and the world around us. They educate and enlighten us. And, they can lead to meaningful and much-needed discourse. Lights, Camera, Civics! hopes to be a catalyst for such conversations.

Our programs in action!

Today, I was almost brought to tears (of joy) with NH Institute for Civics Education's Civics 603 program. It was just a wonderful day. To top it off, I just got this text message from a student who asked me to send him pictures: "Thank you so much for this opportunity. It was a lot of fun and an amazing experience." Thank you everyone!
- Dina Michael Chaitowitz
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