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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
In January 2021, NH Civics was connected with a Civics Roundtable group and reached out to other groups as well about starting a coalition for state policy in New Hampshire. All organizations were enthusiastic about the topic and the work. NH Civics was encouraged by the enthusiasm and support and its Trustees decided to raise funds to pursue this project.
Please contact us with any questions you may have about any of our programs or would like additional information.