Marc Picker talks concerning the We the Individuals civic schooling program in Nevada.
Jason Bean, RGJ

A Northern Nevada group dedicated to educating college students the worth of civic engagement has been awarded $50,000 from the Gannett Foundation’s A Group Thrives grant program.

The grant was awarded to the Nevada Middle for Civic Engagement. The cash will go towards growing the nonprofit’s We the Individuals program, which teaches Constitutional regulation, history and the ideas of the Constitution to fifth-grade, seventh-grade and highschool-aged students by means of interactive curriculum. 

Roughly 70 elementary faculties, 15 center faculties and forty five excessive faculties take part in the We the Individuals program. Marc Picker, co-president of the Nevada Middle for Civic Engagement, stated the grant will permit them to broaden the program — notably into rural areas. 

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“What this provides us the chance to do is broaden the educating of the U.S. Structure and the rights and duties of our residents and our students as residents of this nation past the two urban facilities of Las Vegas and Reno but in addition out into the agricultural counties,” stated Picker. 

The cash will go toward offering free training to rural academics in We the Individuals’s civic engagement curriculum, whether they select to take part in this system or not. 

The We the Individuals curriculum was developed in 1987 — the bicentennial of the Constitution — by U.S. Supreme Courtroom Chief Justice Warren Berger, who truly retired from the excessive courtroom to spearhead this system. 

It was shortly adopted in 1989 by academics in Nevada and has been a shiny spot in the Silver State’s civic schooling curriculum since. The curriculum allows educators to raised train subjects starting from government and the Constitution to research, historical past, writing and public speaking. 

Past in-classroom curriculum, We the Individuals challenges students with arms-on workouts and competitions designed to interact them in civic conversation and thought. 

On the middle faculty degree, these competitions are faculty-vast, with teams of students vying towards each other in mock congressional hearings the place their information of constitutional regulation, history and the Constitution is tested.

At the high school degree, teams compete towards different faculties, with the most effective within the state given the chance to compete nationally in Washington, D.C.

Every year for the last 5 or 6 years, a staff from Nevada has positioned within the prime 15 nationally, Picker stated. 

“The We the Individuals program is designed not for just educating college students in the present day, it is designed to help these students understand what their position is in the way forward for the country,” Picker stated. 

“In the We The Individuals program, our…