News and Events

Save the Date for the Michigan/Great Lakes Social Studies Conference

05 June, 2013


The Michigan Center for Civic Education is partnering with the Michigan Council for Social Studies, Michigan Council on Economic Education, and the Michigan Geographic Alliance to present the Michigan/Great Lakes Social Studies Conference on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in Lansing,


Congressional Record Recognition of Michigan We the People State Champions by Hon. Mike Rogers

21 May, 2013


"Twenty-nine exceptionally bright students from Howell High School in Michigan won a competition on their knowledge of the Constitution. As the winners of this competition , they came to Washington, D.C. the last weekend in April to participate in the national finals of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program.


Civics/Government/Law Presenters Sought for Joint Social Studies Conference

06 May, 2013


Do you have a program or resource to share with teachers to help educate youth for engaged, responsible citizenship?  Consider presenting at the Michigan/Great Lakes Social Studies Conference to be held October 18-19 at the Ramada Lansing Hotel and Conference Center.


We the People team ready for this weekend's nationals

25 April, 2013

Livingston Daily

Members of the We the People constitutional debate team from Howell High School  have arrived in Washington, D.C. for this weekend’s national championships.

This is the first time the Howell team has qualified for the national finals, which are being held Saturday and Sunday at George Mason University  and Monday in Congressional hearing rooms on Capitol Hill.

More than 1,300 students  from across the U.S. are expected to take part in the competition, which tests students’ knowledge on constitutional issues in a format similar to a Congressional hearing.

Local residents can keep up with the team Washington activities by visiting its Facebook page at The Top 10 qualifying teams will be posted online at after 10 p.m. Sunday.



Kalamazoo Central Mock Trial Team going to National Tournament

03 April, 2013

 By Julie Mack | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kalamazoo Central High School's mock trial team got word at 3 p.m. Tuesday that they'll be representing Michigan in the national tournament.

By 5 p.m., the students were at a practice session.

It's an exciting turn of events for the team, which came in second to Clarkston High School in the March 23 state tournament. As the state champion team, Clarkston Michigan's spot at the national contest.


Demonstration to Help Polish Howell's 'We The People' Team

01 April, 2013


WHMI Livingston County

An event next week will serve as a tune-up of sorts for a local group of students set to represent Michigan in a national competition. Howell High School’s We The People team is hosting a demonstration night on Tuesday, April 9th at the Howell High School Auditorium as they prepare for the National Competition April 26th -29th in Washington DC.  School officials say the demonstration night will serve multiple purposes by letting the public see what We the People is about, while also helping the students practice and thanking their sponsors as well. Since taking 1st place at the State Finals in January, several individuals, businesses and organizations have contributed to help the team raise the $52,000 needed for all 29 members to travel to Washington DC.  A big part of that came from the Ted and Jane Von Voightlander Foundation, which pledged $26,000.  At the Demonstration Night, each team will answer one question from the judges based on the three questions the teams are preparing for Competition.  Guest judges include Howell Superintendent Ron Wilson, Livingston County Prosecutor Bill Vailliencourt, Howell High School Principal Jason Schrock, and others. We the People is an instructional program on the history and principles of American constitutional democracy for elementary, middle school, and high school students.


Howell High School We The People Team Returns from Washington, DC

01 May, 2013

Howell High School

While Howell High School’s We The People Team did not finish in the Top 10 at the 26th Annual We The People National Finals in Washington, DC over the weekend, the team’s Unit 6 did receive an award as the Top Unit 6 in the nation. Members will return to classes Wednesday with many great memories and experiences to treasure.


Cranbrook Sixth Graders Win State Bar of Michigan’s Second Annual Law Day Contest

01 May, 2013


A group of 21 talented sixth graders from Cranbrook Girls Middle School in Bloomfield Hills has won a $1,000 grand prize award in the State Bar of Michigan's second annual Law Day Contest. Second place in the contest, and a $750 prize, goes to a group composed of leaders of the Davis-Dunnings Bar Association, youth involved in the Turning Point of Lansing, and various volunteers.


Register Now for Civility and Free Expression: A Community Conversation On Gun Violence

01 March, 2013

 Civility across the nation seems to be lacking in both political discourse and our daily lives. Is it possible for us to freely share our ideas on contentious issues and remain civil with one another?


Exploring Careers in the Law--Summer Program for High School Students–Now Accepting Applications

28 February, 2013


Each summer, the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center offers a dynamic program that illustrates the work of state courts. Participants examine how appellate courts work by arguing a case as if before the Michigan Supreme Court. The program is for students entering 10th–12th grade (Fall 2013) and 2013 graduates. This year’s program will be held July 29-August 2 from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m daily.


MCCE’s Resources, Programs, & Lessons

Educating for Citizenship

Educating for Citizenship is a conference for educators and community members that highlights best practices in law-related and civic education in Michigan and nationally.

Civic Education Teacher of the Year Award

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Mock Trial

A Mock Trial is designed to reenact much of what might take place in a trial court.  Students take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses and compete against each other in real courtrooms in front of real judges and lawyers.

"[A] unique opportunity for young people to learn about the legal system..."

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