Conflict Resolution and United States History is a two-volume curriculum supplement for U.S. history teachers for grades 5 through
college. It includes 20 case studies of conflicts in American history from the colonial period through the twentieth century. Each volume also
includes a CD with primary source documents, overheads, student handout, maps and illustration, as well as a DVD showing middle and high school
students role-playing historical figures using conflict resolution skills. Each case study provides a detailed historical background, short
biographies of key historical figures, an examination of the issues and perspectives, and an analysis of the consequences, along with questions
for discussion and a list of additional resources. It is written for the teacher and you only need one copy per teacher. Click for additional
Project Citizen is a project based civic education program for
middle and high school students. It emphasizes responsible participation in local and state government. The program involves students in
understanding public policy. In the process students develop an appreciation and feelings of civic empowerment. Entire classes of
students can work cooperatively in small groups to effect change in their community. A process is used here the students identify a problem
area. They then research the problem, evaluate alternative solutions, and create a political action plan to enlist local or state authorities
to change, or develop a policy. Participants develop a portfolio of their work, and present their work in a hearing of civic-minded
community members. Click for additional information.
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is a program of the
Center for Civic Education in Woodland Hills, CA. It is coordinated by the New Jersey Center for Civic
Education, with assistance from Congressional district coordinators for each Congressional district in the state. The primary goal of the
program is to promote civic competence and responsibility among New Jersey elementary and secondary students. What had made the program so
successful is the design of the program and innovative culminating activity. Click for additional information.
Constitution Day is September 17th of each year. Since Constitution
Day falls early in the school year, you may want to use it to begin a series of lessons that will help your students to understand American
constitutional democracy and their role in it as citizens. You may also want to use Constitution Day as a way to introduce your students to the
need for rules and laws and the requirements for Constitutional rules or laws, such a due process and equal protection. You may also want to use
Constitution Day as a way to involve your students in writing a class Constitution. Click for additional information.
Legislators Back to School is an annual month-long program in New
Jersey that runs from September 15 to October 15. Call your legislator and invite him or her to your classroom. Click for
In-service Workshops The Center offers a wide variety of in-service
professional development programs to fit the needs of your school district, as well as assistance in developing an integrated,
well-articulated social studies program or learning center at your school. The Center is registered with the New Jersey Department of
Education as a provider of professional development services. Click for a list of workshops available from the Center.