Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the most often asked questions. If you have others, please let us know.
- In the high school, can the We the People class be weighted?
Many teachers have been successful in getting their We the People class weighted but, that is a decision that is made by the school or school district.
- Can students do more than one unit when preparing for the simulated hearing?
If there are not enough students in your class to have a minimum of 5 students assigned to each unit for the hearing, students may be assigned to more than one unit. See Rules of the Competition.
- Can we do the We the People program as a club?
We the People can be done as a club at levels one and two (grades 4-8) but doing it in this manner will make your high school level class ineligible for competition.
- How long does it take to complete the We the People curriculum and do the hearing?
It depends. We the People is typically done at the high school level during the senior civics and government class which is one semester. At the elementary and middle school level, We the People can easily be integrated into existing social studies classes and taught throughout the year.
- How do I get a free set of textbooks?
Each state is given an allotment of free textbooks each year. Those sets are given to teachers who attend a one-day professional development session until all sets have been given away.
- Can I get more than one set of free textbooks if I teach more than one class?
As mentioned in the question above, we get a limited number of free sets of textbooks. Therefore, we are only able to provide one set of textbooks per teachers. Textbooks may be purchased through the Center for Civic Education at a very reasonable price.
- How much do We the People textbooks cost?
Pricing information for We the People textbooks can be found at the Center for Civic Education.
- How well does the We the People curriculum fit with the new Arizona Standards?
The We the People curriculum fits nicely with the new Arizona Civics and Government standards. Go to the standards page for more information.
- Do I have to have previously used the We the People curriculum in order to attend a summer institute?
No, teachers may apply for a summer institute even if they have never used the materials before. However, it helps to be somewhat familiar with the textbook before attending so that there is some comfort level with the units and the culminating hearing.
- Can I get district credit or hours toward re-certification for attending an in-service or institute?
Whether or not your district gives you credit or not is up to them. Each teacher that attends an in-service receives a detailed agenda as well as a signed certificate of attendance with the number of hours completed printed right on it. As for institutes, we work with a university to provide the opportunity for teachers to get credit hours. Of course, it is up to the teachers to pay any tuition to the university.
- What should I do with students that transfer into my We the People class after the class has completed the textbook and is working on the hearing questions?
One suggestion is to assign the student one of the units to read and study. Then allow them to work with that unit's group to prepare for the questions. They can still have a role in the hearing and make a contribution to the group.