Author Archives: Jennifer Bloom

Update 2014 Get up to date before school starts!

Deepen your knowledge of the content of the new high school civics and government standards and explore resources for teaching them Build your knowledge of Read More

MCSS Workshop Powerpoint and Website Favorites

MCSS Workshop, March 3, 2014 Bring civics and government to life with trusted online resources! MCSS workshop powerpoint Go To Websites Principles of Democracy in Read More

Project Citizen State Showcase goes to the State Capitol May 8

Learn more and register now! 

MCSS Great Lakes Regional Conference

The annual MCSS and Great Lakes Regional Conference is March 2-3, 2014 at the Sheraton Bloomington (formerly Sofitel Minneapolis). Over 30 workshops, teacher of the Read More

Essay Contest for High School Seniors $500 scholarships to be awarded

Registration open! Limited to 150 students. The annual Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society contest is once again underway and this year tackles an interesting question about the Read More

Live from Geneva October 14-18: Reporting U.S. Human Rights Treaty Obligations in Action

Former civics teacher and current human rights attorney Amy Bergquist will be in Geneva, Switzerland, October 14-18, for the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee’s review of the United Read More

Supreme Court will Hold Oral Arguments in Wadena October 9, and you can watch!

The Minnesota Supreme Court will convene at the Wadena Memorial Auditorium in Wadena, Minn., at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2013. The Court will hear Read More

Interested in evaluating your school’s civic education program?

See how well your school is doing. Take the voluntary Minnesota Civic Education Self Assessment 2013. You won’t get a grade but you will see Read More

A Birthday Party for the U.S. Constitution!

Constitution Day Classroom Resources

Interesting Resources for Constitution Day! Technology-based lessons to energize your Constitution Day activities! Also, lessons for every grade level to help you meet the requirements Read More

Constitution Day

For Constitution Day lessons, type in “Constitution” in Find Lessons bar!

School Wide Plan for Constitution Day Observance

This plan is designed to help a school participate in Constitution Day in a meaningful way, with as little disruption to the regular school day Read More

Constitution USA

Does the Constitution have what it takes to keep up with modern America? Join Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! as he hits the Read More

Free Professional Development Seminar: Meeting New Standards

Tuesday, March 26, 3:30-7:30 Using the Deliberating in a Democracy Lesson “Should we lower our voting age to 16?” learn how to build your students’ Read More

Law Day Art Contest for U.S. Students Grades 9 through 12

2013 Theme: Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.  Submission: Students should create an art piece that can be represented in two dimensions (including, but not limited to, drawings, Read More

Congress in the Classroom applications due March 15

Congress in the Classroom is a national, award-winning education program  developed and sponsored by The Dirksen Congressional Center, the workshop is  dedicated to the exchange Read More

4th Annual First Amendment Cartoon Contest

Open to students nationwide: high school, middle school, and elementary school. Join us in celebrating the Bill of Rights with the 4th Annual First Amendment Read More

The real history of the NRA and gun control in America – Short Video

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre, legislators have returned to the debate over gun rights. Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law Read More

New game from iCivics

Can jury duty be fun? In We the Jury, it is. In the latest game from iCivics, you decide a tough case and discover what jurors Read More

Grants available for middle and high school teachers to attend Political Science workshop, application deadline January 15, 2013

This initiative is sponsored by the Workshop on the Scientific Study of Politics at the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University, Midwest Political Read More

We the People State Showcase and Competition Dec. 6

At the State Capitol, participation expenses supported through Legacy Grant, and announcing new pilot program for elementary and middle school students!  Find out more!

Last-minute presidential election guide – top five links worth sharing‏

From ProCon.org  Top five links includes Presidential Candidate  Match Quiz, Candidate Summary Chart, and other important resources for the final days!

We the People Showcase and Competition Dec. 11

At the State Capitol, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Participation expenses supported through Legacy Grant. Find out more!

Teaching Electoral College

As focus turns to the Electoral College in the last week of the too-close-to-call campaign, explore these lessons on this news-breaking topic: PBS NewsHour includes Read More

Lessons for Minnesota Constitutional Amendments

Minnesota voters face two constitutional amendment questions: marriage and voter ID. New lessons tackle these controversial topics. Minnesota Marriage Amendment  Minnesota Voter ID Amendment New Read More

Advancing civic learning

Opportunity to voice your thoughts. . . From the US Department of Education : At a White House event this past January, the Obama Administration Read More

Looking for lessons on Presidential Debates and Elections?

Links to ideas for teaching the upcoming Presidential Debates. Use a scorecard or bingo game!

Celebrate the 225th birthday of the U.S. Constitution at Brit’s Pub!

Essay Contest for Minnesota High School Seniors –$500 scholarships to be awarded. Register by Sept. 15

The Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society launches second annual essay contest.   The contest is open to all Minnesota high school seniors and is sponsored in Read More

UPDATE 2014–Get Updated Before School Starts!

  Deepen your knowledge of the content of the new high school civics and government standards and explore resources for teaching them Build your knowledge Read More

New Free Workshop Offering from Humanities Center, April, 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Based on the curriculum for the PBS documentary, Slavery by Another Name, learn best practices for using storytelling, including digital storytelling, as an effective teaching tool Read More

FlackCheck.org will track political lies, launches Jan. 1

http://www.flackcheck.org/  FlackCheck.org will use humor to track the media and political adds, pointing out deceptions and spin. Brought to you by FactCheck.org from the University of Read More

Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration

Popular, entertaining video that depicts the Founding Fathers as they perform “Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZfRaWAtBVg

iCivics launches new game!

 ”Win the White House” allows players to run for president from the primaries through Election Day. As part of the Politics and Public Policy curriculum Read More

Street Law Supreme Court Institute Application Available

Street Law, Inc. is now accepting online applications for the 2012 Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers. The application deadline is March 12, 2012. http://www.streetlaw.org/en/Article.266.aspx

Supreme Court Teaching Resources

Tuesday, October 04, 2011 The Supreme Court of the United States began the 2011-12 Term on Monday, October 3.  Street Law, Inc. is celebrating the beginning of the Read More

Cases lining up to ask Supreme Court to clarify Second Amendment rights

A funny thing has happened in the three years since gun-rights activists won their biggest victory at the Supreme Court. They’ve been on a losing Read More

We the People Update Washington, DC Institute REGISTRATION CLOSED

We the People/Update goes to Washington! THE ROLE OF THE JUDICIARY AND THE MEDIA IN A DEMOCRACY Sunday, June 26 (starting around 5 pm) to Read More

NAEP Civics Test Points to Crisis

Only a tiny percentage of American students achieved superior performance in civics on the 2010 NAEP test known as the “nation’s report card.” From the Read More

Updated Lesson: Islamist Terrorism: From 1945 to the Death of bin Laden

On May 1, 2011, President Barak Obama announced to the nation and the world that Osama bin Laden, the head of the Al Qaeda terrorism Read More

America, the ignorant?

NEWSWEEK gave 1,000 Americans the U.S. Citizenship Test—38 percent failed. The country’s future is imperiled by our ignorance. In this week’s issue, Andrew Romano looks Read More

Rock the Vote & the National Education Association Announce Democracy Day!

Forty years ago, educators and students worked together to lower the voting age to 18. In doing so, they amended the Constitution and empowered millions Read More

Comment on First Draft of MN Social Studies Standards by March 14

The first draft of the revised standards was posted online on Feb. 25. Members of the public are invited to view the draft and make Read More

Legislator for a Day POSTPONED!

June 21, 2011 8:30-3:00 Minnesota State Capitol Due to the anticipated special legislative session before July 1 and the election to the Minnesota Senate of Read More

Project Citizen Summer Institutes-registration deadline soon!

The early registration deadline for the 2011 Project Citizen Summer Institutes is quickly approaching! Once again the Center for Civic Education is offering five national Read More

New Lesson on presidential powers for Ronald Reagan’s Birthday

Ronald Reagan Lesson On the occasion of the one-hundredth anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth, the Center for Civic Education and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Read More

Bill of Rights Institute website updated! Re-subscribe!

Discover free lesson plans, Founding documents, and landmark case resources, all easier to find and use, on the updated Bill of Rights Institute website. And Read More

A column about Supreme Court of the United States histories that made me smile

Hope you enjoy it too! Mark A. Graber, “The Supreme Court Justices’ Guide to the Supreme Court” http://umlaw.typepad.com/quoth/2010/09/the-supreme-court-justices-guide-to-the-supreme-court.html

Declaration of Independence You Tube Video

This might be a useful online video resource for teachers: This is an excerpt from a July 1997 CBS News Sunday Morning broadcast (the episode Read More