Inspiring Informed Patriotism
Since 2005, our We the People Constitution Program has engaged thousands of students in Washington, DC, through immersive educational experiences about the U.S. Constitution. Help your students gain a profound understanding of the importance of active citizenship by bringing our stories, lessons, and values into your classroom.
The "We The People" Constitution Hub: Empower Your Classroom
Our “We the People” Constitution Hub is a free online tool designed to engage students with the Constitution’s living history and its vital role in our government. Whether you’re looking to introduce your students to the foundations of our government or aiming to foster a deeper understanding of their civic rights and responsibilities, the Hub is a vital educational tool for teachers.
Here are a few highlights of what the “We the People” Constitution Hub offers:
Curated Educational Content: Free access to lesson plans, educational videos, interactive resources, and various activities — all focused on the Constitution and its practical applications.
Customizable Material: Many resources available on the hub can be downloaded in different formats, allowing you to tailor them to meet your classroom’s specific standards and objectives.
Interactive Learning: Engage your students with quizzes and classroom discussion exercises designed to cater to all learning styles.
- Theater in Education: Explore the “Teaching the Constitution Through Theater” program, where students can learn about historical events through engaging theatrical plays.
- Collaborative Platform: Share, use, and contribute to lessons and resources on the platform, and collaborate with fellow educators from across the country.
Live Virtual Classroom Sessions: The hub offers the unique opportunity to schedule live virtual sessions with educators at participating “We the People” sites for an interactive and immersive learning experience — all at no cost.
The Hub is a collaborative effort by the We the People Consortium, which includes the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, the White House Historical Association, the National Archives and Records Administration, President’s Park/White House Visitor Center (National Park Service), and the George Mason Memorial (National Park Service).
Since 2005, our “We the People” Constitution Tour has served over 20,000 students in exploring how the U.S. Constitution comes alive in our nation’s capital. This free educational program is designed to engage Title I middle school students with the foundations of the United States government by providing firsthand experiences with the nation’s political landmarks and historical documents. By experiencing history where it happened, students can develop a more profound connection to the content they learn in the classroom.
Our “We the People” tour isn’t just a sightseeing trip – it’s an incredible learning experience that makes history and civic education more accessible and relatable for students.
Here is how our tour makes a difference:
- Students who said they would vote upon turning 18 increased from 55% before the tour to 67% after the tour.
- Students who say they will or might run for student government increased from 17% before the tour to 46% after the tour.
- Students who said they would or might run for public office increased from 42% before the tour to 55% after the tour.
- Most telling, 86% of teachers who went on our tour believed it would encourage their students to be more involved in public service.
percentage of students who say they will or might run for student government
percentage of students who said they will or might run for public office
percentage of students who said they will vote upon turning 18
22% of our nation’s 8th graders are proficient in civics
13% of our nation’s 8th graders are proficient in history
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In addition to the resources of the hub, teachers may schedule a virtual classroom session with educators at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, the White House Visitor Center, and the George Mason Memorial. Interested in scheduling a live session for your classroom?
Live classroom sessions with the National Archives are available through an existing program:
If you are a middle-school teacher, We the People educators would love to schedule a live session with your classroom! Please fill out the contact form below and our scheduler will be in touch with you.
With your support, we aim to bridge the knowledge gap and inspire a new generation of well-informed and active citizens.
About The We the People Consortium Partners:
Participants in the Hub, virtual tours, and in-person tours include:
About the United States Capitol Historical Society:
For more than 60 years, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society has proudly worked to preserve and share the history of the Capitol, the Congress, and the people who work therein. As a nonpartisan, educational 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Society was chartered by Congress in 1978, in part, “to foster and increase an informed patriotism.” In service of this mission, the Society conducts historical tours of the Capitol Building, hosts both virtual and in-person public history programming, publishes scholarly research in various aspects of Capitol History, coordinates an open-access civics education digital resource hub, manages a renowned civics education field trip program for D.C. public school students, and commissions works of fine art for the Capitol collections.