Seeking to engage NH citizens in civil yet spirited dialogue about important constitutional issues of our time

Upcoming NHICE Program Examines How to Integrate Civics at the Elementary Level

Children learn by playing, acting out, and listening to stories. Strategies and practices such as morning meeting, role plays, class rule creation and literature are how elementary teachers best integrate civics education at the elementary school level.

Join NHICE for "Planting Seeds for Participatory Citizens: Integrating Civics at the Elementary Level," being held on Friday, June 26, from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., and Saturday, June 27, from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. The program will take place at The Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire Institute for Politics, in Manchester. The keynote speaker will be Judge Marjorie Rendell. Other speakers will include Beth Specker, Susan Wolowitz, Rebecca Valbuena, Dianna Terrell, and Erin Moore. Elementary educators will receive 30 clock hours and a $100 stipend. Those interested in attending the workshop may apply here.

Video Series and Study Guide Aim to Bolster Civics Education in New Hampshire Schools

Speaking at Constitutionally Speaking's inaugural event, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter cited "the pervasive ignorance of the Constitution of the United States and the structure of government" as the most significant problem in American politics today.

As part of its continuing effort to help fill the gap, Constitutionally Speaking has created "How Does the Constitution Keep Up with the Times?" Twelve Lessons on the Nation's Founding Document and Its Application in 21st Century America. This collection of short videos addressing contemporary constitutional topics—along with an online study guide that provides detailed lessons plans and suggested readings for New Hampshire classrooms—are accessible on our Video Gallery page.

Justice O'Connor Speaks on Democracy to Capacity Crowd in Concord

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor spoke to a capacity crowd at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord on Sept. 17. Accompanied by retired former colleague Justice David H Souter, she presented Constitutionally Speaking's William W. Treat Lecture on the topic of "The State of Democracy in America."

Read an article on the event in the Concord Monitor.

Watch more video of the event

Debt Ceiling Showdown, Affordable Care Act Spending Issues Subject of Discussion

The constitutional issues behind last year's debt ceiling showdown, as well as the phenomenon of Congress attaching conditions to federal grants, were discussed at a Nov. 8 symposium hosted by Constitutionally Speaking in collaboration with UNH Law's Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Policy.

Watch more video of the event

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Concord, NH 03301

The aim of Constitutionally Speaking is two-fold: to engage NH citizens of all ages in civil yet spirited dialogue about important constitutional issues of our time; and to galvanize support for the reintroduction of meaningful civics education in our schools.


It is made possible in part by generous support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Hoffman Family Foundation, the Badger Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the William W. Treat Foundation, Paul and Sandra Montrone, and the New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s Advancement of Justice Fund, Arthur & Esther Nighswander Justice Fund and The McLane Fund.