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April 6, 2018

Edward M. Kennedy Institute to Host We the People Massachusetts Middle School Civic Showcase

More than 100 students from across the state will present on their knowledge of the Constitution as part of the Institute’s partnership with the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education

BOSTON – On Monday, April 9, at 9 a.m. the Edward M. Kennedy Institute will host the first-ever Massachusetts middle school We the People showcase, a program where students from throughout the Commonwealth convene to share what they have learned from in-depth study of the U.S. Constitution. The showcase is organized by the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education (MACCE), a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting civic education in our communities and schools.

Eighth grade students from four schools across the state will participate in mock trials where they will present arguments on the historical foundations of the Constitution and the conversations that have arisen since its creation. Students will tackle questions that address the philosophical underpinnings and citizen responsibilities of the Constitution.

In January of this year, as part of the Institute’s partnership with the MACCE, high school students came to the Institute to participate in a statewide We the People competition, the culmination of a nationally acclaimed, curriculum-based civic education program that helps students understand the history, philosophies, and evolution of constitutional government. Through the Institute’s partnership with MACCE, the Institute will also serve as a venue for professional development workshops for educators and adult learning opportunities focused on the United States government.

WHAT: We the People Middle School Showcase from Williston Northampton School, M. Marcus Kiley Middle School, Frontier Regional Middle School, and the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School

WHEN: Monday, April 9, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate Columbia Point – Boston, MA

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About the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education

The Massachusetts Center for Civic Education is a private, nonprofit, non-partisan organization that promotes civic learning and engagement in Massachusetts public and private schools and communities. The MACCE believes proper citizenship education benefits communities by creating generations of responsible citizens who are educated in the principles of democracy and who learn the value of participating in local, state, and national government.

About the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is a nonprofit organization in Boston envisioned by the late Senator Ted Kennedy; it is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in government, encouraging civic participation, and invigorating civil discourse. Through digital exhibits, interactive educational offerings, and topical programs, the Institute engages students and visitors in a conversation about the critical role each person plays in our democracy and in our society. Learn more via


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