National Invitational 2023

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The 2023 National Invitational will be held virtually April 20-21, 2023.

We the People middle and high school classes qualify to attend the National Invitational by participating in a simulated congressional hearing at the school, district, or state levels during the 2022-2023 school year.

The National Invitational takes the form of a simulated congressional hearing. During the hearings groups of students testify as constitutional experts before panels of judges acting as congressional committees. Each class is divided into six groups based on the six units of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution middle school textbook. Each hearing begins with a four minute opening statement by students and is followed by an eight minute period of follow-up questioning during which judges probe students' depth of knowledge, understanding and their ability to apply constitutional principles. Classes have the opportunity to compete or showcase at the event. The format provides students an excellent opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles while providing the judges with an excellent means of assessing students' knowledge and application to historical and current constitutional issues.
Participants in the National Invitational may elect to travel to Washington, D.C. Virtual hearing rooms will be arranged at the students’ hotel.  Travel, lodging, and tour arrangements for classes are made by WorldStrides. The Center for Civic Education organizes all other aspects of the National Invitational. If you would like to compete in the National Invitational, complete this brief Intent to Compete form.

For more information, please contact Emily Voss (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


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