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U.S. Census Bureau seeks teachers for ambassador program

The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for teachers for grades Pre-K - 12 to join the Statistics in Schools Ambassador Program. Are you a Pre-K through 12th grade teacher or know someone who is? For more information on how to apply, email CLMSO.SISambassador@census.gov. Celebrate Statistics in the Schools Week from March 2-6. There will be exciting virtual events throughout the week for teachers, students, and the community.

From the Gates of Auschwitz

Effectively communicating the messages of the Holocaust becomes increasingly challenging with time. A specially produced media event co-sponsored by Rutgers University and the March of The Living will be broadcast live from Auschwitz at approximately 5 pm Poland time (11 am EST) on Monday, April 20 which is the day before Holocaust Memorial Day. Visit the March of the Living website for more information on how to participate. 

James Madison Fellowship applications are available

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state, per year. Deadline to submit application is 6 p.m., March 1.

American Lawyers Alliance announces nomination process for Teacher of the Year award

For the past 60 years, the American Lawyers Alliance has been active in its support of public education, citizenship awareness and various service programs. Recognizing the vital role that teachers play in law-related education, the alliance began in 1985 to sponsor Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year awards. The purpose of these awards is to honor public and private high school teachers who have made significant contributions in law-related education. Nominations for the 2020 Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year awards may be submitted by the applicant, school administrators, other teachers, students, lawyers, judges, professional members of the community or any other interested parties by March 15. Visit the Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year website.

Constitutional Rights Foundation offers student programs

The Constitutional Rights Foundation provides programs for the youth of today and leaders of tomorrow that provide the skills and confidence to engage actively in civic life.
  • Civic Action Project (CAP) This cutting-edge program is used in all 50 states and many countries. CAP students, including many who live in low-income communities, learn civics by addressing real issues and problems that matter to them. They work with government officials and community agencies to achieve real policy change, from improving public transportation to instituting anti-bullying policies at schools. CAP reaches well more than 96,000 students each year.
  • Amplifying Youth Voice The foundation has partnered with Empower the People, founded by two students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Sari Kaufman, a senior at Douglas High School, and Casey Sherman, now at Duke University, are leading a new national CAP Youth Board. Together, they are planning and hosting Citizen Debates where policymakers and experts share different perspectives on key issues and have civil dialogue with CAP students around the nation. Its first Citizen Debate event was held in partnership with Duke's Fuqua School of Business, with hundreds of CAP students from Durham, NC, Los Angeles, CA, Spokane, WA, and Longmont, CO. Next up, an online event for more CAP classes, then on to Los Angeles.

The U.S. Census Bureau provides program to increase awareness of the 2020 census

Statistics in Schools (SIS) is a U.S. Census Bureau program that uses census statistics to create classroom materials for grades preK through 12. Teachers and subject matter experts nationwide helped develop each Statistics in Schools activity to increase awareness of and overall public response to the decennial census. The Statistics in Schools program includes more than 200 activities and resources that enhance learning and engage administrators, teachers, students and their parents or guardians in public conversations about the census. Resources include lesson plans, data tools, fun facts and more.