Each year, We the People students from around the country come together to demonstrate their knowledge of civics and government, participate in simulated congressional hearings, and experience the sights of Washington, D.C. This dynamic event is open to We the People high school classes that participate in a hearing at any level (classroom, district, regional, state) during the 2016-17 school year, without the prerequisite of winning your state competition. It is a learning opportunity that will impact students for years to come – and you can be the teacher that makes it all possible! That’s why teachers travel and participate for free. Plus, you can earn free professional development. We the People comes to life in Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is the ideal setting for We the People. Just imagine your students touring the United State Capitol, visiting the museums of the Smithsonian, or taking a class photo on the steps of the Supreme Court. Create a customized itinerary with these exciting sights (and more):
The Center for Civic Education is supported by WorldStrides in managing all aspects of the program again this year. For 50 years, WorldStrides has provided educational travel programs to over six million elementary, middle, high school, and university students.
|- Arlington National Cemetery
- Mount Vernon
- Capitol Building
- Supreme Court
- Library of Congress
||- White House
- Washington Monument Memorial Tour
- Smithsonian Museum of American History
- National Cathedral
- Embassy Row
Make plans now and guarantee your space to compete in Washington D.C. in the spring. Should your class win at the state level, your registration can shift automatically from the National Invitational to the National Finals, but either way you will compete at the national level. Click here for more details on the High School National Finals.
Travel to Washington, D.C., visit Smithsonian museums. Hotel check-in.
We the People begins! Spend the morning in hearings and the afternoon on Capitol Hill. After dinner, enjoy an evening walking tour of presidential memorials.
Hearings resume. Visit Arlington National Cemetery after lunch. Finalists will be announced in the evening.
Finalists will spend the morning in hearings. Sightseeing in Washington, D.C. Awards ceremony is tonight!
Hotel check out, then sightseeing before departing for home.
You can make this happen for you and your students!
- Take advantage of WorldStrides Gift of Education program. It's a highly-successful, easy-to-use fundraising tool that has helped hundreds of participants raise 100% of their program costs.
- Your personal Account Manager will be there to support you before, during, and after your program making it super easy - and fun - for you.
- You'll earn great rewards while traveling with your students, including free professional development
Are you a middle school teacher interested in the Middle School National Invitational? Click here.