Dear NH Civics Educator,

I hope you are staying warm and hopeful this February. Here at NH Civics, we have been busy working on an updated website, planning great professional development opportunities, holding an inauguration, and envisioning the future. 
Looking for inspiration and a smile? Please watch NH’s Kid Governor 2019’s Lola Gianelli’s farewell speech here. A printed version is found here. Learn about NH’s Kid Governor Suzy Brand, her platform advocating for more time spent outside, and her amazing Kid Executive Council here

It is never too early to teach citizenship. Please read this piece about how Cindy Najem of Ernest Barka Elementary School used what she learned from past NH Civics trainings by Stephanie Serriere and Rebecca Valbuena and brought into her kindergarten classroom.  

Many thanks to you for everyday being the guardians of our democracy.

Your colleague,

Martha Madsen 
Executive Director
NH Institute for Civics Education

Introducing the 2020 NH Kid Governor:
Suzy Brand

Sant Bani School fifth-grader Suzy Brand is the winner of the second annual statewide election of New Hampshire’s Kid Governor®.

Brand says she will use her year-long term as New Hampshire’s Kid Governor to raise money and gather donations for outdoor gear, share outdoor challenges on her blog, and work on a bill to get students more time outdoors during the school day.

More than 1,000 New Hampshire fifth-graders voted in the 2019 Statewide Election, more than tripling last year’s participation. Fourteen schools nominated students and the program’s advisory board used criteria to narrow the field to seven candidates for fifth-graders to vote on. The number of students who voted increased by 225% over last year.

The other finalists will serve as New Hampshire’s Kid Executive Council in 2020.

Read more about Suzy, the Kid's Executive Council and the program in the Parenting NH magazine article.

Suzy testified on February 18, 2020 to support SB 533 a recess study committee.

2019 NH's Kid Governor Lola Gianelli is set to testify in support of HB 1388 -- A Humane Pet Store Bill. This hearing is not yet scheduled. 

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Students & the Free Press: Teaching the Fourth Estate

April 10, 2020
Nackey Loeb School of Communications
Manchester, NH

Featuring award winning journalism educator John Vitti, Concord High media literacy teacher Heather Oulette-Cygan, Burlington High editor-in- chief and recipient of the courage in student journalism award Julia Shannon-Grillo, Michael Hiestand, Senior Legal Counsel of the Student Press Law Center.

For more information, click here.
To register, click here.

Your Vote Your Voice: The 19th Amendment & Engaged Voters 100 Years Later

April 13, 2020
UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law
Concord, NH

Rachel Davison Humphries of the Bill of Rights Institute will present and share their timely 19th Amendment curriculum, Votes for Women: The Story of the 19th Amendment and Deo Mwano will deliver the keynote: Teaching Voting Rights & Civic Engagement. This training is geared towards high school and middle school teachers.

For more information, click here and to register, click here.  

Civics 603!

Civics 603! supplements middle to high-school (6-12th grade) students’ education on the Bill of Rights, the three branches of government, and civil discourse.  The program currently utilizes one of two landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases involving important issues that touch on the students’ daily lives. Students travel to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, meet with court officials, learn about one of the cases and, using worksheets provided to them and with the assistance of law clerks, develop mock appellate arguments that they then present to lawyers acting as judges. 

For more information, please contact Martha Madsen at

Lights, Camera, Civics

Final Events

March 10, 2020
Richard Free Library
Newport, NH
To register, contact: Andrea Thorpe at

June 1, 2020

Hanover, NH
To register, contact: Martha Madsen at

The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education will screen To Kill a Mockingbird as part of a multi-year statewide program designed to foster conversations with the public on law, justice, and civics. ​

These events are free and open to the public but preregistration is required.

Save the Date!

March 19, 2020
HYPE conference at UNH, Durham. Over 1000 NH high school students will gather to discuss the following philosophical questions

May 1, 2020
Law Day - This event pairs attorneys and judges with classrooms throughout the state to discuss concepts of law, rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and additional legal issues consistent with student interest and the course curriculum.

Contact Robin Knippers at NH Bar and let her know you are interested in participating in a “Lawyer in Every School” Day ! 

 August 17, 2020
NH’s Kid Governor Bootcamp for grade 5 teachers at the NH Institute of Politics, Saint Anselm College, Manchester. NH’s Kid Governor Coordinator, Luane Genest will give an overview of the program.  Michael Cassidy,  teaching fellow at Sant Bani School, will give participants tips on making candidate videos.  Jackie McKnight, media specialist at Charlotte Ave School in Nashua, will share her ideas for “tweaking” lessons. Participants will receive the materials needed to bring the NH’s Kid Governor Program to their classrooms.

October 23, 2020
Mike Anderson will lead a training on Teaching Democracy in Elementary School

October 29, 2020
Attorney Michael Rebell will speak to educators in the afternoon and the general public in the evening at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law. Mr. Rebell is suing the state of Rhode Island, claiming that the students in their public schools do not have access to a civics education adequate to allow them to perform the responsibilities of citizenship. Here is his appearance on Trevor Noah’s Daily Show (warning: contains colorful language). He is hoping to bring one or two of his youthful plaintiffs with him to this event. 

The Institute has been busy over the past few months! Here are a few photos of our learning events for teachers, students, and the public:

2020 New Hampshire's Kid Governor Suzy Brand's inauguration ceremony at the New Hampshire State House on Friday, January 17!

 New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education’s Lights, Camera, Civics! presentation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Pinkerton Academy in January 2020.

 New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education’s Lights, Camera, Civics! presentation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Paul School in December 2019.

New Hampshire Bar Association’s Law Related Education Program congratulates Hollis Brookline High School students on their first place win in the “We The People” State Finals held at the State Legislative Office Building on January 10

The Stump Speech!

The team at Civics 101 has concluded their annual student contest; The Stump Speech. Students were asked to send in their one-minute elevator pitch for why they should be the next president. Winners were announced on February 10th. You can listen to them and all the finalist here

Celebrating Law Day in NH!

Beyond High School: A Guide to Your Rights and Responsibilities
NOW is the time to sign your school up for a Beyond High School: A Guide to Your Rights and Responsibilities book presentation for you high school seniors! Graduation is just months away. This very informative book has been gifted to New Hampshire’s seniors since 2018.  Watch the NH Chronicle piece introducing the 2nd Edition of the book.  High school sign up is open! 
Receive FREE books for your Senior Class of 2020!

Invite a Lawyer or Judge to Visit Your Class
Volunteer lawyers and judges will visit classrooms across the state, Now through May 1, 2020. Find out more about a Lawyer & Judge in Every School, get lesson plans and resources to make your classroom visit memorable for your students.

The ABA 19th Amendment Traveling Exhibit is coming to New Hampshire
From April 27 - May 7 the exhibit will be at the New Hampshire State Library 20 Park St, Concord, NH 03301.

We hope you can attend with your students and families! Visit our calendar for all the latest LRE Events! This is a FREE Event.
The NH Institute for Civics Education envisions thriving communities led by engaged and informed citizens. The Institute has been established to develop, nurture, and maintain an informed, engaged, and civil New Hampshire citizenry through rigorous, authentic, and engaging civics education. The Institute promotes civic readiness as an essential part of K-12 education.

"Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval."

 — Susan B. Anthony

Generous support gratefully received from:

Citizens Count
The Geoffrey E. Clark & Martha Fuller Clark Fund
Cogswell Benevolent Trust
Friends of Charles F. Leahy 
The NH Bar Foundation
NH Charitable Foundation
The NH Supreme Court Society
The William W. Treat Foundation

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