2018 Civics Conference

2018 South Dakota Civic Education Conference

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June 14 & June 15, 2018, at Black Hills State University in beautiful Spearfish, South Dakota for the 2018 South Dakota Civic Education State Conference exploring the 2018 platform, “We the People: The Citizen and The Constitution.”


Citizenship is a tough occupation which obliges the citizen to make his own informed opinion and stand by it. - Martha Gellhorn 

There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship. - Ralph Nadar

Citizenship is no light trifle to be jeopardized any moment Congress decides to do so under the name of one of its general or implied grants of power. - Hugo Black 

The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight. - Theodore Roosevelt 


Media Literacy – In the Age of Fake News

Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser - Professor, Mass Communications
Black Hills State University

Civil Rights & Liberties as It Relates to the U.S. Constitution

Dr. Pamela Carriveau - Associate Professor, Political Science/Sociology
Black Hills State University

The U.S. Constitution A Native American Perspective

Mr. Shawn “Silbs” Silbernagel - Instructor, American Indian Studies
Black Hills State University

We the People: The Citizen and The Constitution - Classroom Implementation

Ms. Cori Engelhardt - Creekside Elementary, Spearfish School District
Mr. Patrick Gainey - Spearfish High School, Spearfish School District

Kids Voting South Dakota - Mock Elections

Mr. Rob Timm - President/CEO Chiesman Center for Democracy
Ms. Tamara Heidinger-Larson - State Coordinator KVSD


The cost of this conference is $45. Click Here to Register.

There are a limited number of scholarships available for the conference. We have applied for graduate credit through the University of Sioux Falls. For more information on the conference, graduate credit, and the scholarships available please email Wes Brown at wbrown@chiesman.org 

We look forward to seeing you…

Major funding for this conference by the Center for Civic Education’s James Madison Legacy Project made possible by a Department of Education Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant, additional funding from the Mary Chilton DAR Foundation, and through a partnership with Black Hills State University.


“I commend Kids Voting for the strong efforts they make to ensure that youth have a clear understanding o the importance of the voting process…(and) that we demonstrate to our youth the freedom we hold so dear requires acts of responsibility and accountability...”
John Thune, US Senator
South Dakota

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