About Us 

The mission of Civic Education Washington State is to promote an enlightened and responsible citizenry that is committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries


Civic Education Washington State is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to fostering the development of informed, responsible participation in civic life by citizens committed to values and principles fundamental to American constitutional democracy.

Civic Education Washington State specializes in civic/citizenship education, law-related education, and international educational exchange programs for developing democracies. Programs focus on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights; American political traditions and institutions at the federal, state, and local levels; constitutionalism; civic participation; and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

Today, the organization administers a wide range of critically acclaimed curricular, teacher training, and community-based programs. The principal goals of its programs are to help students develop (1) an increased understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy and the fundamental principles and values upon which they are founded, (2) the skills necessary to participate as effective and responsible citizens, and (3) the willingness to use democratic procedures for making decisions and managing conflict.

The following statement by Thomas Jefferson expresses the rationale and goals:

"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion."

Civic Education Washington State has been associated with the Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, California with an office in Washington, D.C. Since its inception, Center materials have been used not only in Washington State but in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, the trust territories, and a long list of foreign countries including Argentina, Australia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Canada, the Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Poland, Romania, and Russia. 


Civic Education Washington State is funded through public and private grant sources, including the U.S. Department of Education, Washington State Legislature, Washington Judges’ Foundation, and the Microsoft Corporation.  Program donations have been provided by Jansport, Inc., Coca-Cola Corporation, Albertsons, and the Starbucks Corporation. 


Civic Education Washington State is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  To make a tax-deductible donation, checks should be made out to: 

Civic Education Washington State
560 South 158th Street
Burien, WA 98148-1205


Kathy Hand, Executive Director

Danielle Percich, Deputy Director

Ken Hand, Treasurer and Secretary

Niles Fowler, Board of Directors

Robert Schuck, Board of Directors

Kristy Ulrich, Officer