James Madison Legacy Project Supports Civic Education for High-Need Students: 2016 Summer Institutes Across the Country Mark Continued Success

Jul 25, 2016 / James Madison Legacy Project

The James Madison Legacy Project is a three-year nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education to increase the number of highly effective teachers of high-need students through professional development. The project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Supporting Effective Educator Development program.

In its first ten months the James Madison Legacy Project has conducted institutes for teachers from 46 states and the District of Columbia. These intensive experiences have taken place at 26 sites across the country. In each of three years, JMLP is providing high quality professional development institutes for more than 675 middle and high school teachers.

At the institutes, teachers have worked with scholars and mentor teachers on the serious study of the U.S. Constitution and the Center’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution curricular program. As one would expect of dedicated teachers, they have embraced the intensive institutes. As one teacher said,

Without question this is the very best professional development in education. We the People is designed to engage students to develop a rich understanding of their Constitution and duties as citizens. The seminar challenges teachers using the same methodology that will be used with students, providing the very best support through expert mentors and distinguished Constitutional scholars. A superb and lasting experience—an amazing experience.

Another teacher wrote,

This was the most rigorous, engaging, and applicable professional development program I have been a part of in 12 years of teaching. I can’t convey how excited I am to implement the curriculum in my classroom starting on day 1 this fall. This program went a long ways towards pushing participants out of comfort zones, which is where true growth is achieved. If, as a civics teacher, you can’t get fired up about this program then you need to check your pulse!

To learn more please click James Madison Legacy Project or contact John Hale at hale@civiced.org.

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