The Center for Civic Education has received a three-year grant for the Project Citizen Research Program. The three-year grant will engage teachers from across the country in professional development and will measure the effects of the professional development on them and on their students, just as the James Madison Legacy Project did with We the People teachers and students.
In each of the three years, the Project Citizen Research Program grant will provide for four regional professional development institutes for 25 teachers apiece, ultimately reaching 300 teachers and their students over the course of the grant. The Center for Civic Education expects the Project Citizen Research Program to yield significant results and increase civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions, just as the James Madison Legacy Project did.
Project Citizen is an interdisciplinary curricular program that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. Students focus on principles and values of democracy, tolerance, and political efficacy while working together to identify an issue in their community that they care about. They create potential solutions to make a positive difference in their community before settling on one final policy solution.
Many classes and groups attend city council meetings, contact their representatives, and petition government to pass legislation that solves problems ranging from litter reduction in their neighborhoods to providing aid to homeless populations to dress codes in their schools.