James Madison Legacy Project News Print


new course offerings

01/21/2018

The West Plains R-7 School Board of Education met this week to review and approve the 2018-2019 list of high school courses and calendar, and a proposed information technology program at South Central Career Center (SCCC). The social studies department will introduce the James Madison Legacy Project, a first-semester offering for juniors and seniors. The project, spearheaded by the Center for Civic Education under the U.S. Department of Education, is a three-year nationwide initiative aimed at increasing student understanding of civics and government. The same department will introduce a new elective course studying U.S. wars    Read more >


Education issues in Bakersfield

12/11/2017

Three education issues Fong and Salas need to pay attention to There are currently three issues related to education in California worthy of the attention of our assemblymen, Vince Fong (CA34) and Rudy Salas (CA32). First, the teacher shortage could be addressed by allowing veteran teachers who are near retirement to job share with another veteran teacher without harm to their “bottom line” retirement. Many teachers would work longer and continue to contribute if a half day were possible. Second, the Assembly should consider a bill that would require all administrators to spend one day per quarter substitute teaching in a classroom.    Read more >


The James Madison Legacy Project: Training Teachers to Educate Underprivileged Students About Their Rights as Citizens

11/28/2017

Well-informed teachers are critical to the success of any education system, but most four-year degrees scarcely scratch the surface on the topic of government education. With this in mind, the Center for Civic Education started The James Madison Legacy Project to train teachers to better present key subjects, like government, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. These subjects are especially important at high-needs schools because they teach students about their rights as citizens and emphasize key skills, like public speaking and teamwork, that tend to translate well in the working world. Early research results show the program is    Read more >


JMLP events for the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education

11/14/2017

The Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education partnered with Arkansas educators to organize the James Madison Legacy Project, a teachers’ workshop for civics education, funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the Supporting Effective Educator Development program. Louisiana teachers traveled to the University of Central Arkansas for a six-day teachers’ workshop on the We the People civics curriculum. LCLCE Director Peggy Cotogno and two Louisiana We the People teaching mentors, Chris Totaro and Jamie Staub, also attended the program. Seen here are teachers and mentors at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. You    Read more >


Students Demonstrate Constitutional Knowledge at State Showcase

11/14/2017

More than 150 Ohio middle school students will compete in the Ohio Middle School We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution State Showcase at Columbus State Community College. For We the People, a program of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, students participate in simulated congressional hearings. They showcase their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles by evaluating, presenting, and defending positions on historical and contemporary issues. After providing a prepared answer to the competition questions, students answer follow-up questions from judges including college professors, judges, attorneys, and    Read more >


JUSTICE FOR ALL: COURTS AND THE COMMUNITY

11/14/2017

Teacher's Institutes and Professional Development In a collaboration with the Justice Resource Center, Justice For All developed and presented, with the integral participation of federal judges, faculty from numerous law schools, and practicing lawyers, a week-long summer professional development program for New York City and Albany, NY, teachers. Held each summer since 2016, the program focuses on the teaching of a comprehensive high school civics education curriculum ("We the People"). The teachers who participate in this special program are selected from among those working in schools in economically challenged areas. On June 29 through    Read more >


Presidential aides talk personal service

11/14/2017

How do former presidents get along? Very well, based on their appearance last month at Texas A&M University for the "One America Appeal Fund" hurricane relief fundraiser; and on the fact all five living former U.S. presidents — Jimmy Carter (39th president), George H.W. Bush (41), Bill Clinton (42), George W. Bush (43) and Barack Obama (44) — recorded messages for a public service announcement about the hurricane relief fundraising efforts within days of being asked to do so. Related Article Jefferson City woman seeks help to reunite family after hurricane Read more Jean Becker, chief of staff for George H.W. Bush, told a forum of    Read more >


Teacher Perspective: Making a Difference in the Classroom By Robin Lashley, teac...

03/15/2017

I have been an educator for 23 years and currently teach an 8th grade U.S. History class. I have found that the curriculum aligns perfectly with a large portion of the Ohio Grade 8 Social Studies Learning Outcomes. The textbooks provided through this program are fantastic. The students are better able to understand complex concepts (social contract theory, The Great Compromise, and judicial review, just to name a few) due to the straight-forward writing and realistic examples. The program will immerse teachers in the role of a student as you use the materials to prepare for a simulated congressional hearing as part of the experience    Read more >


Madison Project enhances civics ed

03/08/2017

The Madison Project in Walla Walla public schools intends “to produce district graduates that not only register to vote, but who will also become lifelong participants in contributing to their communities, as voters and more,” said Pioneer Middle School teacher Chris Plucker. Students in second, fourth and eighth grades involved in the project showcase will present ideas to promote civic engagement during a public event from 7-8 p.m. Thursday at Pioneer, 450 Bridge St. Named after James Madison, author of the U.S. Constitution, the ultimate aim of this project is to encourage the ideals of “We the People” namely that through    Read more >


We the People

03/01/2017

With the constitution of the United States being interpreted in a variety of different fashions of late, two teachers at Tukes Valley Middle School in Battle Ground took it upon themselves to teach their students what it exactly says and why it’s important to understand    Read more >


Molalla teacher receives Civic Scholar Award

12/21/2016

Kurt Van Deren, a Molalla High School civics and government teacher, has been named 2016-2017 Civic Scholar for Senate District 09 by Senator Fred Girod    Read more >


James Madison Legacy Project garners Congressional support

12/13/2016

HON. EARL BLUMENAUER OF OREGON IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES on Thursday, December 8, 2016 said "Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize the James Madison Legacy Project, a nationwide teacher professional development program, currently being implemented in Oregon by the Classroom Law Project, a civic education non-profit in Portland, Oregon. Led by Executive Director Marilyn Cover, Classroom Law Project brings vital and engaging civics and law-related education programs into the classrooms across Oregon, teaching students of all grade levels the values and skills essential to being a participating citizen in our democracy. Each year,    Read more >


‘We the People’ enters high-needs schools

11/30/2016

When the teams of Beech Grove Middle School students recently took their turns answering questions from the judges, they were not just any group vying for the We the People trophy. They represented an effort to expand the civic education curriculum into schools that otherwise might not have the budget to offer the program    Read more >


Nebraska Bar Foundation President Completes his Term

11/22/2016

Attorney Stanley C. Goodwin of McCook recently completed a two-year term as President of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. Charles F. Gotch of Omaha was the incoming president as of Oct. 17 and presented Goodwin with a John Elway autographed football, while thanking him for his leadership, according to a press release. Goodwin's favorite NFL team is the Denver Broncos. "Stan is a wonderful volunteer who has provided outstanding leadership and support. The foundation is fortunate that he will remain as a lifetime member of its board of directors," said foundation executive director Doris Huffman    Read more >


Buckles and Burton attend James Madison Legacy Project’s institute

10/30/2016

Buckles and Cameron Burton are representing Rhea County Schools in the James Madison Legacy Project. The James Madison Legacy Project is a three-year nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education, which aims to increase the number of highly-effective teachers of high-need students through the professional development of 2,025 teachers, increase the achievement of at least 202,500 students in attaining state standards in civics and government, serve the self identified professional development needs of a minimum of more than 500 participating schools with significant concentrations of high-need students throughout the United States    Read more >


James Madison Legacy Project Offers Professional Development

10/21/2016

Louisiana’s first James Madison Legacy Project (JMLP) program was held this past March at the Southeast Louisiana Community College in Lafayette. Twenty-five teachers attended four all-day professional development workshops on the nationally acclaimed civics curriculum, “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution.” The workshops were made available at no cost to the teachers and provided them with free textbooks for their classrooms. The Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education is an active participant in the James Madison Legacy Project. Constitutional scholars — Associate Justice (Ret.) Susan M. Leeson,    Read more >


History teachers touch history

10/20/2016

About 25 social studies teachers from across the region visited K-State's Manhattan campus Oct. 14 to handle some of humanity's most precious documents    Read more >


Skiatook teacher chosen for summer institute

09/19/2016

Skiatook High School teacher Christina Merten has been selected from a statewide applicant pool to participate in the nationwide James Madison Legacy Project (JMLP), a civics and government education development program. The program, which gives Oklahoma middle and high school teachers new resources and training focusing on citizens’ rights and responsibilities, is a result of an Oklahoma Bar Association Law-related Education Department (LRE) initiative. The LRE outreach will offer more than ,000 in funds to provide professional development for teachers focusing on the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights    Read more >


James Madison Legacy Project We the People…The Citizen and Constitution Training...

08/12/2016

The Oklahoma Bar Association-Law-related Education Department is pleased to announce that funds will be available in Oklahoma to provide professional development for middle and high school teachers in civics and government focusing upon the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. The initiative, entitled the James Madison Legacy Project, is part of a nationwide professional development program directed by the Center of Civic Education, a nonprofit Educational organization that was recently awarded a federal grant under the U.S. Department of Education’s    Read more >


Local teachers attend James Madison Legacy Institute

08/01/2016

Charla Hurt and Jennifer Underwood represented Lincoln County Schools at the James Madison Legacy Institute held at Vanderbilt University on June 5-10    Read more >


We the People Program gets teachers fired up

08/01/2016

When I was in politics, I sometimes worked with a couple of ministerial alliances and church groups, with an emphasis on social issues and what we defined as “economic justice” – ending the economic stratification that separates the comfortable from the afflicted    Read more >


Columbia University Alumnus Appointed Scholar by James Madison Legacy Project

07/29/2016

Alumnus Christopher Riano ’07 was recently named a Scholar in Constitutional Law and Civics for New York by the James Madison Legacy Project, a nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education that aims to increase the achievement of over 200,000 students in attaining state standards in civics and government    Read more >


Missouri teachers gather for James Madison Legacy Project summer institute

07/20/2016

Dozens of Missouri teachers gathered June 27-29 at Columbia College to attend a James Madison Legacy Project training, coordinated by The Missouri Bar in conjunction with the Center for Civic Education. The program offers professional development for middle and high school educators, who are asked to teach their students using civics and government resources demonstrated by a variety of academics    Read more >


Jessica Payne and Dr. Laurie Barnes Complete the James Madison Legacy Project

07/12/2016

Henry V. Wagner, Superintendent of the Dorchester County, MD, Public Schools, extends congratulations to Jessica Payne, Social Studies teacher at North Dorchester High School and Dr. Laurie Barnes, also a Social Studies teacher at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School for their successful completion of the James Madison Legacy Project. This project is part of a nationwide professional development program directed by the Center for Civic Education, a nonprofit educational organization that was awarded a federal grant under the U.S. Department of Education’ s Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant program. The James Madison    Read more >


JAMES MADISON LEGACY PROJECT TEACHERS CHOSEN FOR 2016 SUMMER INSTITUTE

07/12/2016

Teachers from across Oklahoma have been selected from a statewide applicant pool to participate in the nationwide James Madison Legacy Project (JMLP), a civics and government education development program. The program, which gives Oklahoma middle and high school teachers new resources and training focusing on citizens’ rights and responsibilities, is a result of an Oklahoma Bar Association Law-related Education Department (LRE) initiative. The LRE outreach will offer more than ,000 in funds to provide professional development for teachers focusing on the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Oklahoma    Read more >


James Madison Legacy Project Hosts Teachers From Across Country

06/23/2016

Educators from across the country are learning how to better teach U.S government to their students as part of the James Madison Legacy Project this week at Montpelier    Read more >


Ten Oklahoma teachers to study civics, government

06/20/2016

Ten teachers each from Oklahoma and Texas will participate in the nationwide James Madison Legacy Project, a civics and government education development program, June 19-23 in Ardmore    Read more >


Kidd’s civics approach earns President’s Award for Excellence

06/08/2016

Westgate High School teacher and Social Studies Department Chair Jennifer Mestayer Kidd was awarded with the President’s Award for Excellence for her hands-on approach to teaching the ins and outs of government    Read more >


More Civic Engagement But Not an Exam

03/29/2016

The Colorado legislature is currently considering a bill that would require students to answer a portion of the civics questions on the U.S. naturalization test as a prerequisite to high school graduation    Read more >