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Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers



The summer institute is designed for middle school teachers from throughout the United States and is funded by the Center for Civic Education and supported by James Madison University. Unfortunately, the Center will not be conducting this institute in 2012.
The lecture/discussions, teaching methods, and assessment strategies relate to the following topics:
•  What Were the Founders' Basic Ideas About Government?
•  What Shaped the Founders' Thinking About Government?
•  What Happened at the Philadelphia Convention?
•  How Was the Constitution Used to Establish Our Government?
•  How Does the Constitution Protect Our Basic Rights?
•  What Are the Responsibilities of Citizens?

The academic atmosphere of the institute is enhanced by the comfortable residence halls on the James Madison University campus in which participants will be housed. University facilities available to participants include the university research library, recreation center and computer facilities.

2009 Agenda

Participants will receive at no cost:
  • Round trip airfare to Dulles International Airport and transportation to and from James Madison University
  • Lodging and meals
  • A library of constitutional literature
  • A set of textbooks and other classroom materials
  • An opportunity to share ideas with middle school teachers from across the country
  • A field trip to James Madison's Montpelier
Three hours of graduate credit are available through James Madison University for a fee.

For further information, contact Robert Leming, director of the We the People programs, Center for Civic Education.