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 and the creation of supporting cohort groups,
- increase the achievement of students in attaining state standards in civics and government, including new civics tests,
- through pre and post student and teacher surveys, evaluate the relative effectiveness of the Center’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution professional development model enhanced with online resources and a new blended-learning variation.
The project is made possible by a generous grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program. Georgetown University is conducting the project’s research component.
Learning Law and Democracy Foundation is implementing this project in Minnesota and is partnering with Civics in Wisconsin, Inc., the implementing organization in Wisconsin. Throughout the country, over 500 schools are participating in the James Madison Legacy Project.
Participants will attend a summer institute at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, June 25-29, 2017. Additional professional development sessions will be conducted 2017-2018. All participant expenses are paid for by the grant (workshop fees, travel and parking, food, lodging, materials, substitute teachers)!
In addition to participation costs, you will receive a $500 stipend when you are done!
About the project:
Preparing students to participate in our system of government in an informed and effective way is certainly not easy. It requires more than voting, more that protesting, more than reacting. It requires knowledge; knowledge of the system and the rules, knowing who to call to get something done, understanding the difference between state and federal response because it might mean the difference between success and failure, etc. And so often, it requires knowledge of the foundations of our government, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
But how to make acquiring this fundamental knowledge interesting, relevant, maybe even fun, is the hard part. And this difficult job is yours.
Our approach: Making it real
We recognize that reaching all students with a variety of interests, experiences, and needs requires innovative approaches. During at least 52 hours of professional development, we will model interactive strategies and tools for reading and language development and provide you with content instruction on the Constitution and Bill of Rights to increase your knowledge and polish your teaching skills.
Our approach will respect diversity and voice, recognize disparities between American ideals and realities, and engage students in discussing controversial issues from an informed place.
Our goal is to help increase your students’ understanding, power and impact.
What do you get?
- All participation costs are covered by the grant, including workshop fees, travel and parking, food, lodging , materials, and substitute teachers.
- The project includes a 5-day summer institute (June 25-30) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, followed by two and one-half days during 2017-2018 school year. Workshops will include scholars and practical and engaging instructional methods.
- We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution curriculum materials (one free classroom set, print edition) and other resource materials.
- Curriculum development help from civic education professionals with years of experience.
- Ongoing support from your cohort group.
What are you promising to do?
- Participate in the professional development workshops including a pre and post test, conducted during workshop time by Georgetown University research team.
- Engage in building a strong cohort community
- Teach civics or government next fall, commit to using We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution as an educational resource, including a simulated congressional hearing, facilitate pre-and post-test with one class of students.
Tentative Agenda (TBA)
How to apply?
Cohorts 1 and 2 have started and are no longer available.
Cohort 3 Application Form (limited to a total of 25 teachers (13 Minnesota, 12 Wisconsin)
Priority will be given to educators who teach in high needs schools (If space permits, applicants from non-priority schools will be considered.) Apply now!
Minnesota: Jennifer Bloom firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisconsin: Jim Kegel email@example.com