James Madison Legacy Project: Summer Institute U of W Madison June 24-28, 2018 REGISTRATION CLOSED

jamesmadisonprogram_bannerRIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED

Looking for ways to teach the rights of the accused (Amendments 4,5,6, and 8), the foundations of these rights and the responsibilities of citizens? 

Look no further!

Because of the high interest for this institute, we have filled the available spots. But we encourage you to apply for the waiting list. Based on past experience, we expect to use the waiting list. Email jbloom@teachingcivics.org for more information.


Thanks to funding from the Center for Civic Education (via the U.S. Department of Education), we offer this opportunity for intense professional development in topics that are very interesting to high-needs students. Co-sponsors are Learning Law and Democracy Foundation and Civics in Wisconsin, Inc. This is our 4th and final James Madison Legacy Project Summer Institute.


With the guidance of scholars, practitioners, and master teachers, you will:

  • dive deeply into criminal rights, such as search and seizure, arrest, trial, conviction, sentencing
  • explore the powers and responsibilities of citizens, especially regarding the criminal justice system
  • enhance your teaching with engaging strategies and resources, including the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution curriculum. (You will receive one free classroom set!) 
  • strengthen your capacity to teach controversial issues using strategies that build inquiry and discussion skills
  • increase your students’ achievement in mastering state standards in civics and government, including new civics tests


Sunday, June 24 (5 pm) – Thursday, June 28 (4 pm)

University of Wisconsin Madison 

  • Tentative Agenda (TBA)
  • Lodging: Single Room Fluno Center
  •  All participant expenses are paid for by the grant (workshop fees, travel reimbursement, parking, food, lodging, and materials).
  • Graduate credit from Hamline University has been applied for. It will be optional and reasonably priced.


Participation is limited to a total of 25 Wisconsin and Minnesota teachers.

Priority will be given to educators who teach high needs students. (If space permits, applicants teaching non-priority students will be considered.)

Apply now!  CLOSED


Minnesota: Jennifer Bloom  jbloom@teachingcivics.org

Wisconsin: Jim Kegel  jkegel@charter.net


The Need

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.


The James Madison Legacy Project is made possible by a generous grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program. The grant was awarded to the Center for Civic Education (CCE), Calabasas, CA in Oct. 2015. ________________________________________________