James Madison Legacy Project Expansion Program

A New Project To Empower High-Need Students!

“James Madison Legacy Project Expansion: Empowering High-Need Students for Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Citizenship” is an exciting new project to improve professional development and instruction in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution curricular program! The Center for Civic Education is working with expert teachers and consultants to develop new resources for We the People professional development and instruction that foster positive civics and social and emotional learning (SEL) outcomes among English learners, students with disabilities, and students of color. In 2023 and 2024, the Center will work with 12 sites to implement and evaluate We the People professional development and classroom instruction using the new resources. Dr. Diana Owen and the Civic Education Research Lab at Georgetown University will evaluate the program’s outcomes on high-need secondary students. The Center hopes that the new materials will engage, empower, and increase the civic and SEL competencies of high-need learners facing persistent achievement gaps. Thanks to the Education Innovation and Research Program of the U.S. Department of Education for supporting this project! 

Opportunities to Participate!

Pilot the New Materials in Your Classroom! We invite experienced We the People teachers to join the pilot research in the fall semester of 2022 if they meet the following criteria:

  • Have experience teaching We the People to middle and/or high school students, including implementing a simulated congressional hearing with their classes
  • Anticipate teaching We the People to a middle and/or high school class with 30% or more students of color, students with disabilities, or English learners in the fall semester of 2022
  • Can pre- and post-test students before and after We the People instruction and respond to a survey and/or participate in an interview with our research partner

Please fill out a pilot interest form by July 15 to express your interest. Preference will be given to educators who teach in the Year 1 focus states of Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Teachers selected for the pilot will receive a classroom set of We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbooks, support from their We the People state coordinator, and a $500 stipend for completing all research requirements!

Join We the People Professional Development! If you are new to the We the People curriculum, you may be eligible to participate in the professional development and research program starting in the summer of 2023! With our We the People state coordinators in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, we will be offering high-quality professional development in a supportive professional learning community. Focusing on working with high-need learners, the sessions will include civics and government content and best practices to support SEL and inclusion in the social studies classroom. We will provide free materials and a stipend for completing research requirements! More details about these opportunities will be published in early 2023. The program will expand to additional states in 2024.

Subscribe to the Center’s newsletter to keep up-to-date on all our opportunities! You are always welcome to contact the We the People coordinator in your state or Alissa Irion-Groth, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., at the Center for Civic Education with any questions. 

Project News: Selections have been made for the 2022 Summer Curriculum Workshop!

Middle and high school teachers from across the country will be traveling to southern California this summer to develop curricular and professional development materials for teaching the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution curriculum with students of color, students with disabilities, and English language learners. Thirty We the People  teachers will participate in a four-day professional-learning and curriculum-writing workshop June 27-30, 2022. They will work with a national team of teachers and expert consultants to draft curricular resources. The Summer Curriculum Workshop will include professional development in SEL in civic education and best practices in teaching English learners and students with disabilities, with a focus on equity and inclusive pedagogy. The teachers have the option to pilot the materials in their classrooms in the fall of 2022 with support from the Center and their We the People state coordinators. The materials developed by these expert teachers will make a national impact on civic education teaching and learning!

 

 


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