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               James Madison Legacy Project Summer Institute

James Madison Legacy Project/We the People, the Citizen and the Constitution

Free Professional Development Opportunities are available

for middle and high school teachers

James Madison Legacy Project – funded by the USDE

Research component by Georgetown University

Workshop Date: – June 19-24, 2016

  1.   Location: Cottonwood Preparatory School, Albuquerque, NM.

The James Madison Legacy Project (JMLP) is a three-year nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education that will :

  1. (1) increase the number of highly effective teachers of high-need students through the professional development of teachers,

  2. (2) increase the achievement of students in attaining state standards in civics and government,

  3. (3) serve the self-identified professional development needs of participating schools with significant concentrations of high-need students, and

  4. (4) evaluate the relative effectiveness of the Center’s research-validated traditional We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution professional development model enhanced with online resources and a new blended-learning variation of the traditional model that also uses online resources.

We the People Curriculum Focus

Unit 1 What are the philosophical and historical foundations of the American Political System?

Unit 2 How did the Framers Create the Constitution?

Unit 3 How has the Constitution Been changed to further the ideals contained in the Declaration of Independence?

Unit 4 How have the values and principles embodied in the Constitution shaped American institutions and practices?

Unit 5 What rights does the Bill of Rights protect?

Unit 6 What Challenges might face American Constitutional democracy in the Twenty-First Century?

The JMLP workshops and institutes will be led by mentors teachers, using online course and assisted by scholars. Content presentations, pedagogy demonstrations, group discussions. of correlation of program with state standards, and methods of evaluation of student growth will be part of the workshops.

Who can participate:

  1. Participants in the program will be teachers in New Mexico schools which have been identified as “high needs” schools.  The program will target schools with a high concentration of high need students who are at risk of educational failure or otherwise in need of special assistance or support.  In particular, the schools with students who are living in poverty, and/or have students who attend high minority schools.

  2. Social studies teachers, language Arts teachers teaming with socials studies teachers (sharing students), adult education teachers, ESL teachers, special education teachers, teachers of incarcerated students, and pre-service teachers (in their student teaching term)

Participants will get:

  1. Professional development on how to use We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program to teach critical thinking skills through the lens of the history and principles of constitutional democracy. Programs at the middle school and high school level each provide opportunities for students to engage one another to better understand the nation’s history, as well as the practical application of the ideas behind American democracy.

  2. Free classroom set of New We the People… textbooks w/teacher's edition.

  3. $500 stipend provided upon complication of program

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 program

Research by Georgetown University

For more information and to get registration form contact:

Dora Marroquin, Ph.D.

Center for Democracy & Civic Education

                              The 30th Annual We the People National Finals will be held April 21-24, 2017. Moriarty High School will represent New Mexico in Washington DC.