Promoting Civic Education in Our Schools & Community

We work with students, educators, and others in our community to help grow our understanding of civics.


DESE Teaching and Learning Grant Applications
Due May 13, 2021

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released grant information for Civics Teaching and Learning.  We at MACCE can partner with your school districts in several ways:
  • Grade level appropriate understanding of American government from historical beginnings to the present through three texts - one for grade 5; one for grade 8; one for grades 9-12.  (Each with varied interactive activities and through inquiry along with a highly recognized culminating simulation assessment)
  • Grades 3-5 introductory learning about government in general, democracy, and how the United States became a democracy.
  • Grades K-2 storybooks on American values: Authority, Justice, Responsibility, and Privacy.
  • Grades 8 and 9-12 - Civics Projects - a class project which highlights collaboration, consensus, civil discourse, research, developing public policy, and understanding how to navigate the local and/or state government process.
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We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution:

Three Credit Online Graduate Course


       A three credit online graduate course from Framingham State University in conjunction with the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education will be offered as a nine week summer course, entitled Understanding the Fundamental Principles, Values, and Institutions of American Government.  This summer's course will run from June 7, 2021 through August 8, 2021.  If you are interested in learning more about the course, please click the link below for the informational flyer.

FSU Course Information                   Course Registration                     Course Syllabus


This course will also be available in the Fall of 2021, starting around the end of September or early October and running for 20 weeks into the Spring of 2022.  Given that the course coincides with teachers teaching, we make sure that the work is spread out so that the impact is minimized as much as possible while offering substantive and comprehensive learning about American government.

For further details, email Roger Desrosiers, President of the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education at or call 508-728-4733.

We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution: 

Presidential and Congressional Academies for American History and Civics



      Our schools have a civic mission to develop among our youth a reasoned commitment to the fundamental values and principles of American consitutional democracy.  The Center for Civic Education is administering a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a multi-year series of Presidential Academies for teachers and Congressional Academies for students.  In the summer of 2021, both Academies will include a three-week online institute in conjunction with exemplary scholars and mentor teachers.  

       This FREE professional development three-week online summer institute from July 5 though 23, 2021 is unique as it allows one teacher and two students from each state (all preferably from the same school) to attend virtually.  Virtual field trips to National Park Service and other historical sites will be a part of this experience.


The application information for the summer of 2021 is availableon the Center's website at


For additional information about the American History & Civics Academies, please contact either Alissa Irion-Groth ( or Maria Gallo (



Our Programs

We The People: The Citizen & The Constitution

Teaches about the foundations of our government, its historical context, its contemporary application and offers many opportunities to analyze history and current events.  Through interactive activities found in each lesson, students can discuss, evaluate and take positions on the issues being studied.  The culminating event is a highly recognized performance based sinulated congressional hearing.

Citizen Lyceum

CITIZEN LYCEUM is a new initiative of MACCE introduced in 2016 as an adult learning opportunity. Its purpose is to offer adults and groups a chance to learn more about American government, its principles, its values and its institutions.

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Provides a genuine opportunity for students to learn about government by participating in government. Students discuss and select a problem within their school, community, state or beyond, research solutions for this problem, select the solution they think would work best and explain their reasoning, and determine an action plan to enlist support for adoption of their proposed policy. The culminating activity is to present their proposed policy to the authorized governing body. Students may also participate in a State Showcase which offers a simulated legislative hearing.


Upcoming Events

We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution Graduate Course with FSU

Where: Virtual

Date: June 7 - August 8

A three credit online graduate course from Framingham State University in conjunction with the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education will be offered as a nine week summer course, entitled Understanding the Fundamental Principles, Values, and Institutions of American Government.  

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Citizen Lyceum

Where: Asa Waters Mansion in Millbury, MA

Date: June 14, 2021 7:00-8:30 pm

An engaging evening discussion on the topic of Does the Constitution and Bill of Rights Protect Everyone and Should It?. Presentation by Roger Desrosiers and Molly Uppenkamp with interactive discussion involving the audience.

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