Promoting Civic Education in Our Schools & Community

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


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Professional Development for Civic Education Teachers

At the end of September 2015, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) approved the SEED grant application from the Center for Civic Education (CCE), our national organization. This grant supports professional development for civic education teachers for three years.


The New England Region is 1 of 26 national sites benefiting from this James Madison Legacy Project (JMLP) grant. Cohorts 1 and 2 have completed their professional development and we are about to begin Cohort 3.


Cohort 3 begins with a summer institute at Suffolk University on July 30 through August 3, 2017. We are partnering with the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS). Their theme is the Judiciary, Article III. The JMLP summer institute focuses on the first four units of the We the People program. In addition, JMLP participants will meet in Nashua, New Hampshire from November 2 through November 4 emphasizing units 5 and 6 of the WTP program. Special guest speakers Mary Beth and John Tinker, Cathy Kuhlmeier Frye and David Hudson will discuss Amendment 1 issues. Cohort 3 participants will attend state competitions for the WTP program and the professional development will conclude in spring at a site and date TBD.


Cohorts 1 and 2: planning for a one or two day opportunity for additional professional development is underway. This will provide an opportunity for collaboration, for discussion on experiences with WTP and for ideas about civic learning.


Cohort 4 is a possibility that is being discussed and reviewed. More to come on this opportunity.


For further details, email Roger Desrosiers, MA State Coordinator for the We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution at or call 508-728-4733.


Our Programs

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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 simulated congressional hearing.

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We The People: Project Citizen

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

James Madison Legacy Project, Cohort 3, Part 2

Where: Concord and Nashua, New Hampshire

Date: November 2-4

The James Madison Legacy Project, Cohort 3 continues in New Hampshire, from Thursday, November 2 to Saturday, November 4, 2017.  

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Massachusetts We The People State Finals

Where: Edward M. Kennedy Institute

Date: January 27, 2018

The Massachusetts WTP State Finals will take place at the EMK Institute, Columbia Point, Boston, MA on Saturday, January 27th from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

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