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Promoting Civic Education in Our Schools & Communities

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


Now Accepting Applications for Cohort 3 PCRP!

The Project Citizen Research Program, a research grant from the U.S. Department of Education, has given the Center for Civic Education and its partners the opportunity to offer free professional development for middle and high school teachers new to the Project Citizen curriculum!

The Center for Civic Education, in partnership with Georgetown University, will be conducting a summer institute at the University of Massachusetts – Boston from July 31 to August 5, 2022 for teachers of northeast United States.

Some of the benefits of joining the PCRP:

  • Free summer professional development
  • Transportation/housing/food covered at UMASS
  • A free set of books for use with your students
  • Usable classroom resource to use
  • Guidance of a Project Citizen Mentor
  • A modest stipend

Cohort 3 (2022-2023) is the final cohort of teachers in this program.  Teacher applications are due on May 31, 2022 with official notification by June 7, 2022

Any teacher who is interested in applying for this fantastic program, please reach out to Ellen Barber-Morse by email at ellen.barber.morse@gmail.com  or Roger Desrosiers by email at roger.desrosiers@masscivics.org 

You may also contact the Director of Cohort 3, Dr. Marcie Taylor-Thoma, for more specific questions regarding the PCRP and the Summer Institute at marciethoma@gmail.com

For more information on this year’s PCRP Cohort 3, click on one of the links below:


Framingham State University Course

Understanding the Fundamental Principles, Values, and Institutions of American Government is a nine-week course offered by Framingham State University, during the SUMMER, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education. This course is offered as either a 3 credit Graduate level course, or can be used for 45 Professional Development Hours. If you are interested in learning more about the course, please click on the button below. The summer session will begin on June 6, 2022.


MACCE presented WEBINAR for the Massachusetts Civic Learning Coalition (MCLC)

Topic: Planning Civics K-12 – with We the People

Civics serves as the backbone of the MA History and Social Science Curriculum Framework. It spans all the grades so that students will develop an understanding of civics and the motivation to engage in civic life at the earliest ages and support that learning throughout the full extent of each students’ academic career. Making this happen poses some challenges. What is a developmentally appropriate way to engage students in the early grades? How can we build an effective progression of content and skills as students advance through the grades? How can we best prepare students to succeed with the civics projects expected at grade 8 and high school? District administrators will join Roger Desrosiers, President of the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education, to share models developed by We the People and Project Citizen to address these challenges. 

Audience: Teachers and Administrators
Date and Time: Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from 4pm-5pm (Zoom)

Watch the Recorded Webinar…

A 45 minute podcast:

Reasons Why a Teacher and her Students find We the People an Important Course in their Academic Career


The State Hearing Questions for 2021-2022 are available now.

Former WTP teachers and Professors gather to discuss the State Hearing questions for this year, our Constitution, and American Government in a series being posted on their YouTube channel, The Constitution in American Life. Please see the links below for the questions and the corresponding discussions. All episodes for the 2021-2022 State Hearing questions are now posted and available!


Massachusetts is Getting Good Grades on Civics and History

An article appeared recently in the Commonwealth Magazine by Natacha Scott, Director of Educator Engagement for iCivic.org, where she outlines the progress made in Civics and History within Massachusetts. Read this very interesting article for yourself at CommonweathMagazine.org.


Our Programs

We the People

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.

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.

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.