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James Madison Legacy Project Summer Institute: July 23-27

01 June, 2018

Calling All Secondary School Social Studies Teachers! Register Now for the Summer Institute!

Please join the Michigan Center for Civic Education for it's 4th and final cohort of the James Madison Legacy Project designed to provide premium Michigan secondary school teachers with a professional learning opportunity focused on the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program. MCCE funded this initiative through a SEED grant.

Qualifying Michigan teachers can APPLY HERE:  Cohort IV JMLP Application no later than June 11, 2018. More program information is available by opening or downloading our FAQ.

All accommodations and meals are provided, and travel is reimbursed. $100 deposit is required but returned on completion of participation.

Experience this national civics curriculum and learn how to effectively implement it in your own classroom. Transform your classroom through student simulated Congressional hearings focusing on challenges to American Constitutional Democracy in the twenty-first century. 

Professional Learning and Community 

Join mentor teachers and renowned guest speakers to deepen your civic scholarship and expand your craft. Previous institute speakers include Paula McAvoy, Linda Monk, and Mary Beth Tinker. This summer’s speakers to be announced. 

Grow your community and network of fellow enthusiastic Michigan social studies educators! 

Participant Testimonies and Data  

“My classroom pedagogy is more robust and my content knowledge is sharper.” 

• 97% of JMLP teachers agree that they are better equipped to teach their students about American government as a result of the program. 

• 95% of JMLP teachers agree that they are better able to teach students about good citizenship. 

 Questions? Contact Christine Hekman (Coordinator) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


MCCE’s Resources, Programs, & Lessons

Educating for Citizenship

Educating for Citizenship is a conference for educators and community members that highlights best practices in law-related and civic education in Michigan and nationally.

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Mock Trial

A Mock Trial is designed to reenact much of what might take place in a trial court.  Students take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses and compete against each other in real courtrooms in front of real judges and lawyers.

"[A] unique opportunity for young people to learn about the legal system..."

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