Educating for Citizenship

Michigan Joint Social Studies Conference 2014

MCCE is partnering with the Michigan Council for the Social Studies, Michigan Council on Economic Education, and the Michigan Geographic Alliance to present the Joint Social Studies Conference.   Each of the content organizations is responsible for organizing a strand of the conference

The 2014 Joint Social Studies Conference will provide: 

• A great opportunity for teachers to learn about best practice

• New materials and lessons

• Sessions for elementary, middle school and high school teachers

• Current educational research

 • A chance to talk with social studies teachers from around the state

Conference Highlights:

• Keynote on Thursday, November 6:  Superintendent Flanagan, Michigan Department of Education

 • Panel Discussion on Friday, November 7:  The Detroit Bankruptcy 
Moderated by Nathan Bomey of the  Detroit Free Press, panelists include Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Sonya Mays, (special advisor to emergency manager Kevyn Orr) and Brad Williams, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

• Roundtable Discussions for teachers to make recommendations for revisions of the Michigan Social Studies content expectations.  (The Michigan Department of Education is embarking on a one year project to review Michigan Social Studies Grade Level Content Expectations through the lens of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies.The intent is to edit and clarify the existing standards as a basis for revised social studies assessment.  The Roundtable discussions will give input to this project.)

Check back soon for the list of workshops focusing on civics, government. law.


When:   Thursday, November 6, 1:00-5:00 p.m.; Friday, November 7, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m
(Exact times are tentative—check back for more details). 

Where:   Best Western Plus Hotel, 6820 S. Cedar Street, Lansing.  Room reservations can be made by contacting the hotel at (517) 694-8123. Mention group code MCSS1114 to receive the reduced rate of $98.50 + taxes

Registration Fees:

Member Full Conference $160
Member Half Day-Thursday Only-$80
Member One Day-Friday Only- $115
Non Member Full Conference $200
Non Member Half-Day-Thursday Only-$120
Non Member One Day-Friday Only- $155
Student Member Full Conference $60
SCECH Fee $15

Become a Member of the Michigan Center for Civic Education and receive a reduced registration fee!

Click here to Register for the Conference. 

2013 Michigan/Great Lakes Social Studies Conference

Click here for Civics session descriptions and presenter information.

Click on the links below to get the conference handouts for several of the Civics Sessions:

• Courts Resolve Disputes: Small Claims Court and Mediation Simulations for Elementary

• Exploring Separation of Powers and the "Rule of Law"-- A Conversation with the Honorable Michael Riordan, Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals

Rule of Law Overview, Separation of Powers in Action, Why two court systems?, Michigan Court System

• Mock Trials for the Classroom and Competition

• Street Law – Teaching about recent Supreme Court Decisions
   Additional Handouts on the Supreme Court

• Taking It to Court: Informal Traffic Hearings

• “Think Deeper" - Mock Trials as a teaching tool for Civic Instruction

Click here for full Friday Schedule

Click here for full Saturday Schedule.


First held in 1982, 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.

 Educating for Citizenship

  • Features exemplary materials and strategies for teaching law and citizenship in elementary, middle, and high schools tied to the Michigan Civics Standards and Grade Level Content Expectations;
  • Showcases programs which actively involve legal professionals, community groups and public officials in school based programs ;
  • Highlights current legal and public policy issues in Michigan and the nation;

To view 2012 MCCE sessions, click here.
To view 2011 MCCE sessions, click here. 

Civic Education Teacher of the Year Award

An important feature of Educating for Citizenship is the recognition of Teachers and Community Members for their achievements in law-related civic education. The Law-Related Civic Education Teacher of the Year Award is awarded annually along with the Mary S. Coleman Award.

Previous winners of the Civic Education Teacher of the Year Award

List of previous winners of the Civic Education Teacher of the Year Award

The Mary S. Coleman Award

MCCE also recognizes members of the community for their support of and involvement in civic education efforts in Michigan. The Mary S. Coleman Award is presented in honor of former Chief Justice Mary S. Coleman, who was instrumental in establishment of MCCE in 1982.

Past Coleman Award Recipients

List of past Coleman Award Recipients (PDF, 270 KB).

Programs from prior conferences

Educating for Citizenship 2010 (PDF, 230 KB)
Educating for Citizenship 2009 (PDF, 690 KB)
Educating for Citizenship 2008 (PDF, 620 KB)
Educating for Citizenship 2007 (PDF, 610 KB)

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.

Civic Education Teacher of the Year Award

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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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