Over the last 30 years, the Michigan Center for Civic Education has accumulated an extensive collection of resources for teachers and members of the community including mock trial and moot courts scripts for all grade levels, lesson plans on a wide range of topics, and current research on civic education. For more information, contact us.

The Michigan Center for Civic Education is proud to be the official Michigan partner for the Civic Mission of Schools Campaign, a coalition of 70 organizations committed to improving the quality and quantity of civic learning in American schools.

Co-chaired by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Congressman Lee Hamilton, the Campaign's goal is to increase and improve civic learning in grades K-12 by working for policies that implement the recommendations of the Civic Mission of Schools. This includes efforts to bring about changes in national, state, and local education policy. As a partner in this Campaign, MCCE is the first to receive pertinent reports, research, new articles, and other information important to civic education advocacy efforts. For more information on the Civic Mission of Schools Campaign,

MCCE also partners with the Center for Civic Education and their Campaign to Promote Civic Education. The Campaign to Promote Civic Education focuses attention at the state and local levels on four pillars essential to reform:

  1. Expanding civic education time and policy requirements;
  2. developing or renewing state academic standards;
  3. Improving professional development opportunities for teachers;
  4. Providing more frequent assessments, especially authentic ones that truly measure student civic competencies.

Go to for a position paper which includes A Rational for Education in Civics and Government and Proposed Requirements by grade level.

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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