Project Citizen


Empower students to work toward equitable and dynamic civic communities through Project Citizen.

Project Citizen is a curriculum for upper elementary, middle, secondary, post-secondary students, and youth organizations, that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. Students work together to identify a problem in their community, study policy issues related to the problem, develop a solution to the problem, and create an action plan for implementing their policy. In a culminating activity, students present their policy in a simulated legislative hearing, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of how public policy is formulated.

Textbooks and Teacher’s Guides are available for grades 5-8 and 9-12. For more information, see the Project Citizen curriculum page on the the national Center for Civic Education website.

As a teacher, I love that Project Citizen is incredibly easy to lead, with such simple steps to follow, and yet is one of the most empowering projects my students engage in all year. During a particularly challenging year, introducing students to the process of researching, writing and ultimately presenting public policy fosters such a feeling of critical hope.

Kara CiscoTeacher - St. Louis Park High School

I really enjoyed knowing I had a positive impact on school policy and that people actually listened to what students had to say.

Sophia J9th Grade Student

My students are learning by doing. This is giving them a perspective on government that they would never get from a book.

June NatolaTeacher - Fecteau-Leary Middle School

I really liked how we could break off and work on what we were best at individually and then put it together to make something we’re all proud of.

Nolan H9th grade student


Join in what we hope to be the future of civic education professional learning!

A partnership between the National Constitution Center, the Center for Civic Education, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Foundation, inGlobal Learning Design, and your host the Michigan Center for Civic Education welcome all secondary teachers to Grand Rapids to learn more about equipping and empowering our students in their civic futures. 

A blended, collaborative approach, each organization will work to cultivate the skills and dispositions needed for a more vibrant future. Leave the institute and cohort with more knowledge about the Constitution (National Constitution Center), public policy (Center for Civic Education), civil dialogue (all), and more!

WHAT is the Project Citizen Research Program?

Together with its partners, MCCE will be conducting a year-long professional learning program around Project Citizen for 2022-2023 academic year, beginning in July, 2022. The program is part of a research study about increasing civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions, led by Georgetown University.

Benefits for participating teachers include:

  • Tools for inquiry-led, project-based, and SEL-informed instruction
  • A classroom set of Project Citizen materials
  • Participation in a summer institute 7/31-8/4/22 in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Sample draft agenda for the summer institute is here
  • A stipend and travel reimbursement
  • Instructional support throughout the school year – monthly virtual meetings and two Saturday workshops – October 22 and March 25.
  • Strategies for meaningful community engagement
  • Engagement with a community of change agents and difference-makers

WHO can apply?

K-12 teachers in any setting may apply! If you teach in one of the ten states in our designated region (Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, West Virginia, and Minnesota), apply here. If you teach in a different region, contact your state coordinator. Teachers are welcome to apply with teams of teachers from their own school across all subject areas. We would love teams that are ready to solve real-world problems using multiple disciplines like science, art, math, design, language arts, and of course social studies! Don’t worry, we have you covered! There is no cost to teachers or schools to participate. In fact, participating teachers receive a modest stipend upon completion of the program.

WHEN and WHERE will it take place?

The third Cohort of the Project Citizen Research Program is off and running. This is the last cohort as part of this study. We welcome your involvement as a control teacher and a supporter of civic education. Judges will also be needed for the end of year showcase!


Want to add to the research? Become a Control Teacher!

Control Teachers - Apply Here!

Want to help with the Project Citizen Research Program but cannot do Project Citizen in your classroom next year? “Control” teachers are essential to advancing the research in civic education. Control teachers will receive a stipend upon completion of:

  • teacher survey and content pre-test,
  • student content knowledge pre-test,
  • student content post-test, and
  • teacher content post-test.

That’s it! Complete the above you will receive a $200 stipend and you will receive preferred admittance to future MCCE programming. Teachers from all the 10 state region are encouraged to apply! Apply here!


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