Promoting Civic Education in Our Schools & Community

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Project Citizen Showcase 2014

Professional Development for Civic Education Teachers

At the end of September, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) approved the SEED grant application from the Center for Civc Education (CCE), our national organization. This grant supports professional development for civic education teachers for the next three years.

The New England Region is 1 of 26 national sites benefiting from this grant. We hope to provide professional development for 90 New England teachers, 30 per year.

Cohort 1 began on January 15-16, 2016 with a two day seminar at the Royal Best Western Hotel in Marlborough MA. The teachers will also attend the WTP state competition on January 30, 2016, meet with mentors in March and April, attend a lecture at the Massachusetts Historical Society on May 21, 2016 and meet a final time on June 4, 2016 rounding out the 30 hours of professional development for the first year of this grant.

Cohort 2 begins with a summer institute from August 1 through 6, 2016 at Suffolk University . We are partnering with the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) on the topic of the First Amendment. Keynote speakers attending include Mary Beth and John Tinker (from Tinker v. Des Moines, 1969), Cathy Kuhlmeier Frey (from Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, 1988) and David Hudson a scholar on the First Amendment who has written several books including several highlighting First Amendment issues for our student population. 

Cohort 3 planning is on going.
Further details are available by emailing Roger Desrosiers, MA State Coordinator for the We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution at or by calling 508-728-4733

Our Programs

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We The People: The Citizen & The Constitution

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.

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We The People: 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.


Upcoming Events

94th Annual NCSS Conference

Where: Boston, MA

Date: November 21-23, 2014

Join social studies educators from around the world in Boston to explore the civic mission of schools in the 21st century

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Massachusetts State We The People Finals

Where: TBD

Date: January 31, 2015

Keep checking back for more details about this event.

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Project Citizen Workshops

Where: Boston & Pittsfield, MA

Where: March 4, 2015 (Boston) March 13, 2014(Pittsfield)

Free Project Citizen Workshops are open to Level I & II Teachers.

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