The Michigan Center for Civic Education (MCCE) is pleased to announce that funds are available to provide free professional development for Michigan’s middle and high school teachers of civics, government, and U.S. History.
The initiative, the James Madison Legacy Project, is part of a nationwide professional development program directed by the Center for Civic Education (CCE), a nonprofit educational organization. CCE was recently awarded a grant under the U.S. Department of Education’s Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant program. MCCE has been selected to implement this program in Michigan.
The funding will be used to provide professional development to train educators how to best utilize the We the People…the Citizen & the Constitution instructional resource which includes effective, performance based instructional practices.
The need to improve civic education is real. The recent National Assessment of Educational Progress in civics revealed that only about 25% of students performed at or above the “proficient” level. All other students scored at “basic” or “below basic” levels, leaving them ill-equipped to participate effectively in civic life.
“This grant will allow MCCE to continue to focus on our core mission to promote and support the development of knowledgeable, engaged responsible citizens by supporting teachers with professional development and curriculum resources,” said Linda Start, MCCE Executive Director.