The Michigan Center for Civic Education (MCCE) was founded through a partnership between educators and community members including lawyers, judges, legislators, municipal government officials, members of law enforcement and beyond. Community members play an important role by serving as resources to law-related and civic education classes and by advocating for law-related civic education to help prepare the next generation of active citizens.
All of these partners have worked together to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and necessary attitudes needed to become engaged, knowledgeable citizens. The best civics, government, and law classes take students outside of the four walls of the classroom into the community – the laboratory of democracy which is what MCCE strives to do with our programs.
Utilizing community members and other resources to enhance civic instruction takes time and planning, but it is worth it when we are able to see the impact on students across Michigan. The American Bar Association Technical Assistance Bulletin No 22 focuses on The Role of the Resource Person in Law-Related Education.