MCCE was founded as the result of a partnership between educators and community members (lawyers, judges, legislators, municipal government officials, law enforcement and others). All partners need to work together to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to become engaged, knowledgeable citizens.

Community members play an important role by serving as resources to law-related and civic education classes and by advocating for the importance of law-related civic education in preparing the next generation of active 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.

Proper use of resource persons to enhance civic instruction takes time and planning, but it is worth it. The American Bar Association Technical Assistance Bulletin No 22 focuses on The Role of the Resource Person in Law-Related Education.

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