In pursuit of quality civic education for all

Formed at the nexus of public policy and academia, CERL is a collaborative research initiative dedicated to sustainable and effective civic education.

At CERL, we tackle the issues of civic education holistically. From developing best pedagogical practices for educators to promoting accurate and technologically advanced journalism, our research helps citizens better understand and interact with their wider communities.

CERL Issues Report on the James Madison Legacy Project

Dr. Diana Owen and CERL researchers released a major report on the Center for Civic Education’s James Madison Legacy Project, a program of professional development for teachers of high-need students.  

2019 State of Technology in Global Newsrooms Survey

Dr. Diana Owen authored a major report on The State of Technology in Global Newsrooms for the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). The 2019 study is a follow-up to the first-ever global survey on the adoption of new technologies in the news media that the team produced in 2017.

CERL Wins Best APSA Conference Paper Award

Professor Diana Owen was honored with the Best APSA Conference Paper Award by the Political Science Education Section at the organization’s annual meeting on August 30, 2019, in Washington, D.C.  Her paper, “Teaching Civics to High-Need Students,” assesses the impact of different teaching pedagogies on high-need students’ acquisition of civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions.  

CERL Holds Workshop at the WPSA

The workshop, hosted at the Western Political Science Association Annual Conference, discussed how the JMLP professional development program empowers teachers to incorporate active learning pedagogies into civics and social studies classrooms and showcased research on the program.