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Formed at the nexus of academia and public policy, the Civic Education Research Lab investigates the effectiveness of civic teaching and learning for elementary, secondary, and university students.

CERL conducts research on programs and practices with collaborative partners in the field of civic education. We also examine civic engagement and civil discourse in the digital age.



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CERL Receives Grant for Civics Empowers All Students from the U.S. Department of Education

CERL in partnership with the Center for Civic Education (Home – civiced.org) has received a $11.65 million Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant from the U.S. Department of Education for $11.65 million. The project, We the People: Civics Empowers All Students (CEAS), employs an adapted version of the widely used We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution curriculum to encourage civic learning and participation among elementary and middle school students living in poverty, students of color, students with disabilities, and English language learners.

CERL Receives Grant for Civics Empowers All Students from the U.S. Department of Education

CERL Receives Grant for the James Madison Legacy Project Expansion from the U.S. Department of Education

The Civic Education Research Lab in conjunction with the Center for Civic Education (Home – civiced.org) has received a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education Innovation and Research Program for the James Madison Legacy Project Expansion: Empowering High-Need Students for Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Citizenship (JMLPE).

CERL participating students in the James Madison Legacy Project Expansion from the U.S. Department of Education

CERL Issues Report on the James Madison Legacy Project

Dr. Diana Owen and the Civic Education Research Lab 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.