James Madison Legacy Project

Providing civic education to high-need students.

Preparing young people for civic life is an essential task of a democratic society. Civic education gives individuals heightened knowledge, awareness, and a vested interest in American government and political principles. It provides students with opportunities to acquire the dispositions and skills that are required of good citizens.  

The James Madison Legacy Project is a three-year nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education that aims to increase the availability and effectiveness of civics instruction in elementary and secondary schools. It provides professional development for teachers of high-need students in order to increase the achievement of students in attaining state standards in civics and government. The professional development program is based on the Center’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution curriculum which has involved over 28 million students and 75,000 teachers in all fifty states since 1987. The James Madison Legacy Project will deliver professional development to teachers in over 500 schools serving thousands of students across the nation.

The purpose of this site is to provide those involved with James Madison Legacy Project and the general public access to the project’s evaluation research and related information. It also serves as a repository of information about civic education.

The James Madison Legacy Project is made possible by a generous grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program.

CERL Research