The Center for Civic Education is currently developing an online professional development course for the James Madison Legacy Project, as described below. Teachers participating in the 2016-17 course pilot can access the course through their site’s Professional Learning Community. This course preview is for hybrid site mentors and coordinators.

This online course will engage you in an in-depth examination of the fundamental concepts of the six units of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution civics and government textbook for high school students. You will learn about the philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system, the creation of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution, the role of federalism and the branches of government, the rights protected by the Bill of Rights, and challenges facing American constitutional democracy in the twenty-first century.

The course is divided into six units and thirty-nine lessons that parallel the We the People text. Videos with nationally renowned experts provide you with the intellectual background you need to effectively teach We the People in your classroom.  Each of these videos is followed by a quiz that tests your knowledge of the concepts you have learned.

The content of this course is keyed to the high school text, but can be used by teachers in elementary, middle, or high schools. Students can also use this course to gain an in-depth knowledge of the concepts behind We the People.