The professional development sessions for Cohort 1 teachers of the James Madison Legacy Project are off to a great start. The Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C, partnership held a combined two-day kick-off seminar in the new conference facilities at Mt. Vernon.
University of Maryland professors Scott Casper, dean and chair of the Department of History, and Francene Engel, professor of political science, were the featured scholars. Both held engaging interactive discussions with teachers, covering the content of Units 1 and 2, respectively.
Alaska held its first professional development event in Fairbanks in conjunction with the state-level We the People competition. JMLP teachers had the opportunity to engage with Sue Leeson, retired senior justice of the Oregon Supreme Court and former professor of political science at Willamette University, who served as the scholar for the Unit 1 content. The majority of the JMLP sites will hold their initial professional development events in January and early February 2016.
JMLP is a three-year nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education to provide professional development programs useful in enhancing the knowledge and skills required of teachers to promote high-need and other students’ attainment of state standards in civics and government. The project is made possible by a generous grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Supporting Effective Educator Development program.