We the People

Texas-We the People Professional Development Opportunity Civics that Empowers All Students (CEAS)

Open to all Texas teachers!

Law-Related Education is excited to partner with the Center for Civic Education on a new professional development initiative. The Civics that Empowers All Students (CEAS) Institute will take place in Austin, Texas from July 16, 2023 to July 21, 2023.

Who’s Eligible?

  • Teachers in grades 4–8 who work with classes of 30% or more high-need students (Title I schools, students of color, students with disabilities, English learners, or other underserved students) with no prior experience participating in professional development or teaching We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

What Will I Get?

  • Free professional development! A total of 52 hours of professional development in a learning community with mentors and other teachers from your state or neighboring states, including a 36-hour in-person summer institute (July 16-21, 2023) and 16 hours of online academic-year follow up.
  • Engaging pedagogy and academic content, centered on the highly-effective We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution curriculum
  • A network of support and resources for engaging diverse student populations in the history, principles, and current application of the U.S. Constitution
  • Scholar guest speakers
  • Access to a library of professional development videos with noted scholars and practitioners cued to the curriculum
  • Free set of We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbooks and teacher’s guide
  • A stipend of $500 for completing program requirements

Program Requirements

  • Participate in 52 hours of professional development
  • A total of 40 hours of classroom instruction using the curriculum
  • Involve students in the simulated congressional hearing instructional activity
  • Participate in a teacher pre- and post-test
  • Administer student pre- and post-tests

Please fill out this form to indicate your interest and qualifications.

About We the People: Civics that Empowers All Students

  • This project is funded by a Supporting Effective Educator Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Project Goals: (1) To increase underserved grades 4–8 students’ attainment of state civics standards, related literacy standards, and social and emotional learning competencies, (2) to create inclusive and identity-safe learning environments for underserved students in grades 4–8, (3) to support high-quality development for diverse teachers, and (4) to study the effectiveness of the updated and enhanced We the People blended-learning professional development program at improving teacher and student outcomes.