The James Madison Legacy Project is a three-year nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education that will (1) increase the number of highly effective teachers of high-need students through the professional development of 2,025 teachers, (2) increase the achievement of at least 202,500 students in attaining state standards in civics and government, (3) serve the self-identified professional development needs of a minimum of more than 500 participating schools with significant concentrations of high-need students throughout the United States, and (4) evaluate the relative effectiveness of the Center’s research-validated traditional We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution professional development model enhanced with online resources and a new blended-learning variation of the traditional model that also uses online resources.

The project will focus on identifying cost-effective means of providing widely available 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 James Madison Legacy Project is made possible by a generous grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Supporting Effective Educator Development program.


The research team at Georgetown University is led by veteran statistical methodologist and political scientist, Dr. Diana Owen. Owen is an Associate Professor of Political Science and teaches in the Communication, Culture, and Technology graduate program at Georgetown. She is the author of several books and numerous journal article on media, government, and information age political engagement. She has conducted studies funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Center for Civic Education, and other sources.


Owen's team at Georgetown includes three graduate research assistants in the Communication, Culture, and Technology program. G Isaac W Riddle is a second year graduate student focusing on media, politics, and citizenship. He leads the data collection of JMLP teachers. Scott Schroeder, a second year CCT student, leads the collection of JMLP student data. Jilanne Doom, also a second year student focusing on media and politics, leads the multimedia and outreach activities of the JMLP Research.

Visit the Center for Civic Education website to learn more about the CCE team and the We the People curriculum.