Civics in Wisconsin Inc.

Civics in Wisconsin Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation dedicated to assisting Wisconsin teachers teach the United States Constitution.  We offer free educational materials, a state-wide competitive hearing and professional development. Our organization is affiliated with the Center for Civic Education.  The Center is located in California and can be found at
We currently support two programs in Wisconsin, We the People and  Project Citizen.  We have a page for each program so that you can learn more about them and see if they are a fit for your educational program.
See the bottom of this page for ways to work with the current situation regarding Coronavirus and schools not in session.  The Center for Civic Education has websites that offer educational materials.

The Center for Civic Education has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund a research program for Project Citizen teachers.  First opportunity will be held during the summer of 2020.  For more details go the Project Citizen page.

The Center for Civic Education in California has announced a new program available at  This is a self paced academic curriculum for teachers and students. It was developed under the James Madison Legacy Project which was funded by the United States Department of Education.  Take at look!!  More information can be found on the 
We the People page of this website.
News from the We the People program
The state competition was held on January 11, 2020.  See the We the People page for results.
The Center for Civic Education has also announced a new text for grades 3-5 for civic education.  Details are available from the Center or you can contact Jim Kegel.
If you or your organization are interested in helping further our work, please contact Jack Jarmes or myself.  Our phone numbers are listed within this website.  Thank you!

Project Citizen would like to thank Herbert H. Kohl Charities for their support of the Project Citizen program in Wisconsin!
Both Project Citizen and We the People would like to recognize and thank American Family Insurance for their generous support.  We also want to recognize the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies for their support.

(Jack Jarmes and Jim Kegel at their booth at the WCSS convention in Madison in 2015)


We the People high school text is now available in ebook form and there is an "enhanced" ebook model also available.
Contact Jim Kegel for more details




We the People

This program is designed to teach the background, history, and implementation of the Constitution of the United States.  The text provides lessons on the historic development of the document, the actual events leading to the implementation of the document and modern day application of the principles of the document.  We the People offers three levels of textbooks, one for the elementary schools, one for the middle grades, and a high school text.
Contact:  Jim Kegel at or call 608-203-8470

Project Citizen

Project Citizen is a program with a hands on approach to citizenship and public policy.  Students develop skills and understanding regarding the citizens role in local and state government.  Through this program, students learn to identify problems in a community, study alternative solutions to that problem, pick a solution and develop an action plan for solving the problem.  All of this is done in the course of study and in many cases, students have actually presented their findings to local governments.
Contact:  Jack Jarmes at 

The James Madison Legacy Project Print E-mail


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The James Madison Legacy Project is a three-year nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education that aims to (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 focuses 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.

You can stay informed about the James Madison Legacy Project by subscribing to the Center for Civic Education’s newsletter.

To find out about project activities and professional development opportunities in your state, click the map.

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James Madison Legacy Project Online Platform

The Center has developed an online professional development platform for participants in the James Madison Legacy Project. On the platform, teachers, mentors, and coordinators can access professional learning communities and use discussion forums to exchange ideas and experiences.

James Madison Legacy Project Online Course

The Center is currently developing an online professional development course for teachers of civics and government. The course features videos of scholars providing in-depth explanations of the ideas contained in each unit of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution curriculum. These videos are accompanied by interactive online exercises and forums. The course is currently not open to the public during the initial development phase of the project. Registered users can access the videos through the  online platform.

 American Governance

This collection of articles from American Governance contains twenty-five entries that were designed exclusively for teachers participating in the James Madison Legacy Project administered by the Center for Civic Education. The entries in this package provide an in-depth analysis of key concepts associated with each unit of We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution (Level 3). The entries include concepts associated with each unit. Each article offers a bibliography and cross-references to guide the reader to related subjects. The collection appears here by kind permission of Cengage Learning.






Dear Fellow Civic Educators:

This is a challenging time for our nation. The coronavirus pandemic has caused the closure of schools nationwide and teachers are looking for high-quality distance-learning materials to continue teaching social studies.

We're here to help. The Center for Civic Education and our partner, Actively Learn, are offering the middle and high school enhanced ebook editions of We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution for free until July 31. Visit this page to sign up:

There's more. The Center offers several free distance-learning resources to help teachers reach their students with our research-backed curricula. Our website features two free online courses and a Civics Forum, and we're adding more resources all the time.

Let's rise to meet this challenge together. Visit to learn more.









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