NJ Center For Civic Education

The New Jersey Center for Civic Education is an independent non-profit organization affiliated with the Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences and located on the Rutgers-Piscataway campus. The Center is dedicated to:

  • Fostering the knowledge, skills and dispositions students need to be responsible, engaged politically tolerant citizens in a democratic society
  • Providing professional development and resources for K-12 educators
  • Promoting civic engagement and an understanding of history and the role of the citizen and public policy-making in a democratic society
  • Advocating for policies that enhance the teaching of social studies
  • Upcoming Events

    April 20, 2016:
    All- day Project Citizen workshop for middle school teachers. This project-based civic education program involves students in understanding public policy and learning how to effect change in their communities. The workshop will be held at Rutgers University's Busch Campus Center in Piscataway, room 174, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch and materials will be provided. The workshop is FREE for NJCSS members and $10 for non-members (or use the form below to become a member). To register, send an email with your name and school to civiced@njclre.rutgers.edu

    July 5-10 2016:
    We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
    Summer Institute for middle and high school teachers from NJ, PA, and DE, to be held at Valley Forge, PA. We the People integrates U.S. history, government and law, including the political philosophy that underlies the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights and their application over the course of U.S. history and today. The summer program includes lectures and discussions with historical and Constitutional scholars, lesson demonstrations and discussions with experienced classroom teacher-mentors, and a visit to Liberty Hall and the National Constitution Center. Participating teachers will receive a certificate for 30 hours of professional development, a free classroom set of materials, and a $500 stipend. Space is limited to 12 teachers from New Jersey. Interested teachers should contact Arlene Gardner at agardner@njclre.rutgers.edu by March 1st. Preference given to teachers from high needs school districts.

    To register click on this link.

    Contact Information

    Arlene Gardner, Director
    civiced@njclre.rutgers.edu
    Phone: (848) 445-3413
    NJ Center for Civic Education
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    640 Bartholomew Road, Suite 101-103
    Piscataway, NJ 08854


    Be part of the effort to ensure that our next generation has the skills, knowledge, and interest to be informed, engaged citizens. Donate to the New Jersey Center for Civic Education.