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: Project Citizen Workshop
    Project Citizen is a project-based civic education program that 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. To register, send an email with your name and school to civiced@njclre.rutgers.edu.

    June 30, 2016: Developing Lessons on New Jersey History Workshop
    Final free workshop for New Jersey teachers grades 3-12 to develop and demonstrate lessons about New Jersey history to be integrated with U.S. history or stand alone. The workshop will be held at Busch Campus Center, Rutgers University, in Piscataway, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Materials will be disseminated and lunch will be served. To register contact Arlene Gardner at civiced@njclre.rutgers.edu by June 15th

    July 5-10 2016:
    We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
    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. A five-day Summer Institute for middle and high school teachers will be held at Valley Forge, PA. 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 April 15th.

    To register click on this link.

    Contact Information

    Arlene Gardner, Director
    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

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