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
  • Events and New Resources

    Project Citizen Showcase for grades 4-12--June 4, 2021.
    It is not too late to get your students involved learning how to influence public policy on issues that concern them. Project Citizen is a process to help keep students engaged whether classes meet in-person or remotely due to the pandemic. A Project Citizen Professional Development video provides an introduction to the program.


    The New Jersey Council for the Social Studies 2020 Annual Fall Conference was digital due to the pandemic.
    Go to the NJCSS web site to view teacher video resources. Professional development credit is available.


    New Jersey Student Mock Election-Results from the 2020 election are now available!


    We the People the Citizen and the Constitution high school competition was conducted digitally on January 27, 2021. East Brunswick High School won top honors. West Windsor-Plainsboro North High School finished second. Both will be representing New Jersey at the National Finals in April.


    New current issues lessons:
  • Judicial Appointments
  • Redistricting New Jersey's Congressional Districts
  • Statehood for the DC and Puerto Rico
  • Contact Information

    Arlene Gardner
    President, Board of Directors
    arlenega@sas.rutgers.edu
    Robert O'Dell
    Executive Director
    ro205@scarletmail.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.