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We the People - Civics that Empowers All Students 4th-8th Grade Educator Application

Thank you for your interest in joining the first cohort of the We the People - Civics that Empower All 4th-8th Educator Program. You will joining in a meaningful series of professional learning events to support you and your students to advance Civic and Constitutional understanding and dialogue.  

We hope this is the beginning of years working together to a) equip and empower you with important civic knoweldge and pedagogy b) provide proven dialogue protocols to enhance civic and civil dialogue, and c) instill We the People into your classroom curriculum to effectively teach civics.

Below is the application to learn about you, your students, and your commitment. You may be asked for a phone call or Zoom follow up meeting. Upon acceptance, a second survey will gather additional information to help us tailor the program to you specific needs including accessibility, food and lodging needs, and your hopes for your learning.

Please answer all questions to the best of your ability with what you expect for the 2023-2024 school year. We understand this is a dynamic time - please keep us informed as changes are both understandable and expected. We are happy to work with you and your individual situation.

Please complete this application as soon as possible to secure your spot. Educators not accepted into the first cohort may be asked to join the Control Teaher cohort and reapply for 2024-2025. 

Note - for the 2023-2024 cohort, the summer sessions will occur in Philadelphia and the year round professional learning and support will occur in Michigan and/or virtually.  Thank you!

Contact Information

Please provide an email you will have consistent access to including over the summer during the institute.

In what ways might participation in the year-long We the People benefit you and your students? Please explain your motivation applying and describe what you are hoping to gain from your involvement.

Please describe the students you anticipate being engaged in We the People? What are some of the unique qualities of the students you serve?


Teacher Agreement and Expectations

Teachers are asked to participate to their fullest ability in all of the below.
I can attend the entirety of the summer sessions - approximately 36 hours. There will be approximately 16 academic year hours including in person, learning labs, and virtual sessions.
By participating in the CEAS - We the People Program, I agree to the following (please check all boxes to show your agreement):
I understand I will be paid a $600 stipend for participating in and completing the Program. I understand payment will occur only upon completion of all the requirements of the research study and at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.
I understand I may be contacted to complete an interview. This may be done in person, on the phone, and/or over Zoom.
My administration is aware of and supportive of my involvement in the Program. MCCE will provide a letter to share with your administration for participation and to support you through the project requirements.
By applying, I understand photos, videos, and likeness of myself and my school and students may be used by the Michigan Center for Civic Education and its partners including the Center for Civic Education and the National Constitution Center.
By applying, I understand I will conduct myself professionally displaying professional vulnerability embracing opportunities to reflect and grow in my practice.

Please use this section to provide any additional information that will be helpful in reviewing your application. If you indicated "other" in any of the above sections, please clarify here.


My typed name below signifies understanding, agreement, and compliance with all aspects of the CEAS - We the People Program. I understand this is both an important curriculum and instructional tool as well as a research study. I agree to join the professional learning community and adhere to the mandates of the Program.

Thank you

Thank you so much for applying. We look forward to working with you!

If you have any quesstions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Please email or call Ellen at 248 321 4842 (cell) or!