What is JMLPE?

The James Madison Legacy Project Expansion Program (JMLPE) is designed to provide lessons, activities, and training for teachers to make the We the People program more accessible English language learners (ELLs), students of color, and students with disabilities.

Who Can Participate?

25 middle and high school civics, social studies, American history, or government teachers who have not attended a We the People Summer Institute and have not had teams participate in a We the People competition or showcase can apply to participate. Participants will need a willingness to learn and the ability to implement the program. 

The JMLPE uses the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution program. Please take a look at the table of contents of the curriculum and see if what you will teach in the fall will cover a majority of the same content. If it does, then your class may qualify. Since the program is an evaluation, it is important that the classes teach to the same content. 


  • Have at least one class that is composed of 30% or more ELLs, 30% or more students of color, and/or 50% or more students with disabilities.
  • Take pre & post tests as a teacher.
  • Proctor pre & post tests to your students.
  • Attend free, required professional development trainings:
    • 36 hours of in-person training at the Summer Institute
    • 16 hours of online training during the school year
  • Integrate 40 hours of We the People in your classroom instruction.
  • Have students participate in the simulated congressional hearing activity.

Educators Will Receive:

  • A free classroom set of student textbooks & teacher's guide (worth up to $1,045).
  • Private hotel accommodations for the duration of the institute.
  • Limited mileage reimbursement for those who travel 100 miles or more one way to the institute.
  • Meals including per diem for dinner.
  • Professional development hours and a stipend upon completion of program requirements.
  • Implementation support throughout the year from expert mentors and Arizona Bar Foundation staff.
  • Access to lesson plans/resources.

Apply to Participate

If you are an educator who meets the requirements listed above and are interested in applying, click here!


For more information, contact Jennifer Castro


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