South Carolina middle- and high-school teachers who teach government and civics will have an opportunity to win funding provided through the South Carolina Bar's Law-Related Education (LRE) Division.
The grants are a part of the national James Madison Legacy Project of the Center for Civic Education, which received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program.
The program was launched after a study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed only a quarter of the students evaluated performed at a proficient level when tested in civics.
The SC Bar became involved "in order to improve this statistic and help students become effective and engaged members of our society," Donald N. Lanier, SC Bar LRE manager, said.
"It is critical that teachers have a sound background in civics and government and develop the skills required to bring the subject to life for their students," he added.
Funds will be awarded to programs and workshops that help teachers plan lessons and projects dealing with the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights or citizens' rights and responsibilities. Forty-six states are participating in the initiative.
For more information about the program and its funding, contact Lanier at 803-252-5139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.