Professional Development

From personal consultations to one-hour group sessions to one-week courses, CLP brings cutting-edge, best-practices training in civic education to teachers statewide.

Oregon Civics Conference


The first Friday of December is “Civic Education for Teachers” Day.  In honor of this, Classroom Law Project hosts a Civics Conference, drawing teachers, curriculum specialists and administrators from across Oregon to the State Capitol for an insider’s view of Oregon government. Participants attend workshops led by representatives from all three branches of government and receive resources, formal training and classroom coaching. Click here to learn more.

 James Madison Legacy Project

This intensive professional development includes a series of workshops focused on We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution. Get a classroom set of textbooks, $1000 stipend, and much, much more! Click here to learn more.

Summer Institute

IMG_1506Each year, CLP’s Summer Institute brings together educators and leaders in law, politics and civic education for three days of curriculum development, strategies and content discussion. In 2016, Dr. Paula McAvoy, co-author of The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education returns to CLP’s Summer Institute. Dr. McAvoy will present her findings and share skills teachers can use to facilitate classroom discussions about controversial issues.  Click here to learn more.

We The People Book Club

Register now for 2017-18!

Join Classroom Law Project for another series of fascinating books that connect with Constitutional principles and current events at the We the People Book Club! Sign up early to ensure your spot at these popular meetings. Registration is required as we have limited seating capacity at the Lucky Labrador. Last year each Book Club session was a full house!

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Unit 1 & 2: Oct. 10, 2017 Unit 3: Dec. 5, 2017 Unit 4: Feb. 6, 2018 Unit 6: April 3, 2018 Unit TBA: May 1, 2018 Unit 5: June 5, 2018


IMG_1375Classroom Law Project holds workshops throughout the year to help teachers, attorneys, and others prepare students for Mock Trial, We the People, Project Citizen and more! Interested in having a workshop in your school or community? Contact us at or (503) 224-4424.

 Project Citizen

Project Citizen Workshops (Grades 5-12) Project Citizen is an interdisciplinary curriculum for upper elementary, middle and high school students designed to teach responsible participation in local and state government. Students work cooperatively to identify a public policy problem in their community, evaluate possible solutions, and develop an action plan for local government leaders to use in address the problem. The work culminates with a class portfolio and mock public hearing that can be part of the Oregon Project Citizen Showcase.

We the People

We the People Workshop (Grades 5-12)  In this hands-on, interactive workshop, teachers learn how to implement the acclaimed We the People curriculum from experienced teachers and Classroom Law Project experts.  Click here to learn more about the We the People curriculum.

We the People Coaches’ Workshop Review the state hearing questions with fellow teachers and attorneys. All teachers, teacher-coaches, attorney-coaches, and other colleagues working with students as they prepare for simulated congressional hearings, both competitive and non-competitive, should attend.

Mock Trial

Mock Trial Workshop for Teachers Its connection with the Common Core is strong. Students practice necessary critical analysis skills (viewing an issue from multiple views, for example) while advancing content (U.S. judicial system, science concepts via trials with science themes) and practicing necessary literacy (reading, writing, persuasive writing and speaking, etc.). Mock trial works because it engages students on many levels and it is fun! Click here for more information on upcoming mock trial workshops.

Private Consultations

CLP staff provide consultation and assistance to educators, attorneys and others who wish to create lessons and curriculum, ranging from civics for kindergartners to constitutional studies for advanced placement students in high school. All programs are tailored to fit individual needs. Complete the following form if you would like to schedule a private consultation.

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