Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

The Ashbrook Center is poised for dramatic growth that will improve how history, civics, and politics are taught in middle and high school classrooms throughout the United States. To begin this, the Center is embarking on a three-year, $15.25 million fund-raising campaign. The campaign is designed to expand and create new programs for teachers as well as for students – programs to impact middle and high school students and programs to educate principled leaders – toward the ultimate goal of strengthening constitutional self-government in America.

In 2011, the Ashbrook Board devised a plan to change the direction of the education of America’s youth and established a set of goals to guide the future growth of the Ashbrook Center:

Programs for Students: The Ashbrook Center will expand its effort to educate  principled leaders for America’s future by strengthening the Ashbrook Scholar program at Ashland University as well as creating new programs to teach the principles of American self-government to students nationwide.

Programs for Teachers: The Ashbrook Center will expand its effort to improve middle-school and high-school social studies education by expanding the Center’s current programs at Ashland University. The Center will also create new programs on-line and at other locations across America to return the focus of teacher training back to the mastery of the subject area.

Programs for the American People: The Ashbrook Center will widen its reach as a resource for citizens to develop a deeper understanding of the principles upon which our nation was founded.

Partnerships: The Ashbrook Center will engage in partnerships with other related organizations and assist with the development of independent centers at other colleges and universities to maximize the national impact of the Center.

Through undergraduate, graduate, and civic programs, the Ashbrook Center aspires to be the leading national educator in the enduring principles and practice of free government in the United States.

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