The Vermont Bar Association Center for Public Education was established in 2002. It was created to provide Vermont educators at all levels with professional development opportunities and Vermont teachers and students with top quality classroom materials in civics, government, and law-related education. The Center also sponsors programs on these topics for adults in a variety of forums and formats. Most of the Center’s programs and materials are provided free of charge.
The Center has developed cooperative relationships with the Center for Civic Education (California and Washington DC), the American Bar Association, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago and Los Angles, Street Law (Washington DC), the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office, the Vermont Department of Education, the Vermont chapter of the National Education Association, The Vermont Humanities Council, the Vermont Bar Foundation, and many others in an effort to obtain or develop high quality materials and other resources for distribution to Vermont teachers, students, and other citizens.
Center programs have reached tens of thousands of Vermont students and adults and have provided training to hundreds of Vermont teachers. Subject to grant funding, materials produced or distributed by the Center have been distributed to schools and to the adult population across the state.