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The Eagleton Institute offers a variety of resources to support educators who are working to develop responsive, effective, ethical citizens and leaders.

Teaching Politics

Eagleton’s Center for Youth Political Participation (CYPP) supports educators at all levels as they prepare their students to be active citizens.

Edited by CYPP Director Elizabeth C. Matto and published by the American Political Science Association, Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines serves as a free public resource for educators dedicated to preparing students to be active participants in the democratic process.


Educators can search Eagleton’s research archive and browse the complete research libraries of the Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Center on the American Governor, Center for Youth Political Participation, and the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll conducted by the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling.

Eagleton’s faculty, centers, and programs study:

  • Campaigns, elections and political parties
  • Civic education and political engagement
  • Ethics
  • Governors and state politics
  • Minority and immigrant political behavior
  • New Jersey politics
  • Public opinion polling and survey research
  • Public safety and community resilience
  • Science and politics
  • Women’s political participation
  • Youth political participation and young elected leaders

State House Express

Students sitting in the State House in Trenton.

The State House Express program was designed by Eagleton and the New Jersey Office of Legislative Services to give students a front-row seat to democracy by supporting field trips to visit the New Jersey State House.

A project of Eagleton’s Center for Youth Political Participation (CYPP), this small grants program provides awards up to $750 to eligible teachers of government, civics, history, and other social studies classes in grades 3 through 12. The grants are designed to help pay for bus rental costs to take classes on field trips to the State House in Trenton for special guided tours and first-hand examination of the legislature’s role in our system of representative democracy.

The State House Express program is funded by the New Jersey Legislature and is administered by the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in collaboration with the Office of Legislative Services at the State House in Trenton.

The Eagleton Institute of Politics is no longer administering the State House Express awards.

All inquiries about the State House Express program should be directed to:

NJ State Tour Office (609) 847-3150.

Teach a Girl To Lead™

A young girl wants to be the first female president.

Teach a Girl to Lead™, a program of Eagleton’s Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), was created to inspire girls and young women to follow in the footsteps of women leaders, past and present. Making women’s political leadership visible to America’s youth will help both boys and girls grow up with more inclusive ideas about who can lead.

Educators can access lesson plans, activities and resources to help young people rethink leadership and refocus the picture.

RU Ready

Rutgers undergraduates work with local high school students to build civic, political, and expressive skills needed to address public problems in their communities. The RU Ready civic engagement initiative is a project of Eagleton’s Center for Youth Political Participation.

Attend an Event

The Institute presents an annual event series where students can connect with public leaders, scholars, academics, and political analysts. Group registration for classes or school groups to attend an event are encouraged.

Educators can get alerts about upcoming events by email as well as on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.