James J. Carroll
Research Associate Professor, Maxwell School
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1985
Public school teaching of American history, public policy skills, and constitutional law, using Internet applications
In 1976, I developed Project LEGAL which achieved both state and national
validation (based on pre/post, target/control group studies) for advancing
elementary and secondary students’ problem solving skills and knowledge of the
U.S. legal/judicial system. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, I conducted
teacher training workshops in 34 states in which over 1500 school districts
adopted Project LEGAL.
1988, I transferred my grants from the School of Education to the Maxwell
School since I was working with several Maxwell faculty on annual grants from
the National Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution.
Since transferring to Maxwell, I have obtained over $20M in competitive federal
grants through U.S. Department of Education Programs such as the National
Diffusion Network, the Law-Related Education Program, the Javits Talented and Gifted
Students Program (Project CRITICAL), and the Technology Innovation Challenge
Grants (Project TIPS). Most of the aforementioned grants benefited
teachers and students in school districts in the Bronx and in Harlem, although
initial attempts to partner with the Syracuse City School District were always
Currently, I serve as the Maxwell School’s Principal Investigator for “Scaling—Up Project CRITICAL,” a five-year (2017—2022) grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Javits Gifted and Talented Education Program in collaboration with 125 elementary and secondary teachers and 5,000 students in Harlem’s Community School District 5.
I am the author of several
textbooks and related teacher guides for use in American history classrooms on
subjects such as the ratification debates, the presidency, and the founding
period. I developed numerous Internet applications on public policy
skills and constitutional law with Joseph Montecalvo for use in Project HISTORY
and other Maxwell projects such as The Public Policy Analyst and CompuLEGAL.
Develops and directs multi-year federally—funded projects for school districts on teaching American history, public policy skills and constitutional law that use Internet applications developed colleague, Joe Montecalvo.