TAFT Institute for Government
and Civic Education

"Making Democracy Work"

The Taft Institute for Government and Civic Education, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit 501 c 3 organization, located on the campus of Queens College of the City University of New York, was founded in 1961 to expand and improve political participation in the United States. The Institute works to achieve this goal in four areas: Curriculum Development, Teacher Training, Community Leadership Training, and Adult Civic Education.

For many years, the institute focused on improving civic education (K-12) through university based workshops that provided teachers with the latest political science research, innovative pedagogy, and the chance to interact directly with elected officials and other political practitioners. Over 30,000 teachers graduated from Taft Institute seminars. More recently, the Institute has partnered with the Museum of the Moving Image and the Museum of the City of New York to offer its seminar to New York area teachers.  


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