ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Educators from across the country are learning how to better teach U.S government to their students as part of the James Madison Legacy Project this week at Montpelier. 

The project is an introduction to what teachers will be instructing next school year. The goal of scholars leading the conference is to have educators walk away better prepared to teach a history lesson.

Teachers across the nation this week are gathering at James Madison’s Montpelier inside the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution.

"We ask our students to be lifelong learners, and if we're not lifelong learners, then we're not uh fulfilling that on our own," said Jim Rossi who teaches social studies in Maryland.

The James Madison Legacy Project allows teachers to dive into the history of U.S. government with special attention to the Constitution.

Henry Chambers is a scholar and law professor at the University of Richmond. "We have to figure out what the Constitution says, what it means and how it applies," he said.

This allows students to better understand what they're learning in the classroom.

"They're creating lesson plans, they're learning about the founding," said Doug Smith, a vice president of the Montpelier Foundation.

The project is intended for teachers of students who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

"Teachers that work with inner-city students, that work with rural populations of students," said Emily Voss of the Constitution Center.

Participants take part in group discussions and refer to a textbook titled We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution."

Pam Koury teaches civics at Henley Middle School in Albemarle County. She says she's looking forward to taking what she's learning and applying it in her classroom.

“We have never really used a textbook, so that's kind of an exciting component for them to just have some short readings to do," said Koury.

The program is taught by nationally recognized scholars.

On Sunday, law enforcement officials will be learning about the Constitution.