The Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier offers world-class on-site and Web-enabled educational programming. The Center’s goal is to inspire participation in civic dialogue, improve the public’s understanding of the founding principles of the United States, and enable citizens to deepen their understanding of and participation in our democracy. The Center was established by The Montpelier Foundation in 2002 with a goal of becoming the nation's leading resource in high quality constitutional education. The Center serves as a teaching academy, a place where professionals are immersed in an intellectual engagement with the theory and meaning of the American Constitution. Over 30,000 professionals from all 50 states and over 60 countries have participated in the Center's programs — among these are teachers, state supreme court justices, and elected officials.