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February 22, 2019
How four Chicago educators mine a competitive and historic election for the classroom
From mock elections to polling marches, educators shared ways they use election season to teach.
January 18, 2019
Water fountains, a march, and dreams: Brooklyn kindergartners learn about the civil rights movement ahead of MLK day
Like many schools across the city, kindergartners at New American Academy Charter School participated in several activities to learn about Martin Luther King Jr. Day ahead of the national holiday.
November 29, 2018
Civics 101: New course will teach Newark students how to tackle local problems
Newark high schoolers will soon take a course in civic problem-solving.
April 17, 2018
I’m an Oklahoma educator who had become complacent about funding cuts. Our students will be different.
Over the long term, this walkout will hopefully lead to more funding for our schools. But it will definitely lead to a more engaged youth population in Oklahoma.
How I Teach
June 1, 2017
How this high school history teacher used the Black Eyed Peas to help her students focus
An award-winning high school civics teacher shares her thoughts on student-made podcasts, making class fun and the power of a calm mind.
August 3, 2015
Tennessee Blue Book becomes source of online lesson plans
In conjunction with Secretary of State Tre Hargett's office, seven teachers design a curriculum based on the definitive almanac of Tennessee state government.
Leadership & Management
January 20, 2015
Overtesting concerns could derail bill's proposal for civics exam (updated)
The question of whether Indiana high school graduates should pass a civics test is running up against an emerging concern that Hoosier children are simply…
May 4, 2012
At civics competition, students present plans for progress
Students from Generation Citizen's inaugural Civics Day (Wei Yao) The ninth grade girls at the Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice weren't interested in much when Pace University junior Kayla Francis first visited their classroom in February to discuss civics topics to research. She tossed out a few ideas – poverty, humanitarianism – until one issue finally caught their attention. "Nothing got them as excited as women's health," said Francis. Led by Francis, a mentor on the project, the group spent the next six weeks researching women's health issues, including teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease, which they said were issues in their own all-girls school. On Friday they presented their findings – along with a plan to raise awareness – to a panel of about 40 judges from around the city community as part of an inaugural "Civics Day" event hosted by Generation Citizen. More than 500 middle and high school students from 14 schools participated in the six-week program, which is in its first year in New York City. Generation Citizen, founded by Scott Warren during his senior year at Brown University in 2008, already has similar civics programs in Boston and Providence. New York City is no stranger to civics education programs, of course. In March, a similar event was held at the Academy for Young Writers.
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