To ensure active participation in our democracy, educators must help students engage with their communities and learn a variety of skills associated with political and community life. They also must help students cultivate attitudes and beliefs that might best be described as `civic virtues.`
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A compilation of reports and policy statements promoting civic learning in schools for administrators and curriculum developers who are working to include civics standards and practices in the Social Studies curriculum.
CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, is a non-partisan, independent research organization focused on youth civic engagement in the United States. They conduct extensive research on youth participation, and we leverage that research to improve opportunities for all young people to acquire and use the skills and knowledge they need to meaningfully participate in civic life.
Education Week is an independent news organization that provides comprehensive coverage on K-12 education news, analysis, and opinion.
Edutopia is dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. Founded by innovative and award-winning filmmaker George Lucas in 1991, we take a strategic approach to improving K-12 education.
Fulbright Teacher Exchanges create a global community of educators to invigorate student learning. We provide opportunities for educators to share practices across borders and bring international knowledge, skills, and perspectives to their classrooms and schools. Through exchange programs, educators forge lasting connections and prepare their students to be open-minded future leaders who are well-positioned to work with others around the world to address shared global challenges.
Resources to address the challenges of remote learning during the current COVID-19 health emergency.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History.
Find a list of valuable links on Naturalization and Citizenship from workshop presenter the Honorable Landya McCafferty.
An example of a perfomance based assessment in civics
The purpose of this guidebook is to serve as a resource for teachers, administrators, policymakers, and other education leaders who want to put these practices in place but are not sure how to begin. For those who already are sold on the idea of the six proven practices but need ideas for how to promote and utilize them, this document highlights research that confirms these practices as proven strategies for implementing high-quality civic learning, and provides practical suggestions for how to implement each practice in schools and classrooms and how to model state-level policies that support these practices. This guidebook also outlines various programs that align with each practice.
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use the materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.
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Drawing on democratic theory and on findings from their study, the authors detail three conceptions of the “good” citizen— personally responsible, participatory, and justice oriented—that underscore political implications of education for democracy. The article demonstrates that the narrow and often ideologically conservative conception of citizenship embedded in many current efforts at teaching for democracy reflects not arbitrary choices but, rather, political choices with political consequences.
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