Civic Education

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 14:19
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I feel fortunate to have been selected to be the Baylor University Fellow this year, and to have worked at iCivics on so many great projects. Over the course of my time in Boston, I have written about social studies...

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 14:39
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Millions of students play “Do I Have a Right?” each school year. Within the game, they have the opportunity to create new identities for themselves, to exercise agency, and to behave altruistically through helping...

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 07:36
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Layering lessons and resources for effective learning!

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Fri, 04/07/2017 - 21:18
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Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:56
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iCivics and the Aspen Institute are cosponsoring the National O'Connor Scholars Program. 11th or 12th...

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:04
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Research: the word heard ‘round the world by college freshmen. When I began my first year at the...

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 12:42
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The Presidency, the Press and Protests: A Partner Webinar 

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Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:12
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How civics must stay relevant in a changing democracy

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Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:14
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— Updated game, new lesson plans, infographic help...

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:39
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Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:42
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An Interview with Amber Coleman-Mortley

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Tue, 11/22/2016 - 17:40
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Tue, 11/01/2016 - 17:37
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Thu, 10/27/2016 - 10:53
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As the election draws near, there has been an expressed interest in how we might improve civic knowledge, civic participation, and civic education in the United States.  Here are two...

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 17:08
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Louise Dubé, Executive Director iCivics

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Thu, 09/01/2016 - 16:37
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Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:01
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Tue, 06/07/2016 - 13:07
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If you want to talk about education reform, you will find a lot of statistics about poor performance and theories on how to tackle it.  So far, easy.  There is still much...

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 20:57
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iCivics was in the New York Times!  Highlighting the various strides iCivics has taken to become the reputable, nonpartisan classroom resource it is today; Times reporter Natasha...

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 12:22
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The New York Times asked its readers to list...

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:16
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Executive Director Louise Dubé sat down with Alexander Heffner from The Open Mind to talk about how to reinvigorate civic education through virtual games for young people amidst the skepticism about politics...

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 11:55
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Citizenship and the Elementary Classroom – a seamless, perfect pair


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Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:14
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American students are alarmingly unfamiliar with the essential elements of democracy.

 

By Sandra Day O'Connor and John Glenn

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Thu, 03/05/2015 - 13:01
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The Capitol Square Foundation, the John Glenn College at The Ohio State University, and iCivics today announced a partnership to create a web based, interactive citizenship curriculum...

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:58
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Thu, 01/08/2015 - 12:22
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College and career readiness are two common themes in education today.  In fact, most states have created, or are working to create, a college and career readiness definition...

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:41
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Now that election season is over and mass media has...

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:36
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I was listening to a back-to-school guest speaker talk about bullying in schools. I was shocked how to hear that bullying has become an epidemic for American students. The guest speaker suggested that...

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:31
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As a member of the iCivics pilot program for teachers in Indianapolis, I was honored to be asked to share not only my experience as an attendee of the institute, but also how my attendance affected...

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:37
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Thu, 09/11/2014 - 13:01
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“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights...

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:57
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"If men expect to be ignorant and free, they expect what never was and never will be."  Thomas Jefferson.  These immortal words by the inspired...

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:59
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Before leaving for iCivics training mid July, I assumed that the highlight of the trip would be meeting Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice. Upon...

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:46
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As part of my curriculum in teaching 8th grade social studies, I am required to teach a quarter of government. I would often find myself struggling to make that quarter...

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:53
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We’ve all seen the statistics…The Nation’s Report Card (NAEP) has consistently revealed that students, K-12...

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:09
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During the month of June, iCivics welcomed Baylor Teaching Fellow, Tyler Ellis an Ed D candidate at Baylor University and 6th grade reading teacher at Rapoport Academy (Waco...

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:09
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Today the Wall Street Journal released an op-ed from Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Executive Director Jeff Curley highlighting the tension between "old and new".  "Learning can happen anytime, anywhere..." (Justice...

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:43
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2013 was a banner year for iCivics. As we close out our fiscal year, this Annual Report provides an...

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 22:52
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When we launched iCivics.org in May 2010, no one imagined that three years later we would be serving 40,000 teachers and six million students. But here we are, and thanks to you, iCivics is now the most...

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 14:55
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Civic Literacy and Changing the Meaning of Pi

In late 19th century Indiana, the legislature tried to pass a bill that would change the meaning of Pi to 3.2.

For the sake of our social...

Wed, 05/22/2013 - 10:34
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iCivics Teachers,

Back in December, we asked you for feedback and comments on your iCivics experience to share with Justice O'Connor. 

Justice O'Connor was overwhelmed by your response! We...

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 13:48
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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (ret.) was born on this date, March 26th in 1930. She went...

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 11:45
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While discussing her new book, Out of Order, Justice O'Connor also spread the word about iCivics with help from the Morning Joe crew:

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:45
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Ah President’s day. According to the federal government the holiday is meant to commemorate George Washington’s birthday. Yet the day has come to honor the office of the presidency, not just our first president. No...

Thu, 01/24/2013 - 15:26
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Role play games -- such as mock trials, debates, and model legislatures -- are well-established ways to introduce students to important civic processes, to encourage critical thinking, and to target Common Core...

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 17:08
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The team here at iCivics is ecstatic to learn that our most ambitious project to date, Drafting Board, is more effective at teaching argumentative (persuasive) writing than traditional teaching approaches. According...

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 10:14
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With the launch of its 17th online game, We The Jury, iCivics is bringing fun to jury duty.

Serving on a jury is one of the fundamental...

Thu, 11/29/2012 - 10:32
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iCivics.org, the nation’s leading provider of high-quality and cost-free civic education materials, is revolutionizing both civic learning and the teaching of writing skills with the launch of its new tool,...

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 12:04
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Civics and citizenship took center stage at the National Council on the Social Studies Annual Conference this year in Seattle. The keynote event and major highlight of the conference was a citizenship and...

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 11:30
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The home of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitutional Convention, and a commitment to civic learning... iCivics is a hit in Philadelphia, according to a story from local ABC station WPVI....

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 16:59
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The San Francisco Chronicle has published on op-ed by Justice O'Connor on the importance...

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 12:52
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The San Francisco Chronicle published an op-ed on the importance of restoring civic learning by...

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 12:30
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The San Francisco Chronicle has published a piece by Justice O'Connor on the importance...

Wed, 10/03/2012 - 10:08
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Parade Magazine featured a cover story and interview with Justice O'Connor. She discussed a wide range of topics,...

Wed, 09/26/2012 - 09:51
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iCivics has just begun an exciting new partnership with EverFi, a leading education technology company focused on critical skills...

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 11:12
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Justice O'Connor, iCivics founder and Board Chair, spoke with Bob Schieffer on CBS's Face the Nation about civics, life as a cowgirl, and more.

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Fri, 07/27/2012 - 14:23
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Justice O'Connor testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about the importance of civic learning and its role in ensuring judicial independence. Two of the three coordinate branches coordinated as she...

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:23
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During Justice O'Connor's recent trip to Atlanta, Georgia to speak at the annual meeting of the Education Commission of the States, CNN caught up with her to get some inside scoop on iCivics.

Check out this...

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 09:25
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Florida is implementing a new state-wide assessment in civics. Check out this story from...

Thu, 06/28/2012 - 13:58
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Filament Games Wins Competitive Department of Education SBIR Grants

Partnership with iCivics Will Develop Innovative Civic Learning Tools

 

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 10:48
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“Because of iCivics, I’ve now got 500 children who are interested in their future in this country, who are interested in learning.” These are the words of an educator in Texas. This past year, iCivics formed the...

Thu, 05/31/2012 - 10:47
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(April 30, 2012) iCivics and Justice O'Connor were back in Texas once again, this time to see the iCivics curriculum in action in Waco, Texas. Baylor University has worked closely with Waco and Midway Independent...

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:51
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This past weekend, Justice O'Connor spoke at the Boys & Girls Club of America's national conference and...

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 09:34
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The Education Commission for the States released an interesting report on how civic engagement is changing as the first generation of digital natives comes of age. Those who have grown up without knowing a world...

Wed, 12/28/2011 - 13:16
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During a recent trip to Los Angeles, [Justice O'Connor] talked up iCivics, an expanding online program aimed at middle school students.

The free curriculum includes lesson plans and games that are linked...

Wed, 11/23/2011 - 10:59
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Engaged: Students Becoming Citizens put together a segment that has commentary from Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst and...

Mon, 10/24/2011 - 13:44
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College-ready, career-ready … and citizenship-ready? Ten papersreleased by the American Enterprise Institute last week make the case that civics education is as critical as literacy and mathematics. They also explore...

Mon, 10/17/2011 - 15:08
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After more than 24 years in the U.S. Supreme Court, former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor now strives to make civics and government more interesting for young children than it was for her growing up in El Paso, Texas....

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:07
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Dear civic educator:

When I was a young student in El Paso, Texas, civics and American history were a big part of my education. I didn’t know it at the time, but those classes were preparing me for a career of...

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 14:51
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Schools that receive federal funding are required to "hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution". Meet your Constitution Day teaching requirement with fun, engaging, and easy-to-use...

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 17:21
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When it comes to heavyweights in the video gaming world, former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor probably isn’t the first person who comes to mind. But with her non-profit educational venture called...

Wed, 07/06/2011 - 12:41
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Globaloria, the social learning network teaching students to make educational webgames, has been hosting the nation’s first and largest game-design...

Mon, 07/04/2011 - 10:25
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...So O'Connor, 81, launched iCivics, a nonprofit organization that aims to enrich students' understanding of American history, laws, and government. While O'...

Sat, 07/02/2011 - 08:53
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As families gather to celebrate Independence Day, it is time to rethink the notion that civics instruction is less than vital in the global economy of the 21st century. If you want to succeed, the message seems to...

Fri, 06/17/2011 - 17:04
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The Florida Department of Education has just released a memo answering Frequently-Asked Questions about the Justice Sandra Day O’...

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 10:01
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Critical thinking is at the heart of a full civics education. Good citizens need not just knowledge of how our government works, but also be able to participate constructively in that government.

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 00:00
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For students at Fulmore Middle School in South Austin, it is a 21stcentury take on a 200-year-old document. It is called iCivics, a computer program designed to break educational barriers, created by the...

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 00:00
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On Tuesday, an eclectic collection of educators, video game designers and marketers, politicians, nonprofit staffers and a former Supreme Court Justice gathered on the AMD campus to talk about the so-called “...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 18:52
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Sandra Day O'Connor and Arne Duncan to Keynote ConferenceWashington, DC, March 23 – iCivics, in partnership with the Aspen...

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 00:00
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Now five years into a productive retirement, O’Connor is devoting her life to teaching American youth about the United States government. 

Wed, 01/19/2011 - 19:21
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The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has added more recommended websites to Great Web Sites for Kids

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 00:00
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Fulfilling a campaign promise to make education a city government priority, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland joined members of her hand-chosen task force this week to unveil an initial round of recommendations aimed...

Mon, 12/27/2010 - 22:43
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Some in public life are taking positive steps to correct this. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is active as ever in her post-jurist days promoting iCivics, an interactive project to engage students...

Mon, 12/27/2010 - 00:00
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If you’re like many Americans, you spent part of your Christmas holiday playing with your Wii, Xbox360, PlayStation 3, or Nintendo—or know someone who did. 

Mon, 12/06/2010 - 16:13
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Teachers from around Oregon learned about some new ways — and relearned some old ways — to educate students about how state government works.

Mon, 11/08/2010 - 15:00
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iCivics is ingenious. It uses computer games to engage students in problem-solving in which the student "wins" by mastering knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and essential foundational principles of our nation.

Tue, 11/02/2010 - 10:01
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Event marked the launch of the Virtue Foundation / iCivics Digital Storytelling Initiative November 2, 2010 – WASHINGTON, DC – On U.S. Election Day, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor visited with NYC...

Mon, 11/01/2010 - 00:00
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No matter how the elections go Tuesday, eighth-graders at Whitehorse Middle School learned something about the process that they are not likely to forget.

Mon, 10/25/2010 - 00:00
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Since retiring from the Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has been on a mission to overcome the ignorance of far too many students in our schools of the roots of their liberties in American history.

Fri, 10/22/2010 - 11:34
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On Friday, September 17, Americans celebrate the signing of the law of the land on that day in 1787. But you knew that, right? If not, Sandra Day O’Connor, a former Supreme Court justice, has the Web site for you. ...

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 12:47
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More than one million iCivics games have been played by students across the countryOctober 21, 2010 – WASHINGTON, DC – iCivics announced today that, in just over a year, more than one million...

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:33
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Well, we are at the Stuart-Hobson Middle School, a public school in the District of Columbia located just a couple of blocks from your old stomping grounds, the United States Supreme Court.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:07
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Grant will support the development of a social networking game about international politics and world affairsOctober 7, 2010 – WASHINGTON, DC – iCivics Inc. today received a grant from the...

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 00:00
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Our Chief Justice Paul Suttell, along with other Chief Justices throughout the nation, has recently committed to promote Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s innovative iCivics program.  This free, online civics...

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 00:00
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Our Courts, the online education program about the American court system started by retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, has recently broadened its mission to include civic education in general and changed its name...

Fri, 09/17/2010 - 00:00
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A series of seminars and workshops addressing critical areas of civics and law-related education for New York teachers.  iCivics presents Friday, October 15. 

Fri, 09/17/2010 - 00:00
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En su interés por acercar el conocimiento del mundo de la política y la justicia, y activar la participación, a los estudiantes, la Juez decidió poner en marcha este portal donde podemos encontrar interesantes juegos...

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 00:00
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iCivics is an incredibly rich and well designed site conceived by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has been (rightly) concerned that civics is not well-taught in our schools...

Mon, 09/13/2010 - 00:00
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iCivics lessons are practical and engaging. Individual activities are easy to manage, self-contained, and there is always something the teacher can collect from students at the end of the period.

Wed, 08/18/2010 - 00:00
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iCivics is a web-centered project designed to help students learn civics and  to be active participants in democracy.

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 17:05
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Rebecca Guterman, a 2010 graduate of Montgomery Blair High School and summer intern at FairVote, argues that Maryland counties and schools should push civics education to the next step with pre-registration of 16-...

Mon, 08/09/2010 - 00:00
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iCivics is a fabulous website that teachers students about US Government. 

Thu, 08/05/2010 - 00:00
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We suggest you explore iCivics, a beautiful new series of Flash games designed to raise civic knowledge and participation.

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 18:12
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What began as the Our Courts Project for middle-school students has now evolved into the more comprehensive iCivics, a resource for educators and parents that...

Mon, 07/19/2010 - 00:00
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Looking for another super awesome learning game for your classroom?  Filament Games does it again with Branches of Power

Mon, 06/28/2010 - 10:44
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Filament Games in Madison makes games, the kind that pull players in and vanish an hour of time in the blink of an eye. The twist with Filament, however, is that their games are educational, including a series of...

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 17:25
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These are all very difficult and complex issues, but the iCivics games do a remarkable job of making the concepts manageable and easy to understand.  

Wed, 06/23/2010 - 12:43
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June 23, 2010 – Washington, D.C.  The Harlan Institute announced a new partnership today with iCivics Inc., the nonprofit civic education program founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 00:00
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This year's Games For Change Festival unveiled a number of computer and video games that are bettering the world one click at a time.

Tue, 06/08/2010 - 16:58
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The State Bar is partnering with Retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and the Wisconsin Supreme Court to promote iCivics, Justice O’Connor’s innovative Web-based project designed to...

Tue, 06/08/2010 - 10:35
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The online role-playing games on iCivics are free, teacher-friendly, and effective–and kids like them so much in school that they play them at home, too, O’Connor said.

Fri, 05/28/2010 - 17:02
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The No Child Left Behind Act has crowded out civics learning in America's schools. It's more than memorizing the names of all the presidents, as former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor shows with her "...

Fri, 05/28/2010 - 11:51
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Former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor is the latest to call attention to the sad state of civics education in our nation's classrooms.

Thu, 05/27/2010 - 14:52
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USA Today discusses Justice O'Connor, iCivics, and the Games for Change conference.

Thu, 05/27/2010 - 10:58
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ABC's Good Morning America interviews Justice O'Connor during her visit to Democracy Prep in Harlem.

Thu, 05/27/2010 - 10:51
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Justice O'Connor's discusses iCivics at the Games for Change conference.

Tue, 05/25/2010 - 23:43
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Today’s digital world allows younger generations to engage and interact with history like never before, such as through virtual games.

Sat, 05/22/2010 - 18:54
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iCivics will be presenting at the 2010 We The People Coordinator Conference in Washington DC.  The event will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel from June 26 - 29, 2010.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 01:00
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The Tallahassee Democrat discusses how the Sandra Day O'Connor Civics Education Act will improve education in Florida schools.

Wed, 05/19/2010 - 17:19
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Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor delivers baseballs to the umpires, then visits with the Cubs broadcasters to talk about the iCivics project.

Tue, 05/18/2010 - 01:00
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Tavaana, a project of the Center for Liberty in the Middle East (CLIME), offers Iranian democrats online courses and interactive learning tools on civic leadership, democratic institutions, cyber-security and more....

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 01:00
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Editorial argues that civics education should be broader than involving students in campaigning for official state food and drink items and should engage more students.

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 01:00
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Pasco gets a head start on classes required by new law.  The school district plans to implement a seventh-grade civics class in August, putting Pasco ahead of schedule as state-mandated civics requirements are phased...

Fri, 05/14/2010 - 01:00
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Older students teach younger students about how to take civic action to help protect dolphins.

Mon, 04/26/2010 - 01:00
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Arcadia High School won a national championship Monday that tested students' knowledge of the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution.

Tue, 04/13/2010 - 15:57
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Former Justice O'Connor often points out that only 1 in 7 Americans knows that John Roberts is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, yet two-thirds of Americans can name a judge on “American Idol”. Mary Kate Cary,...

Tue, 03/30/2010 - 01:00
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An article at Serious Games Market takes an in-depth (and favorable!) look at the gameplay in Guardian of Law.

Mon, 03/29/2010 - 01:00
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John Hanke thought the old Our Courts site was "so cool, [he needed] to tell the world about it," and he did - in an article at Westlaw Insider. Wait till he sees iCivics!

Sun, 03/28/2010 - 01:00
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Eliane Alhadeff took a recent look at Do I Have a Right, Argument Wars and Supreme Decision in an article at Serious Games Market. 

Mon, 03/01/2010 - 01:00
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Sandra Day O'Connor spoke with NEA Today about why "another boring textbook" is not the answer to America's problems with civics education. Give the interview a read at the NEA website.

Tue, 02/02/2010 - 01:00
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The latest game from Our Courts lets players argue landmark Supreme Court cases. Washington DC – February 2, 2010 Our Courts’ third interactive civics game, Argument Wars, is now available at Ourcourts.org...