CivXNow: iCivics Co-Hosts Democracy at a Crossroads Summit
SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
Our nation faces enormous challenges at home and overseas, yet we are deeply divided. As Americans, we have increasingly segregated ourselves into echo chambers of the like-minded. To shed light and spur action on this issue, Carnegie Corporation of New York and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation sponsored a summit on September 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. iCivics – the largest civic education provider in the country founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (U.S. Supreme Court, Ret.), the Jonathan Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools and the Lou Frey Institute are co-hosting the summit and coordinating the program.
EdNet Learning Lab: Reese Teacher Fellow at George Washington’s Mount Vernon
SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
Our educator network is comprised of a consortium of educators, teacher trainers, and curriculum developers across almost all 50 states. We like sharing the experiences of our educator network members as examples of how teachers take civic learning outside their classroom and into the broader world. Here is Teresa Osborne's (OR) account of her experience researching and developing curriculum at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
EdNet Learning Lab Teacher Summer Series: Act 1, The AP Gauntlet
SEPTEMBER 06, 2017
Our educator network is comprised of a consortium of educators, teacher trainers, and curriculum developers across almost all 50 states. We like sharing the experiences of our educator network members as examples of how teachers take civic learning outside their classroom and into the broader world. Here is part one of David Olson's (WI) "Teacher Summer Series" on professional development and teacher growth.
Civic Initiative in Santa Clara County
AUGUST 17, 2017
On August 9th, Santa Clara County leaders came together to participate in a nonpartisan county-wide discourse regarding the state of civic engagement.
2017 Baylor Fellow Summer Internship Reflection
JULY 07, 2017
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 education, helped develop and write curriculum, and worked to create more SLL (second language learner) access to the iCivics suite of games.
Meeting the Needs of EVERY iCivics Student
MAY 30, 2017
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 people solve problems around constitutional law issues. Students bring their knowledge of the outside world into a fictitious environment, and along the way become well-versed in the legal protections provided in the Bill of Rights and other amendments. An additional bonus is that it’s just fun!
Increasing Content Acquisition for Second Language Learners in Social Studies Classrooms
MAY 18, 2017
Second language learners (SLLs) are an ever increasing population in educational settings (Cruz & Thornton, 2009). While an immense amount of work, pioneered by Jim Cummins and Stephen Krashen, has focused on language acquisition among SLLs and language acquisition versus content acquisition, it is key to remember there are specific challenges and obstacles facing SLLs in social studies content (O’Brien, 2012).
Digging Deep on Presidential Responsibilities
APRIL 17, 2017
In my 8th grade Social Studies classroom, we spend half the year exploring civics, government, and politics. One of the most valuable and important parts of our exploration is making sure that students can grasp the purpose and role of each of the branches of government.
iCivics and NACo Encourage Teachers to Teach Local
APRIL 07, 2017
April is National County Government month and iCivics and the National Association of Counties (NACo) have partnered to bring local government to the classroom with the re-launch of "Counties Work"- a game that teaches about local government through playing as a county official responsible for juggling citizen requests.
Announcing: The National O'Connor Scholars
MARCH 13, 2017
iCivics and the Aspen Institute are cosponsoring the National O'Connor Scholars Program. 11th or 12th grade students interested in the work of the Supreme Court, the life of Justice O’Connor, and/or constitutional law and history; and a record of civic participation and leadership in school, community, and/or faith- based organizations are encouraged to apply.