Education news items

Educating Our Citizens- The Biggest Challenges of 2016

JANUARY 11, 2016

The New York Times asked its readers to list the biggest challenges in 2016. On the education front, the Times selected a call for more civic education from Meredith in Massachusetts:

Alexander Heffner Interviews iCivics Executive Director Louise Dubé on The Open Mind

JULY 31, 2015

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.

Citizenship and Elementary Education- how do you teach that?

JULY 09, 2015

Citizenship and the Elementary Classroom – a seamless, perfect pair


Wall Street Journal Op-ed: Teaching Better Civics for Better Citizens (Abstract)

MAY 18, 2015

American students are alarmingly unfamiliar with the essential elements of democracy.

 

By Sandra Day O'Connor and John Glenn

(originally posted at the Wall Street Journal, May 12th, 2015 at 7:03pm EST)

 

Announcement: Ohio Civics Partnership Established

MARCH 05, 2015

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 that will focus on Ohio civics education.   The partnership, bringing together state specific civics curriculum and corresponding federal civics curriculum, is the first of its kind in the United States.  The partnership also believes the iCivics Ohio website will help to develop and engage future generations to become active participants in their communities.

5 Hacks For Your iCivics Classroom

FEBRUARY 11, 2015

iCivics provides games, lesson plans and learning resources that fulfill the broad range of civics, social studies and common core requirements.  Looking to make your iCivics Classroom more efficient this semester? Check out these iCivics Hacks by  iCivics Teacher Council Member Kim Craig!

5 Hacks For Your iCivics Classroom

FEBRUARY 11, 2015

iCivics provides games, lesson plans and learning resources that fulfill the broad range of civics, social studies and common core requirements.  Looking to make your iCivics Classroom more efficient this semester? Check out these iCivics Hacks by  iCivics Teacher Council Member Kim Craig!


The Forgotten "C"

JANUARY 08, 2015

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.  States promote this definition as the driver and indicator of success for K-12 education.  Of the states that have a definition, most of the definitions include pieces of the following elements:

Teaching Elections After Election Season

NOVEMBER 05, 2014

Now that election season is over and mass media has returned to presenting commercials about cereal instead of candidates, take the time to organize lesson plan resources that might not be available during the off-year election season.

Between the Lines: Why Civic Education Matters

OCTOBER 02, 2014

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 research reveals the majority of American students have felt bullied at some point during their K-12 experience. With these statistics, it makes sense how leaders (both inside the educational world and from other occupations), feel the need to focus time, money, and efforts on recognizing the warning signs to help prevent or rehabilitate bullying behavior.