Education news items

Justice O'Connor Welcomes Civic Educators Back to School

SEPTEMBER 08, 2011

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 public service in all three branches of government.

Sitting in your classrooms right now might very well be a future Supreme Court Justice, Senator, or mayor -- or perhaps a future PTA president, Little League coach, or other civic leader. One thing is certain: all of them are citizens and future voters. And that puts the future of our nation in your hands.

Celebrate Constitution Day with iCivics

AUGUST 24, 2011

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 games and lesson plans from iCivics:

Video: iCivics in KidPower, a DC summer program

AUGUST 09, 2011

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 iCivics, O’Connor has added gamer to her distinguished resume.

iCivics Congratulates the Winners of Globaloria Game Design Competitions in West Virginia

JULY 06, 2011

Globaloria, the social learning network teaching students to make educational webgames, has been hosting the nation’s first and largest game-design competitions since 2009. Honorary Chairs of the competitions included Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and US Senator Jay Rockefeller. Students on the winning teams won a Game Designer Kit (Laptop and Flash software) to support their computational creativity for years to come.

Justice O'Connor and iCivics in Newsweek

JULY 04, 2011

...So O'Connor, 81, launched iCivics, a nonprofit organization that aims to enrich students' understanding of American history, laws, and government. While O'Connor confesses she's "not an expert" in technology (she still writes everything out by hand), she has often displayed a unique talent for finding ways to channel public opinion.

How to Reboot Civics Education

JULY 02, 2011

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 be: Take advanced science and math classes, but don’t worry about those civics classes. In a time of texts and tweets, and the instant democracy of the Web, civics instruction seems as antiquated to some students as studying the Dewey Decimal system...

Florida DOE releases guidance on mandated civics course, assessment

JUNE 17, 2011

The Florida Department of Education has just released a memo answering Frequently-Asked Questions about the Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Civics Education Act.

iCivics Will Offer "Argumentation Modules" to Advance Literacy and Critical Thinking

JUNE 14, 2011

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.

Sandra Day O'Connor Gives Modern Civics Lesson

APRIL 14, 2011

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 woman who broke a few of her own.

Gamification at AMD's Game On! Texas 2011

APRIL 13, 2011

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 “Gamification” of education and how the power of gaming can be harnessed by schools and businesses.