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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).

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Digging Deep on Presidential Responsibilities

Apr 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.

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Breaking It Down: Civic Ed Research

Mar 03, 2017

Christina Wiley, a virtual intern at iCivics, reflects on civic education research.

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Social Media, Social justice and Civics

Feb 17, 2017

Louise Dubé, Executive Director at iCivics, reflects after speaking on a panel at the LearnLaunch conference in Boston.

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Gamify This: Improving Local Civic Participation

Dec 23, 2016

Louise Dubé, Executive Director at iCivics, shares her thoughts on iCivics' use of games in teaching civics and improving local civic participation.

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Engaging Networks Through Social Media Content

Nov 30, 2016

A conversation with iCivics Digital Media Manager about the importance of social media in the education space.

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What Does "Informed Citizen" Mean Right Now

Nov 22, 2016

Louise Dubé, Executive Director at iCivics, reflects on the recent election and the job of the informed citizen.

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How iCivics got to be Successful… (the 4Ps of Success)

Nov 07, 2016

Louise Dubé, Executive Director at iCivics, shares how iCivics reached its success.

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Teaching the Election Blog Post No. 3: The Ugly

Nov 01, 2016

This Election season, BrainPOP! and iCivics have teamed up to bring you exciting and relevant ideas and resources for teaching about this nation-wide teachable moment in both deep and interactive ways. Here is the third and final installment of our Teaching the Election blog series: The Ugly.

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Why Civics Needs a Spotlight Right Now

Oct 19, 2016

Louise Debé, Executive Director at iCivics, and Susan Griffin, former Executive Director of NCSS, reflect on the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act and the role iCivics can play in meeting those guidelines in the classroom.

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