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Civic Education Games

GoCivics Mobile Congress makes simulations fun and accessible

JANUARY 24, 2013

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 speaking and listening standards. They are specifically identified as a best practice in civic education by the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. The problem is that they are difficult for teachers to prepare, administer, and grade.  As such, many teachers forego using these powerful learning tools.

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Civic Education

Drafting Board boosts students' writing skill, independent researchers find

DECEMBER 19, 2012

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 to CIRCLE, the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement at Tufts University, Drafting Board had a "significant and positive effect on essay scores" for  students whose classes were randomly assigned to the tool compared with those who learned using existing methods.

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Civic Education Games

iCivics Makes Jury Duty Fun With Launch of We the Jury Game

DECEMBER 11, 2012

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 duties of American citizenship. Yet when most Americans see that summons come in the mail, their first thought is “How can I get out of jury duty?” It’s a staple of sitcoms and comedy routines. When Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer appeared to serve jury duty, national newspapers treated performing this basic duty of citizenship as something remarkable.

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Civic Education

iCivics Launches Drafting Board, Innovative Common Core-Aligned Writing Tool

NOVEMBER 29, 2012

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, Drafting Board.

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Civics Takes Seattle By Storm

NOVEMBER 19, 2012

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 naturalization ceremony followed by a Q&A session with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Gerda Weissman Klein on the importance of citizenship.

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Civic Education

A Philadelphia Story

NOVEMBER 19, 2012

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. Check out the full story here.

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Time to Restore Civic Learning

OCTOBER 19, 2012

The San Francisco Chronicle has published on op-ed by Justice O'Connor on the importance of civic learning. She observes: "We need intelligent and engaged citizens. This country faces daunting economic and policy challenges. In discussing those challenges, we often hear politicians speak of the burdens on our children and on our children's children.

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Civic Education Justice O'Connor

Time to Restore Civic Learning

OCTOBER 19, 2012

The San Francisco Chronicle published an op-ed on the importance of restoring civic learning by Justice O'Connor. She observes:  "We need intelligent and engaged citizens. This country faces daunting economic and policy challenges. In discussing those challenges, we often hear politicians speak of the burdens on our children and on our children's children.

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Civic Education Justice O'Connor

Time to Restore Civic Learning

OCTOBER 19, 2012

The San Francisco Chronicle has published a piece by Justice O'Connor on the importance of civic learning. She observes: "We need intelligent and engaged citizens. This country faces daunting economic and policy challenges. In discussing those challenges, we often hear politicians speak of the burdens on our children and on our children's children.

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Justice O'Connor: Parade Magazine Cover Story

OCTOBER 03, 2012

Parade Magazine featured a cover story and interview with Justice O'Connor. She discussed a wide range of topics, including her time growing up on the Lazy B Ranch, what happened the first time her father met her future husband, becoming the first woman on the Supreme Court, and why fighting for better civic education is the most important thing she's ever done.

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