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Justice O'Connor Makes 2017 TIME 100 List

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:05


Digging Deep on Presidential Responsibilities

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 07:36

Layering lessons and resources for effective learning!


Announcing: The National O'Connor Scholars

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:56

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.  

iCivics Executive Director Louise Dubé Up for DVF People's Voice Award

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 15:13

A vote for Louise is a vote for iCivics!



Breaking It Down: Civic Ed Research

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:04

Research: the word heard ‘round the world by college freshmen. When I began my first year at the University of Florida (UF), it seemed that everyone who was anyone was doing research. In fact, my first course syllabi were filled with research proposals, papers, and panels with experienced undergraduate researchers.

iCivics and Newsela Partner For Media Literacy

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 12:42

The Presidency, the Press and Protests: A Partner Webinar 

Social Media, Social justice and Civics

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:12

How civics must stay relevant in a changing democracy


Press Release: Sandra Day O’Connor’s iCivics Provides Free Resources to Help Students Analyze the President’s First 100 Days

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:14


— Updated game, new lesson plans, infographic help students understand and analyze the presidential transition of power —

Announcement: iCivics Holiday Card Winner(s)

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 10:09
We are thrilled to announce the three winners of our first Holiday Card Design Contest!

Our first winning design was created by Isa Soriano, who is in 8th grade at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School in Phoenix, AZ:

Engaging Networks Through Social Media Content

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:42

An Interview with Amber Coleman-Mortley

iCivics Digital Media Manager

iCivics Featured in Wall Street Journal

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 17:24




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

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 12:06

Sometimes, I run into people who have not heard about iCivics. I tell them that about half of middle school social studies teachers in the U.S. use us.  They are generally impressed with our reach.  Frankly, when I took over as Executive Director 2 years ago, I was impressed myself.  

Teaching the Election Blog Post No. 3: The Ugly

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 17:37

Teaching the Election: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

A Fall Blog Series Featuring BrainPOP and iCivics: 

Civic Education on Talk Radio This Week

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 10:53

As the election draws near, there has been an expressed interest in how we might improve civic knowledge, civic participation, and civic education in the United States.  Here are two great radio interviews with the leadership from Teaching for Democracy Alliance members, iCivics and CIRCLE. 

Why Civics Needs a Spotlight Right Now

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 17:08

Louise Dubé, Executive Director iCivics

Susan Griffin, former Executive Director NCSS

U.S. Department of Education Secretary John King on Civic Education

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 13:40

U.S. Department of Education Secretary John King delivered remarks to the National Press Club in Washington, DC. at 1pm.

Calling All Student Artist! iCivics Holiday Card Competition

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 06:49

The holiday season is right around the corner, and iCivics is looking for student artwork to include in this year's holiday cards! Artwork should reflect the student’s perspective on peace and civic engagement. The winner will have their art displayed on our printed and electronic holiday cards.


How Can We Make Civic Education Fun?

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 12:44

A Conversation Between Carrie Ray-Hill, Director of Content at iCivics and Gloria Li, UF | Bob Graham Center Intern



Teaching the Election Blog Post No. 2: The Bad

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 06:57



Teaching the Election: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

A Fall Blog Series Featuring BrainPOP and iCivics: 

Justice Sotomayor Honored at the 29th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 12:56

iCivics Board Member, Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, was honored with the Leadership Award at the 29th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards.  The Hispanic Heritage Awards is a celebration to honor those celebrities, community activists, innovators, business leaders, and others who contribute to the enrichment of American culture while celebrating the richness of their Hispanic heritage. 



Fast Forward Women Leadership Forum

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 13:12
Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 500 people attended the  FastForward Women's Leadership Forum, co-hosted by iCivics and Seneca Women at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was an evening of amazing conversations about women, power, and purpose, featuring remarks from fashion icon and philanthropist, Diane von Furstenberg, as well as Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of U.N. Women.


Teaching the Election Blog Post No. 1: The Good

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 16:37

Teaching the Election: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

A Fall Blog Series Featuring BrainPOP and iCivics

iCivics Welcomes New Board Members

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 13:22

This month, iCivics is thrilled to announce two notable additions to our Governing Board: Mr. Jay O’Connor and Mr. Tom Lue, Esq. Both are invested in our mission to provide free and high-quality civic education resources to teachers and students. And both bring with them significant expertise from the technology and legal fields, sure to enrich our organization.


2016 – Our election, Race and Educational Reform or Why We Need Institutions

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 13:07

If you want to talk about education reform, you will find a lot of statistics about poor performance and theories on how to tackle it.  So far, easy.  There is still much controversy about how to fix the problems but most agree that the biggest problem is addressing educational achievement for poor students.

LearnLaunch Welcome Reception for iCivics on May 4!

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:26

Are you passionate about edtech and civic engagement? LearnLaunch and iCivics are teaming up to bring the edtech community together at iCivics' new location in Inman Sq, Cambridge. Join us for games, appetizers, drinks, and conversation about how to use edtech tools like gaming to engage youth! 


iCivics in the New York Times

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 20:57

iCivics was in the New York Times!  Highlighting the various strides iCivics has taken to become the reputable, nonpartisan classroom resource it is today; Times reporter Natasha Singer sits down with Justice O'Connor to talk about the importance of engaging civic tools that meet students where they are.

Read the full article: 

Twelve Scores and One Day Later…

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 18:10

 Super Tuesday and the meaning of democracy

Twelve states later and while we don’t know the nominees, the outline is shaped.  Perhaps it is time a good time to ask: What is the meaning of democracy and how does the primary process reflect our values?

In this primary, voters had real choices spanning very different approaches to government policy and style.  

Educating Our Citizens- The Biggest Challenges of 2016

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 12:22

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:

Constitution Day Twitter Party Recap

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 12:51
Have you ever gone home from school on Monday already exhausted and wondering how you will get through the week? May I suggest participating in the #sschat that takes place weekly on Mondays 7pm (EST) as a way to recharge your battery.

iCivics Welcomes Dr. Kelly Leahy Whitney to the Team

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 12:18

Kelly Whitney Profile PictureWe are pleased to announce Kelly Leahy Whitney, the newest member of the iCivics team.  Kelly joins us from PBS Learning where she was the Director of Curriculum.


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

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:16

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.

JSADIHAR15 Recap: Gaming, Competing, Learning

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 13:37

The Junior State of America (JSA), iCivics, the education nonprofit founded by Sandra Day O’Connor to create engaging video games and digital curricula to teach kids civics, and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation hosted first-of-its-kind, civic education video game contest on July 13, 2015 at Georgetown University.


GLS11 Recap

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:17


MACEI Award Grantee Convening Recap

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 12:14


MACEI Grantees Group Photo

Image credit: MacArthur Foundation



Citizenship and Elementary Education- how do you teach that?

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 11:55

Citizenship and the Elementary Classroom – a seamless, perfect pair

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

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:14

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)


Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Responds to NAEP Findings

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 13:53

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released the 2014 eighth grade U.S. history, geography and civics tests information today.  The report uncovered very minimal improvement in scores assessed four years ago in 2010.  In light of these developments, Justice O'Connor responded: 


Game On: New Frontiers in Digital Learning

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:49

The Importance of Digital Games in the Edspace


Announcement: Sandra Day O'Connor Legacy Fund

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 18:03

We are excited to announce the establishment of the Sandra Day O'Connor Legacy Fund.   The fund was established to continue the work of our founder, Sandra Day O'Connor and her work in civic education.


Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Honored For Her Work in Civic Education

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 16:18

iCivics founder, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was honored for her advocacy work for civic education, as well as her impact on female judges and justice for women and girls worldwide at the inaugural Seneca Women Global Leadership Forum on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  The event was held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts with 300 distinguished guests in attendance.  The event included a panel discussion about women judges and the rule of law.


Tribute Event with Seneca Women April 15th

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 12:46

SDO Tribute Seneca Women


Announcement: Ohio Civics Partnership Established

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 13:01

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.

Close Up Tweet Up Recap: A Democratized Civic Learning Experience

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:22

Close Up DC Students in circleHow do you get students involved with civic topics and concepts in a deep and engaging way beyond classroom rhetoric?  One method is mock congress and debate.


Robert Henry Joins iCivics Board of Directors

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:44

Robert HenryToday, we are excited to announce the appointment of Robert Henry to the iCivics Board of Directors.  Having served in each branch of government- Oklahoma House of Representatives (1976-86); Attorney General of Oklahoma (1986, 1990); U.S.


5 Hacks For Your iCivics Classroom

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:58

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

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:58

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!

2015 MACEI Award

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:05

We are pleased to announce that iCivics is one of nine nonprofit organizations around the world to receive the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The Award, which was announced today, recognizes exceptional nonprofit organizations who have demonstrated creativity and impact, and invests in their long-term sustainability with sizable one-time grants.  The magnitude of such an honor comes in part because the MacArthur Foundation does not seek or accept nominations but rather chooses the awardees itself. 


The Forgotten "C"

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 12:22

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:

iCivics 2014 Annual Report Available

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 13:13

Lifetime Meaningful PlaysThis December, iCivics is thrilled to release our 2014 Annual Report.  

Highlights include:


Bring Back The Arcade!

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 15:25
The Smithsonian Art Museum and Renwick Gallery turned it's courtyard into the largest arcade of throwbacks and newly innovated games that would mesmerize the wildest teenage imagination from 1970 to the present.  The lure of nostalgia and

iCivics NCSS Recap

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:00


Teaching Elections After Election Season

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:41

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 2015 off-year election season.  There are a variety of ways to introduce students to election campaign materials within a compare and contrast format while also allowing them to show their creative side.

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter Joins iCivics Board of Directors

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 13:09

Bonnie McElveen-HunterToday, we are excited to announce the appointment of Bonnie McElveen-Hunter to the iCivics Board of Directors. A leader in the business and philanthropic communities, Bonnie brings to iCivics her passion for civic education and her strong business acumen.


Quantifying the Impact: An interview with Dan Norton

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:36

iCivics Teacher Council Member Joe Schmidt interviewed Dan Norton a founding partner and CCO at Filament Games who specializes in crafting educational game design iCivics Visits Filamentdocuments and storyboards that originate from learning objectives. Here is their conversation on game based learning:


Between the Lines: Why Civic Education Matters

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:36

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.

Joyce Pilot Recap

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:31

As a member of the iCivics pilot program for teachers in Indianapolis, I was honored to be asked to share not only my experience as an attendee of the institute, but also how my attendance affected how I taught civics the next few months.  This article provides some insight on my experience.

Everyday is Constitution Day!

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:08

As a constitutionalist I think that every day is Constitution Day so when Congress mandated that we all celebrate the Constitution on one specific day I thought it was ridiculous, how can they minimize the importance of the Constitution to just one day a year? Then I thought I should be able to leverage this.  For young people (or adults) who are unaware, maybe this is a door for them.

Celebrate Constitution Day with iCivics

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:37

Constitution SignaturesThis is my eleventh year of teaching and my principal always makes sure that all the social studies teachers at my school cover something about the Constitution on September 17th.

The Pursuit of Civic Classroom Happiness

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 13:01

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  Thomas Jefferson

Fighting For Our Future Citizens

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:57

"If men expect to be ignorant and free, they expect what never was and never will be."  Thomas Jefferson.  These immortal words by the inspired writer of the Declaration of Independence set the tone for civic involvement in the newly created United States of America.  And for many years, commitment to public service was practiced with zeal and sacrifice for the betterment of a society that had disconnected itself from the Old World to begin a new adventure in citizen participation.

Keeping High School Seniors Focused with Gaming

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:00

There is a phenomenon with my afternoon classes.  Although class demographics are the same as in the morning, high school seniors who take Government in the afternoon tend to be less motivated, have lower grades, and don’t learn the material as well.  In addition to normal classroom challenges, we also fight food comas, exhaustion, and the ever-present and always fun "Senioritis".  Maybe not completely their fault, but these  students seem a bit disinterested in learning.


iCivics Teacher Council: More Than Expected

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:59

Before leaving for iCivics training mid July, I assumed that the highlight of the trip would be meeting Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice. Upon returning from iCivics training, I’ve realized the true highlight was being able to meet and collaborate with twenty-two other motivated, creative, intelligent teachers who are the iCivics Teachers Council.

Investing in Game Assessment

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:55

iCivics Student Game Assessment


Increase Engagement Through Game Based Learning: One Teacher’s Take on iCivics in Their Classroom

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:34

Are you a new teacher?  Are you an experienced teacher trying to use more technology in your classroom?  Are you a teacher looking for a new lesson plan?  Do you have students that would rather play games on their smartphone then turn in their homework?  If you are any of the above, then iCivics is the platform that will have your students playing educational games at night and during weekends.  I’ve witnessed firsthand how connecting students to iCivics gets them more engaged in the classroom.


Happy New School Year! An 8th Grade Teacher's Take on Customizing iCivics for Your Class

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:46

As part of my curriculum in teaching 8th grade social studies, I am required to teach a quarter of government. I would often find myself struggling to make that quarter interesting and relatable to my students. The iCivics website changed everything in my classroom.  I felt comfortable using iCivics because iCivics lessons are aligned with state and Common Core standards.  You may think that yes, the iCivics website is just another tool for your tool belt, but the website is more than just a tool- it's an engaging experience.

Advocacy for Civic Education: A Statistical Cry For Help

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:53

We’ve all seen the statistics…The Nation’s Report Card (NAEP) has consistently revealed that students, K-12, are not proficient in civics and government.  As of 2006, only 27% of 12th graders were proficient in civics and government.  The statistics for adults don’t get any better.  A study conducted by the American Bar Association (2005) revealed that less than half of American adults could identify the three branches of government and only 57% could identify even one Supr

Meet Tyler Ellis, Baylor Teaching Fellow

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:09

During the month of June, iCivics welcomed Baylor Teaching Fellow, Tyler Ellis an Ed D candidate at Baylor University and 6th grade reading teacher at Rapoport Academy (Waco, TX).  Tyler spent his time with the curriculum team working on DB Quest, Drafting Board 2.0 and other parts of the iCivics curriculum.  As an educator, Tyler is part of a long tradition of teachers.  He doesn’t take this responsibility lightly and finds teaching to be challenging, enjoyable and a natural fit for his personality.

iCivics Welcomes the Teachers Council

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:38

iCivics welcomes our Teachers Council members to Washington, DC today. The purpose of this mini conference? Train our new council on a new mission centered around service. “Our goal is to have an action plan for serving teachers this fall”, says Erin Braun, Outreach Director. With the overall shift from recruitment to service, the Teachers Council of twenty has a big job of effectively supporting the iCivics user base of 40,000 active teachers.


iCivics Welcomes Executive Director Louise Dubé

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:15

Today, we are excited to announce the appointment of Louise Dubé as Executive Director. A leader in the education technology industry, Louise brings over 20 years of experience in learning design, product development, marketing and distribution strategy to iCivics. Louise will succeed co-founder and former Executive Director Jeff Curley, who is returning to graduate school and will join the iCivics advisory board.


Finding Meaning in Measurement: iCivics, Filament and GlassLab Equal Awesome!

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:14

We are excited to announce our partnership with GlassLab!  Along with developer Filament, iCivics becomes the first to utilize the new "GlassLab Game Services", a suite of technology and services GlassLab provides. The goal is to help game developers improve the transparency of the learning impact of their games, while seamlessly placing that information into the hands of teachers and students.


Wall Street Journal Op-Ed "Founding Principles in the Digital Age"

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:09

Today the Wall Street Journal released an op-ed from Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Executive Director Jeff Curley highlighting the tension between "old and new".  "Learning can happen anytime, anywhere..." (Justice O'Connor, WSJ 4/22/14) and technology provides avenues to solidify each student's understanding of foundational documents.  

College Board Makes Changes to SAT Test

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:14


Subject: College Board changing the SAT Exam

On March 5th, the College Board announced that it will be redesigning the SAT® exam in 2016. Among the changes, the exam will now include civics-based reading and writing passages.

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, our founder and Board Chair, spoke with the College Board about this exciting announcement.

Our Annual Report

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:43

2013 was a banner year for iCivics. As we close out our fiscal year, this Annual Report provides an opportunity to reflect on where we have been, where we are today, and the work ahead.  

Introducing our new site

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 22:52

When we launched iCivics.org in May 2010, no one imagined that three years later we would be serving 40,000 teachers and six million students. But here we are, and thanks to you, iCivics is now the most widely adopted civics curriculum in the country! 

Civic Literacy and Changing the Meaning of Pi

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 14:55

Civic Literacy and Changing the Meaning of Pi

In late 19th century Indiana, the legislature tried to pass a bill that would change the meaning of Pi to 3.2.

For the sake of our social science audience I won’t get into the math, but basically, a gentleman who “proved” the theory, and copyrighted it, generously offered to allow Indiana to use his method for free if they adopted his mathematical gift as law.

Justice O’Connor Video Thanks Teachers

Wed, 05/22/2013 - 10:34

iCivics Teachers,

Back in December, we asked you for feedback and comments on your iCivics experience to share with Justice O'Connor. 

Justice O'Connor was overwhelmed by your response! We received incredibly helpful insights into how we can improve the lesson plans, what you like (and don't like) about the games, and directions you might like to see iCivics explore. 

Goodbye Crisis of Nations

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 12:42

Hey there educators! You may have noticed that Crisis of Nations is no longer listed on our games page. The team here at iCivics have received many instances of feedback through our help desk reporting usability challenges with Crisis of Nations.


Sandra Day O’Connor: First Woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 13:48

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (ret.) was born on this date, March 26th in 1930. She went on to become the first woman to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court! Today there are three women that hold the title ‘U.S. Supreme Court Justice’ - can you name all three*?

Commercial digital games move into the classroom

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 16:15

Last Tuesday SimCity just got a little easier to implement into your classroom.


Justice O'Connor discusses civic education on 'Morning Joe'

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 11:45

While discussing her new book, Out of Order, Justice O'Connor also spread the word about iCivics with help from the Morning Joe crew:

iCivics celebrates President’s Day

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:45

Ah President’s day. According to the federal government the holiday is meant to commemorate George Washington’s birthday. Yet the day has come to honor the office of the presidency, not just our first president. No surprise here, but we’re all about using digital resources to teach and get your students excited about civic knowledge. So we’ve picked out our favorites to help you celebrate our nation’s leaders in your classroom.


iCivics to retire student comment boards

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 17:04

The team here at iCivics thoroughly enjoys receiving feedback from the educators and students who use our resources. We appreciate those who take the time to offer suggestions on how to improve the activities we offer. And nothing brightens our day more than hearing first-hand accounts that our games, lesson plans, and other activities are being well received in the classroom!


GoCivics Mobile Congress makes simulations fun and accessible

Thu, 01/24/2013 - 15:26

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.

Drafting Board boosts students' writing skill, independent researchers find

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 17:08

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.

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

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 10:14

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.

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

Thu, 11/29/2012 - 10:32

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.

Civics Takes Seattle By Storm

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 12:04

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.

A Philadelphia Story

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 11:30

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.

Time to Restore Civic Learning

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 16:59

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.

Time to Restore Civic Learning

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 12:52

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.

Time to Restore Civic Learning

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 12:30

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.

Justice O'Connor: Parade Magazine Cover Story

Wed, 10/03/2012 - 10:08

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.

Exciting New Partnership for iCivics with EverFi!

Wed, 09/26/2012 - 09:51

iCivics has just begun an exciting new partnership with EverFi, a leading education technology company focused on critical skills. EverFi recognizes that civic knowledge is certainly a critical skill for 21st Century learners, and iCivics is the first and leading provider in its brand-new Commons-Digital Town Square.

Justice O'Connor Faces the Nation

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 11:12

Justice O'Connor, iCivics founder and Board Chair, spoke with Bob Schieffer on CBS's Face the Nation about civics, life as a cowgirl, and more.

Justice O'Connor Takes Civics to the Senate

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 14:23

Justice O'Connor testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about the importance of civic learning and its role in ensuring judicial independence. Two of the three coordinate branches coordinated as she fielded questions from senators about a range of topics including her dedication to iCivics.

CNN: Sandra Day O'Connor Champions Civic Education

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:23

During Justice O'Connor's recent trip to Atlanta, Georgia to speak at the annual meeting of the Education Commission of the States, CNN caught up with her to get some inside scoop on iCivics.

Check out this CNN interview with Justice O'Connor about her passion for civic learning and iCivics!


CNN interviews Justice O'Connor

Justice O'Connor Headlines at National Association of Counties Conference

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:16

Justice O’Connor made a splash in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this weekend at the 77th annual conference of the National Association of Counties. The justice keynoted the opening session, speaking to more than 1,500 county officials from around the country about the importance of civic learning.


Justice O’Connor, while noting that she is an unlikely ambassador for technology, observed that now more than ever our world is connected through technology and iCivics harnesses it to reach and engage youth.


iCivics in the Sunshine State

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 09:25

Florida is implementing a new state-wide assessment in civics. Check out this story from the Tampa Bay Tribune about how iCivics is already helping students and teachers prepare and get excited about civic learning.

iCivics Partner Filament Games Wins Competitive Education Grants

Thu, 06/28/2012 - 13:58

Filament Games Wins Competitive Department of Education SBIR Grants

Partnership with iCivics Will Develop Innovative Civic Learning Tools


iCivics: Effective and Engaging

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 10:48

“Because of iCivics, I’ve now got 500 children who are interested in their future in this country, who are interested in learning.” These are the words of an educator in Texas. This past year, iCivics formed the basis of a rigorous study in the Waco ISD school system.

iCivics in central Texas (video)

Thu, 05/31/2012 - 10:47

(April 30, 2012) iCivics and Justice O'Connor were back in Texas once again, this time to see the iCivics curriculum in action in Waco, Texas. Baylor University has worked closely with Waco and Midway Independent School Districts to bring iCivics to students throughout Waco. Justice O'Connor, Baylor's student volunteers, teachers, and most importantly the middle school students had a great time.

iCivics is Partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America!

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:51

This past weekend, Justice O'Connor spoke at the Boys & Girls Club of America's national conference and made a very exciting announcement: iCivics is partnering with BGCA! We'll be working together to provide top-quality civics education materials for Clubs around the country as part of their character and citizenship programs.

Civic Engagement in the Digital Age

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 09:34

The Education Commission for the States released an interesting report on how civic engagement is changing as the first generation of digital natives comes of age. Those who have grown up without knowing a world before cell phones or the internet have a different view of civic engagement. According to the report, many kids today don't see civic action or engagement as a responsibility, but rather a form of self-expression. Interesting reading and iCivics is listed as a resource!

Sandra Day O'Connor Promotes Civics Education: Los Angeles Times

Wed, 12/28/2011 - 13:16

During a recent trip to Los Angeles, [Justice O'Connor] talked up iCivics, an expanding online program aimed at middle school students.

The free curriculum includes lesson plans and games that are linked to subjects and skills that various states require students to master. The program also promotes public service projects.


Gaming Goes to College

Wed, 11/30/2011 - 10:44

As we here at iCivics know, video gaming is about a lot more than just pressing buttons while sitting in front of the screen.  Games can and are powerful teaching tools.  According to "Colleges' Latest Thrust in Learning: Video Games" in USA Today, games are making their way out of dorm rooms and into classrooms. Professors are introducing games in classes ranging from engineering to forensic investigation to medicine.


Washington state’s TVW station has featured iCivics!

Wed, 11/23/2011 - 10:59

Engaged: Students Becoming Citizens put together a segment that has commentary from Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst and Seattle law professor Margaret Fischer about iCivics and the importance of civic education.  The show also gets up close with a middle school student who walks the audience through the ins and outs of Do I Have Right?.

New Game: Run For President at Any Age!

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 10:22

Now you can run for president … in your classroom or at home! iCivics has just launched our newest game: Win the White HouseLearn the ins and outs of the electoral process as you take on the role of a presidential candidate. This engaging and educational game allows you to manage your very own campaign from primary season to Election Day.


Southern Exposure

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:27

The weather here at iCivics HQ has started to turn chilly, but we've had the opportunity to get a peek of how people are taking to our games in slightly warmer climes.  We just returned from a great trip to Texas where we met the wonderful students and teachers of Jefferson Middle School.  Justice O'Connor and Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson were in attendance to chat with students and see them show off their iCivics prowess and civic knowledge.

Scholars Put Civics in Same Category as Literacy, Math

Mon, 10/24/2011 - 13:44

College-ready, career-ready … and citizenship-ready? Ten papersreleased by the American Enterprise Institute last week make the case that civics education is as critical as literacy and mathematics. They also explore what civics education should look like, how teachers can be prepared to create educated citizens, and future challenges and opportunities in the field.

Justice O'Connor Headlines Chicago Ideas Week Educational Reform Panel

Mon, 10/17/2011 - 15:08

After more than 24 years in the U.S. Supreme Court, former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor now strives to make civics and government more interesting for young children than it was for her growing up in El Paso, Texas.

Justice O'Connor Welcomes Civic Educators Back to School

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:07

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

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 14:51

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

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 17:21

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.

NACM presents first O'Connor Award to SC Chief Justice Toal

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 21:03

June 11, 2011 - Justice Sandra Day O'Connor presented to South Carolina Chief Justice Jean Toal the first-ever Award for the Advancement of Civics Education given by the National Association for Court Management. "Chief Justice Jean Toal has been a life-long advocate for civil rights and civic education," Justice O'Connor noted. "It is clear to me, as it is clear to Chief Justice Toal, that civic education is fundamental for educating the leaders of tomorrow. Chief Justice Toal recognizes this need and is taking great strides to improve students’ understanding of our courts. She continues to be an innovative Chief Justice, an example of expertise, inspiration, and leading by example."

(Full remarks after the break)

Teens Against Domestic Abuse is first winner of the iCivics Impact Grant

Wed, 07/06/2011 - 17:01

The ultimate measure of civic education’s success is whether young people become active participants in democracy and civic society. On April 1, 2011, iCivics launched a bold experiment to bridge from our online civics games to offline civic engagement: Impact Projects. Through Impact Projects, people who play iCivics games earn points that they can spend on voting for one of a slate of youth-led projects, selected by project partner Ashoka Youth Venture. The top vote-getter of each period wins a $1,000 cash grant from iCivics.

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

Wed, 07/06/2011 - 12:41

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

Mon, 07/04/2011 - 10:25

...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

Sat, 07/02/2011 - 08:53

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

Fri, 06/17/2011 - 17:04

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

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 10:01

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

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 00:00

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

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 00:00

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.

iCivics Hosts "Educating for Democracy in a Digital Age"

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 18:52

Sandra Day O'Connor and Arne Duncan to Keynote ConferenceWashington, DC, March 23 – iCivics, in partnership with the Aspen Institute, the MacArthur Foundation, and Georgetown Law, will host a major conference on civic education and engagement, “Educating for Democracy in a Digital Age.” Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be the keynote speakers.

Mr. Obama, tear down this wall!

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 00:00

Now five years into a productive retirement, O’Connor is devoting her life to teaching American youth about the United States government. 

iCivics named to ALSC's Great Websites for Kids

Wed, 01/19/2011 - 19:21

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has added more recommended websites to Great Web Sites for Kids

Mayor's Education Task Force Lists Reforms

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 00:00

Fulfilling a campaign promise to make education a city government priority, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland joined members of her hand-chosen task force this week to unveil an initial round of recommendations aimed at improving the city’s public education system.

If we can require driver's ed, why not voters' ed?

Mon, 12/27/2010 - 22:43

Some in public life are taking positive steps to correct this. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is active as ever in her post-jurist days promoting iCivics, an interactive project to engage students with free digital “civic games” rooted in the democratic process.

Gaming for Good

Mon, 12/27/2010 - 00:00

If you’re like many Americans, you spent part of your Christmas holiday playing with your Wii, Xbox360, PlayStation 3, or Nintendo—or know someone who did. 

State Government Leaders Help Teachers Bring Civics into the Classroom

Mon, 12/06/2010 - 16:13

Teachers from around Oregon learned about some new ways — and relearned some old ways — to educate students about how state government works.

Democracy Works Best When People Understand It

Mon, 11/08/2010 - 15:00

iCivics is ingenious. It uses computer games to engage students in problem-solving in which the student "wins" by mastering knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and essential foundational principles of our nation.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, education leaders, and NYC students visit United Nations

Tue, 11/02/2010 - 10:01

Event marked the launch of the Virtue Foundation / iCivics Digital Storytelling Initiative November 2, 2010 – WASHINGTON, DC – On U.S. Election Day, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor visited with NYC students and education leaders at the United Nations to discuss the importance of civic engagement in the 21st Century.  Justice O’Connor spoke about iCivics Inc., a non-profit organization she founded to reinvigorate civic teaching and learning.

Whitehorse Students Learn about Elections

Mon, 11/01/2010 - 00:00

No matter how the elections go Tuesday, eighth-graders at Whitehorse Middle School learned something about the process that they are not likely to forget.

Teaching the New Generation Why They're Americans

Mon, 10/25/2010 - 00:00

Since retiring from the Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has been on a mission to overcome the ignorance of far too many students in our schools of the roots of their liberties in American history.

Supremely Fun

Fri, 10/22/2010 - 11:34

On Friday, September 17, Americans celebrate the signing of the law of the land on that day in 1787. But you knew that, right? If not, Sandra Day O’Connor, a former Supreme Court justice, has the Web site for you. 

iCivics Celebrates Gaming Milestone

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 12:47

More than one million iCivics games have been played by students across the countryOctober 21, 2010 – WASHINGTON, DC – iCivics announced today that, in just over a year, more than one million iCivics.org games have been played by students in all 50 states and Washington DC. iCivics.org, founded by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, hosts free games and other interactive activities that approach civics content through problems that affect students’ lives.

Sandra Day O'Connor on Life After the Court

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:33

Well, we are at the Stuart-Hobson Middle School, a public school in the District of Columbia located just a couple of blocks from your old stomping grounds, the United States Supreme Court.

iCivics Awarded Grant from the ESA Foundation

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:07

Grant will support the development of a social networking game about international politics and world affairsOctober 7, 2010 – WASHINGTON, DC – iCivics Inc. today received a grant from the ESA Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the U.S. computer and video game industry. The grant will enable iCivics to develop the project’s first Facebook-based game, Diplomat. In Diplomat, players will simulate international negotiations and learn about global political interactions.

RI Attorneys Volunteer for Schools, Kids

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 00:00

Our Chief Justice Paul Suttell, along with other Chief Justices throughout the nation, has recently committed to promote Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s innovative iCivics program.  This free, online civics education resource includes games, lesson plans and interactive activities.

Don't Fight Civics, Enjoy It

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 00:00

Our Courts, the online education program about the American court system started by retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, has recently broadened its mission to include civic education in general and changed its name to iCivics.

2010 Civics & Law-Related Education Conference

Fri, 09/17/2010 - 00:00

A series of seminars and workshops addressing critical areas of civics and law-related education for New York teachers.  iCivics presents Friday, October 15. 


Fri, 09/17/2010 - 00:00

En su interés por acercar el conocimiento del mundo de la política y la justicia, y activar la participación, a los estudiantes, la Juez decidió poner en marcha este portal donde podemos encontrar interesantes juegos que nos acercan a cualquiera de los tres poderes.

iCivics by SpeechTechie

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 00:00

iCivics is an incredibly rich and well designed site conceived by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has been (rightly) concerned that civics is not well-taught in our schools because teachers lack effective materials (um, and time, Your Honor).

iCivics: Interactive Civics Education, 6 - 12

Mon, 09/13/2010 - 00:00

iCivics lessons are practical and engaging. Individual activities are easy to manage, self-contained, and there is always something the teacher can collect from students at the end of the period.

Catch of the Day - iCivics

Wed, 08/18/2010 - 00:00

iCivics is a web-centered project designed to help students learn civics and  to be active participants in democracy.

Start the Voting Habit Early

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 17:05

Rebecca Guterman, a 2010 graduate of Montgomery Blair High School and summer intern at FairVote, argues that Maryland counties and schools should push civics education to the next step with pre-registration of 16-year-olds.

Technology Rocks. Seriously.

Mon, 08/09/2010 - 00:00

iCivics is a fabulous website that teachers students about US Government. 

Games + Government = Engaged Citizens

Thu, 08/05/2010 - 00:00

We suggest you explore iCivics, a beautiful new series of Flash games designed to raise civic knowledge and participation.

iCivics: How Games Can Teach Students to be Better Citizens

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 18:12

What began as the Our Courts Project for middle-school students has now evolved into the more comprehensive iCivics, a resource for educators and parents that teaches about the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the three branches of government through free online game play.

Branches of Power

Mon, 07/19/2010 - 00:00

Looking for another super awesome learning game for your classroom?  Filament Games does it again with Branches of Power

Gaming Tree

Sun, 07/11/2010 - 00:00

The games about the U.S. government have generated a significant following. Fifty-seven percent of students who played Do I Have a Right?—one of the first free Web games iCivics released last year in the classroom went on to play it, unprompted, at home. In addition, 550,000 unique players have played the three judicial branch games featured on Ourcourts.org more than 700,000 times, per iCivics.

Online civics games for we, the people

Mon, 06/28/2010 - 10:44

Filament Games in Madison makes games, the kind that pull players in and vanish an hour of time in the blink of an eye. The twist with Filament, however, is that their games are educational, including a series of colorful titles for a project called iCivics, which enjoys the support of national luminaries such as retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wants you to play video games

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 17:25

These are all very difficult and complex issues, but the iCivics games do a remarkable job of making the concepts manageable and easy to understand.  

iCivics and Harlan Institute Announce New Partnership

Wed, 06/23/2010 - 12:43

June 23, 2010 – Washington, D.C.  The Harlan Institute announced a new partnership today with iCivics Inc., the nonprofit civic education program founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Forget Grand Theft Auto

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 00:00

This year's Games For Change Festival unveiled a number of computer and video games that are bettering the world one click at a time.

State Bar promotes innovative Web-based civics education program created by Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Tue, 06/08/2010 - 16:58

The State Bar is partnering with Retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and the Wisconsin Supreme Court to promote iCivics, Justice O’Connor’s innovative Web-based project designed to reinvigorate civics education in America.

New Computer Games Promote Civics Education

Tue, 06/08/2010 - 10:35

The online role-playing games on iCivics are free, teacher-friendly, and effective–and kids like them so much in school that they play them at home, too, O’Connor said.

Back to basics by getting back to civics education

Fri, 05/28/2010 - 17:02

The No Child Left Behind Act has crowded out civics learning in America's schools. It's more than memorizing the names of all the presidents, as former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor shows with her "iCivics" computer game. I tried it, and learned something.

Our view: Lack of civics education bodes ill for our republic

Fri, 05/28/2010 - 11:51

Former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor is the latest to call attention to the sad state of civics education in our nation's classrooms.

Justice O'Connor Says Videogames ‘Fabulous’ Teaching Tools

Fri, 05/28/2010 - 11:49

In an interview on Good Morning America Wednesday, O’Connor extolled the virtues of videogames as a teaching tool for young kids.

Justice O'Connor Hails Games As 'Fabulous' Teaching Tools

Fri, 05/28/2010 - 11:44

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor recently espoused the benefits of learning through video games, expressing her hope that game could help children advance in disciplines like civics and history.

Sandra O'Connor's Games

Thu, 05/27/2010 - 14:57

The Wonkster talks about iCivics games and Gotham's own local government games.

Serious Games Deliberated at Twin Conferences This Week

Thu, 05/27/2010 - 14:52

USA Today discusses Justice O'Connor, iCivics, and the Games for Change conference.

Sandra Day O'Connor on Civics Education

Thu, 05/27/2010 - 10:58

ABC's Good Morning America interviews Justice O'Connor during her visit to Democracy Prep in Harlem.

O'Connor, in NY, gives schools poor civics marks

Thu, 05/27/2010 - 10:51

Justice O'Connor's discusses iCivics at the Games for Change conference.

Our Courts in the Classroom

Tue, 05/25/2010 - 23:43

Today’s digital world allows younger generations to engage and interact with history like never before, such as through virtual games.

2010 We The People Coordinator Conference

Sat, 05/22/2010 - 18:54

iCivics will be presenting at the 2010 We The People Coordinator Conference in Washington DC.  The event will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel from June 26 - 29, 2010.

The 7th Annual Games for Change Festival

Sat, 05/22/2010 - 18:46

This May, the only festival dedicated to the exciting new movement of Digital Games for Social Change will explore real-world impact, the latest games, and funding strategies. Hosted in New York City by Parsons The New School for Design and The Games for Learning Institute at NYU, the 7th annual Games for Change Festival will take place May 24 – 27, 2010.

Civics Gets a Boost

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 01:00

The Tallahassee Democrat discusses how the Sandra Day O'Connor Civics Education Act will improve education in Florida schools.

Law school awards Marshall-Wythe Medallion to Justice O'Connor

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 01:00

William & Mary Law School awards Justice O'Connor for her "exceptional leadership and accomplishment," including her efforts in the area of civic education.

Justice O'Connor delivers game ball

Wed, 05/19/2010 - 17:19

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor delivers baseballs to the umpires, then visits with the Cubs broadcasters to talk about the iCivics project.

Students get hold of augmented reality

Wed, 05/19/2010 - 01:00

Rosa Parks elementary school students use cell phone technology - text messaging, video, email and GPS - to enhance their learning at the San Diego Museum of Art.


Students who walked out of Providence's Hope High to be punished

Wed, 05/19/2010 - 01:00

Students who staged a school walkout in protest of schedule changes say they will face their punishment, but they argue that the detention given is too severe.

From Instruction to Construction: Rethinking the Classroom Model with Globaloria

Wed, 05/19/2010 - 01:00

Schools in two states are piloting a game development program that weaves Web 2.0 skills, such as blogging, advanced social networking, and wiki contribution and use, with the full range of 21st-century skills, including collaboration, problem solving, decision making, and digital citizenship.


Tavaana: New E-Learning Website for Iranian Civil Society

Tue, 05/18/2010 - 01:00

Tavaana, a project of the Center for Liberty in the Middle East (CLIME), offers Iranian democrats online courses and interactive learning tools on civic leadership, democratic institutions, cyber-security and more. WASHINGTON, DC, May 18, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Iranian civic activists received a helping hand this week with the launch of Tavaana: E-learning Institute for Iranian Civil Society.

Students Get Kicks on Route 66

Tue, 05/18/2010 - 01:00

A multimedia graduate thesis project that uses a Volkswagen Bug, a Nintendo Wii, and three Google programs could just help renew interest in preserving what's left of Route 66.


Middle schools will include civics in 2010-11

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 01:00

Pasco gets a head start on classes required by new law.  The school district plans to implement a seventh-grade civics class in August, putting Pasco ahead of schedule as state-mandated civics requirements are phased in at all Florida middle schools.

Civics education can take many forms

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 01:00

Editorial argues that civics education should be broader than involving students in campaigning for official state food and drink items and should engage more students.

AMD and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Offer Game Technology Program to Hundreds of Youth Club Members

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 01:00

Boys and Girls Club launches Game Tech program to make digital games dealing with social issues available to youth club members.


2010 Conference of Chief Justices

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 01:00

Justice O'Connor will be addressing the Conference of Chief Justices about iCivics on July 26, 2010

Proms and alcohol: Area schools tackle issue in their own ways

Sat, 05/15/2010 - 01:00

High school students speak out at school board meeting to express opposition to mandatory breathalyzer tests at prom because they feel the tests violate their rights.

Students Teach Students

Fri, 05/14/2010 - 01:00

Older students teach younger students about how to take civic action to help protect dolphins.

Illegal immigrant student hopes case helps reform

Fri, 05/14/2010 - 01:00

A student detained for immigration violations hopes her case will spur others to action to promote reform in immigration laws.

Collinwood Student Walkout

Fri, 05/14/2010 - 01:00

High school students walk out in protest of teacher layoffs, and again in protest of arrests of two students at first demonstration.  The article discusses the students' use of YouTube and Facebook to organize the protest and expresses concern that adult groups improperly steered the students.

Don't shoot the messenger

Thu, 05/13/2010 - 01:00

The author of an article about President Obama's technophobia discusses the benefits of technology (as well as the drawbacks), including the use of video games for educational purposes.


Sachem Student at Center of Anti-Bullying Legislation

Tue, 05/11/2010 - 01:00

Student complaints about bullying lead to county anti-bullying legislation.

Student Gets Detention for Possessing Piece of Candy

Mon, 05/10/2010 - 01:00

A Texas 3rd grader had to serve a one-week detention after a teacher found a single Jolly Rancher candy in her possession, and her family plans to appeal the decision to the school board.

In New Jersey, a Civics Lesson in the Internet Age

Tue, 04/27/2010 - 01:00

Students use Facebook to organize school walkouts in protest of New Jersey Governor Christie's cuts in state funding for schools.

Arcadia High School wins national championship on U.S. Constitution

Mon, 04/26/2010 - 01:00

Arcadia High School won a national championship Monday that tested students' knowledge of the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution.

Civics 101: The Supreme Court vs. American Idol

Tue, 04/13/2010 - 15:57

Former Justice O'Connor often points out that only 1 in 7 Americans knows that John Roberts is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, yet two-thirds of Americans can name a judge on “American Idol”. Mary Kate Cary, author of the Thomas Jefferson Street blog, who, in a recent article, expressed shock at this and other civics education facts, but apparently found hope in the old Our Courts site, where she saw firsthand the ways in which it was engaging students. 

O'Connor on the Court

Sat, 04/10/2010 - 16:11

A recent New York Times article discussed former Justice O'Connor's remarks at a lunch attended by its author, Charles M. Blow, covering the importance of diversity in our court system, solicitor general Elena Kagan, and, of course, Our Courts/iCivics. 

More On Learning By Doing Civics

Tue, 03/30/2010 - 01:00

An article at Serious Games Market takes an in-depth (and favorable!) look at the gameplay in Guardian of Law.

A Civics Website That Engages

Mon, 03/29/2010 - 01:00

John Hanke thought the old Our Courts site was "so cool, [he needed] to tell the world about it," and he did - in an article at Westlaw Insider. Wait till he sees iCivics!

Learning By Doing Civics Through Serious Games

Sun, 03/28/2010 - 01:00

Eliane Alhadeff took a recent look at Do I Have a Right, Argument Wars and Supreme Decision in an article at Serious Games Market. 

Retired Justice Still Gives Opinions

Tue, 03/09/2010 - 01:00

“Do a darn good job and be fair and honest,” retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said during a talk in Greensboro in March.  The event was held at Elon Law School. You can read more about it in Jonelle Davis' article for the Greensboro News & Record.

Courting Kids - An Interview with Sandra Day O’Connor

Mon, 03/01/2010 - 01:00

Sandra Day O'Connor spoke with NEA Today about why "another boring textbook" is not the answer to America's problems with civics education. Give the interview a read at the NEA website.

Video games offer educators lessons in learning

Mon, 02/22/2010 - 01:00

ASU talked with frequent advocate of games-as-educational-tools professor James Gee about the Our Courts games, “situated learning” environments, and the future of games in education.


Our Courts launches Argument Wars and persuasive writing unit

Tue, 02/02/2010 - 01:00

The latest game from Our Courts lets players argue landmark Supreme Court cases. Washington DC – February 2, 2010 Our Courts’ third interactive civics game, Argument Wars, is now available at Ourcourts.org. The website is the vision of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and the new game lets students debate landmark Supreme Court cases.  The fun and engaging game challenges students to critically examine arguments and exercise sound reasoning in order to win.

Games that Address Contemporary Social and Global Issues

Mon, 02/01/2010 - 01:00

An article by Barry Joseph talks about the rise of serious games, using Do I Have a Right? as a prime example.