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).
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.
April is National County Government month and iCivics and the National Association of Counties (NACo) have partnered to bring local government to the classroom with the re-launch of "Counties Work"- a game that teaches about local government through playing as a county official responsible for juggling citizen requests.
Are you wondering what to do with all of those hard earned points from iCivics games? Use them to empower and support young social entrepreneurs. Through iCivics’ Impact Projects, you can log on to icivics.org/impact and spend your points to cast your vote for a handful of projects that have been carefully selected by the Ashoka Youth Ventures Change Makers.
We are very excited to announce that iCivics Executive Director, Louise Dubé won this year's DVF People’s Voice Awards. Dubé's win, based upon thousands of popular votes, brings $50,000 to iCivics to help continue our mission of engaging the next generation of citizens with quality, nonpartisan civic education resources.
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.
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.