iCivics in the News

For any media inquiries, please contact: icivicspress@icivics.org

Civic Education

2017 Baylor Fellow Summer Internship Reflection

JULY 07, 2017

I feel fortunate to have been selected to be the Baylor University Fellow this year, and to have worked at iCivics on so many great projects. Over the course of my time in Boston, I have written about social studies education, helped develop and write curriculum, and worked to create more SLL (second language learner) access to the iCivics suite of games.

Announcement Events

Three Educator Network Members Earn Prestigious Educator Honor

JUNE 30, 2017

Three iCivics Educator Network members earned the 2017 Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year Award for their state.  The Gilder Lehrman Teacher of the Year Award recognizes outstanding K12 American history teachers across the country.

Blog Civic Action

EdNet Learning Lab: National History Day Competition and Washington DC Trip

JUNE 26, 2017

Our educator network is comprised of a consortium of educators, teacher trainers, and curriculum developers across almost all 50 states.  We like sharing the experiences of our educator network members as examples of how teachers take civic learning outside their classroom and into the broader world. Here is an account by Jay Peledge (MA) on a combined trip to Washington, DC and the National History Day competition.

Blog Civic Education

Meeting the Needs of EVERY iCivics Student

MAY 30, 2017

Millions of students play “Do I Have a Right?” each school year. Within the game, they have the opportunity to create new identities for themselves, to exercise agency, and to behave altruistically through helping people solve problems around constitutional law issues. Students bring their knowledge of the outside world into a fictitious environment, and along the way become well-versed in the legal protections provided in the Bill of Rights and other amendments. An additional bonus is that it’s just fun!

Blog Civic Education

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).

Announcement Events

Making Connections Through the iCivics UF-Graham Center Virtual Internship

MAY 05, 2017

iCivics and University of Florida Graham Center have partnered to bring virtual internships to UF students interested in pursuing a career in the nonprofit and civic education space.

Media Events

Justice O'Connor Makes 2017 TIME 100 List

APRIL 20, 2017

iCivics founder, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was named in the "Leader" category as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2017.

Blog Civic Education

Digging Deep on Presidential Responsibilities

APRIL 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.

Announcement Civic Education

iCivics and NACo Encourage Teachers to Teach Local

APRIL 07, 2017

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.

Announcement Civic Action

Make An Impact: Play. Donate. Repeat.

APRIL 03, 2017

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.