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Rock the Vote's Democracy Class is a one-period, civics education lesson plan that teaches high school students about the importance of voting, the history behind it, and registers them to vote. The program uses popular culture, video, a mock election, and classroom discussion to excite students about participating in our democracy and enable them to recognize the power that comes with voting.

Educators can download the materials needed to teach Democracy Class for free from

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Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery? The Changing View of Frederick Douglass

By Robert Cohen
Many have questioned whether the document on which our nation is based sanctioned slavery. But renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who originally condemned the Constitution, came to view it in a much different light.

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July 3, 2017 - 3:00pm EDT to July 28, 2017 - 3:00pm EDT
Earn professional development hours or university credit with Population Education this July.  
July 27, 2017 - 9:45am EDT to July 29, 2017 - 9:45am EDT
How can we employ the history of American representative government to help students grapple with their role as 21st century citizens?

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (PBS/Independent Lens)

More people are imprisoned in the United States at this present moment than in any other time or place in history, yet prisons themselves have never felt further away or more out of sight. "The Prison in Twelve Landscapes" is a film about the prison in which we never see an actual penitentiary. A meditation on the prison's "disappearance" in the era of mass incarceration, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of ordinary places across the United States where prisons affect lives.
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:00pm
June 26, 2017 - 8:00am EDT
Join a cohort of trained educators to help prepare your students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century at The Summer Institute for Climate Change Education.
July 20, 2017 - 9:00am EDT to July 23, 2017 - 3:00pm EDT
The Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) and the Buddhist Churches of America Center for Buddhist Education (BCA CBE) are presenting a new educational seminar for K-12 teachers who are interested in learning about

9-11 "Anniversary in the Schools" (webinar for classrooms)

The 9/11 Memorial Museum invites teachers and students to participate in Anniversary in the Schools, a FREE webinar commemorating the 16th anniversary of 9/11. The webinar, broadcast from inside the 9/11 Memorial Museum, connects students and teachers from around the world with Museum staff and guest speakers to learn about the attacks and the importance of commemoration.
April 12, 2017 - 12:30pm EDT
Three "America in Class" webinars will explore the history of government's role in shaping technology and promoting innovation. Explore one, two, or all three webinars. This series will be led by W. Bernard Carlson of the University of Virginia.

The U.S. in Space: Tensions and Paradoxes (April 12, 2017)
The Machine and The Republic: The Dynamic Interplay of Technology and Political Value (April 20, 2017)
The Army and the Technology of Warfare (July 24, 2017)



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