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Civics/Government

April 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

Youth interest in politics, government, and current issues is at an all time high nationwide. However, civic education is minimized in curricula across the country and as a result students have few opportunities to engage with the controversial issues which inform their world and are most relevant to them. 

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First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage (Equality): Welcoming Diverse Families in the Elementary Classroom

The use of trade books to foster discussion of historical events and major Supreme Court decisions in the elementary classroom can serve as a powerful method through which elementary students can begin to see themselves as active contributors to the communities and worlds in which they live. In this article and the accompanying lesson plan, the authors share ways to teach about Supreme Court decisions —specifically the decisions that have affected marriage equality—with the C3 Framework.

Civic Data to Inform Student Action

To what extent does the civic empowerment gap exist in recent cohorts of Democracy Schools? Explore the connection between exposure to proven civic learning practices and civic engagement outcomes. Discuss ways to address issues of inequity in your school.

Civic Engagement as a Core Principle of University/School Partnership

Examine a private university/public school partnership that seeks to support and sustain neighborhood public education. Understand how civic engagement is a core animating value of a partnership. Learn how students in a diverse school examine and act on critical social and political issues.

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