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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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50 Ideas in 50 Minutes: Great Ideas from NCSS Award Winners

Join award winning teachers and grant recipients as they share “Top Tips for Success” in the classroom and beyond. Winners will also share their experience applying for NCSS Awards. NCSS offers three grant opportunities ranging from $2,000–$2,500. Come hear from NCSS Grant Recipients as they share grant writing tips for success to support and enhance your classroom or boost projects that showcase your students’ work.

Moderator and Facilitator: Kristy Brugar, Associate Professor, Social Studies Education University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK

On hand to answer your questions: Recipients of the following Awards and Grants

  • NCSS Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award
  • Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy
  • Award for Global Understanding
  • McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award

Taking Informed Action--Resources for Teachers

Informed action provides students an opportunity to apply classroom learning to real world problems. Learn how K-12 teachers employ this proven practice of civic education as an assessment that enhances learning and builds important social science and SEL competencies.

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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