This issue of Social Education features a special section on civic power whose guest editor is Karen Barss of Facing History and Ourselves. The contributors to the special section and many other authors in this issue offer valuable practical suggestions for promoting civic awareness and engagement among young people.
Inspiring Citizen Action with Motion Pictures Danna Bell, Lee Ann PotterA short 1945 film in the Library of Congress archives starring Frank Sinatra, who stops a group from bullying a young Jewish boy, could jumpstart a range of classroom projects such as an inquiry into post-World War II domestic issues. US History
C3 Teachers Blogging: Grappling with the Realities of Inquiry Carly MuettertiesThe educators’ blog space of the C3 Teachers website offers teachers a valuable opportunity to share their experiences on inquiry-based teaching and reflect on their own practices. US History
Are Voter ID Laws Democratic? Teaching Deliberation for Informed Citizens R. Zackary Seitz, Daniel G. Krutka, Prentice T. ChandlerDebating controversial issues such as whether voter ID laws safeguard or suppress democracy helps students evolve as informed and active citizens.
The Battle for the Senate, 2018: Key Races to Watch Social Education StaffAs we approach high stakes midterm elections in which one or both houses of Congress may change hands, students can follow some key Senate races and consider the significance of congressional control.
Developing Civic Power Karen BarssThis special section of Social Education shares a range of different approaches to uncovering and developing students’ understanding of civic power.
Embracing Civic Power Eric LiuTeaching students power literacy means helping them understand the sources of power in civic life.
Youth in Front: Supporting Youth-Led Social Action Marti Tippens MurphyAllowing students to take the lead in a specific social action campaign enables them to take classroom learning about the democratic process to a much deeper level.
Global Insights for U.S. Civic Education Laura TavaresA holistic approach to teaching democratic citizenship developed by educators in newer democracies can offer valuable insights to American teachers.
Civics in Action Jessica LanderTo cultivate engaged citizens, we should ensure that students have real-world opportunities to develop, practice, and apply civic skills.