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Student-Centered Civic Action

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 13:07

What happens when you allow students to take the lead on civic issues they care about? iCivics Educator Network member, Shelina Warren (DC), shows us how empowering students with a solid foundation of their rights, can inspire them to make real community impact. In doing so, she created a lab experience that her students will never forget.

2017 Baylor Fellow Summer Internship Reflection

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 14:19

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. I cannot think of a better experience to fully utilize my masters degree - this fellowship hit all aspects of what I hope to continue to do after I graduate. Getting the opportunity to write on the iCivics blog was excellent.

Three Educator Network Members Earn Prestigious Educator Honor

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 09:47

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.


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

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 10:32

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.

Meeting the Needs of EVERY iCivics Student

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 14:39

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!

Increasing Content Acquisition for Second Language Learners in Social Studies Classrooms

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 14:08

Second language learners (SLLs) are an ever increasing population in educational settings (Cruz & Thornton, 2009).