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Civic Education

EdNet Learning Lab: Reese Teacher Fellow at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

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 Teresa Osborne's (OR) account of her experience researching and developing curriculum at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

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Civic Education

EdNet Learning Lab Teacher Summer Series: Act 1, The AP Gauntlet

SEPTEMBER 06, 2017

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 part one of David Olson's (WI) "Teacher Summer Series" on professional development and teacher growth.

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Civic Education

Civic Initiative in Santa Clara County

AUGUST 17, 2017

On August 9th, Santa Clara County leaders came together to participate in a nonpartisan county-wide discourse regarding the state of civic engagement.

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Games

iCivics Featured in Venture Beat

AUGUST 11, 2017

iCivics was featured in Venture Beat. The article spoke to the popularity of iCivics during the election season and the growth of the organization, highlighting our ability to remain nonpartisan in a tough political climage. iCivics Executive Director Louise Dubé points out, “If people have issues after the publication of the content, we take a look at it again, but for the most part, when we get as many comments from the right as we do from the left, we feel like we’ve probably done our jobs”.

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Civic Action

Student-Centered Civic Action

JULY 18, 2017

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.

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Civic Education

2017 Baylor Fellow Summer Internship Reflection

JULY 07, 2017

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. 

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Events

Three Educator Network Members Earn Prestigious Educator Honor

JUNE 30, 2017

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.

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Civic Action

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

JUNE 26, 2017

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.

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Civic Education

Meeting the Needs of EVERY iCivics Student

MAY 30, 2017

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!

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Civic Education

Increasing Content Acquisition for Second Language Learners in Social Studies Classrooms

MAY 18, 2017

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

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