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This Week in Civics: Debate Rages in Nebraska and a Youth Forum in NH

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Each week, I like to look back on news related to civics education and highlight some of the more interesting and timely articles from around the country. This week, it seems like a lot of the news revolves around what’s going on in Nebraska with their State Board of Education, but there’s also an interesting […]

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5 Reasons Why You Should Apply for the C-SPAN Teacher Fellowship

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You may know C-SPAN as that boring channel that airs footage of Congress, or you may know C-SPAN as a great organization that offers tons of free resources and opportunities for teachers. If you’re one of the former, you should check out C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations, C-SPAN’s StudentCam Competition or C-SPAN Classroom. If you check back, […]

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This Week in Civics: Oregon PD, Illinois Laws, and Voter Turnout in VA

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Each week, I like to look back on news related to civics education and highlight some of the interesting and informative articles from around the country. This week, we’ve got an international story, more news from Oregon, a political debate in Illinois, and some interesting data about youth voter turnout. So without further ado, let’s […]

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Is CNN 10 Biased?

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This is a question I hear often enough when I talk about teaching current events – is CNN 10 biased? CNN10 (formerly CNN Student News) is one of my favorite resources for teaching current events. I’ve written about why I like CNN10 as well as ways that you can incorporate it into your class. But looking […]

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Teaching Civics with Episode 8 of The Mayor: Monuments Man

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This week, episode eight of The Mayor aired. In this episode, “Monuments Man,” Courtney Rose tries to save a local establishment, Tito’s, from being gentrified. The show is a relevant way to expose students to issues related to local government and politics. As part of an ongoing series, we’ve been reviewing each episode and highlighting some […]

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Civics and Chill: What’s On Your Binge Watch List for the Holiday Break?

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The holiday break is coming up, and that week means free time and a chance to catch up on leisure activities. Last week, I shared a list of civics related books that you should consider reading over the break. But maybe your brain needs a break, and you just want to veg out in front […]

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Nebraska is Prioritizing and Defining “Civic Readiness”

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In an age of college and career readiness, Nebraska is making a move to prioritize “civic readiness.” I mentioned in previous weekly news recaps here and here that the Nebraska State Board of Education was debating a definition of civic readiness. This followed on its decision to include it as a prominent feature in its strategic […]

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This Week in Civics: A Kid Governor, a Spanish Civics Game, and More

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This week in civics news, there was the typical collection of op-eds in favor of more civics education as well as citizenship testing. But there were two interesting bits of news as well – one involving a kid governor and another involving a new Spanish resource for teaching civics. So read on to find out […]

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