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Examples of Project Citizen Winners and Project Based Learning

A sleepy stressed out student and a drone, with a title saying, "Examples of Project Citizen"

Project Citizen is a textbook and curriculum designed to help you teach civics through project based learning. You can make it the centerpiece of your civics class or incorporate it as an extended project into a history class. If you’re not familiar with the program, you can read more about Project Citizen here. But today […]

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Weekly News Roundup

This Week in Civics: Road to Autocracy, Generation Citizen, and Columbus

The Oklahoma Statehouse with the title, "Generation Citizen, Columbus, and Autocracy"

Every week, I take a moment to look back over the week’s news and op-eds related to civics education to see what’s going on around the country (and sometimes the world). This week was a slow news week, so it’s going to be a quick recap. Let’s dive in and see what’s going on. Another […]

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What Are YAC’s? Youth Advisory Council Offers Civic Engagement Opportunities

Members of the MYAC standing with members of the Maryland legislature, along with a label asking, "Does your State Have a LYAC?"

There was one thing in particular in last week’s civic education news round-up that caught my eye: the New Hampshire Legislative Youth Advisory Council and it’s youth forum. What exactly is this legislative youth advisory council, and are there more like it? I’ve heard of local youth advisory committees and youth mayors. A few weeks […]

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Apply for a Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar This Summer

Portraits of Frederick Douglass and Thomas Jefferson and a title about applying for a Gilder Lehrman Teacher Institute

Yes, the summer is a great time to relax and catch up on sleep, family time, and reading. But it’s also a great time to dive into some real, high-quality professional development. If you’re looking for something to nourish your professional soul this summer, think about applying for a Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar. They have […]

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

Group of tenants protest conditions in their housing

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

Brian Rock sitting at the Washington Journal desk while working as a C-SPAN Teacher Fellow

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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Weekly News Roundup

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

A Rock the Vote logo design

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?

Looking up at the scales of justice statue with a dark sky behind her.

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

The cast of the Mayor in Episode 8, Monuments Men

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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