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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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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┬áthat 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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How to Use Solutions Civics to Teach Municipal Government

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Good civics education gives students an opportunity to apply what they learn and practice being engaged citizens. This often involves some form of project based learning. Solutions Civics is another option that you can use to help structure and facilitate this process. It’s a series of lessons and resources developed by the Citizens Campaign. The […]

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How Illinois Revised Its Civics Ed Requirements

Throughout the country, legislators are struggling to figure out how to improve civics education. Many people agree on the goal. They just don’t agree on the methods. In some cases, legislators have pursued misguided attempts to implement the citizenship test as a graduation requirement. This won’t do much, other than adding another barrier to graduation […]

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Impact of NJ Student Learning Standards in Social Studies on Civics

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In theory, social studies is supposed to incorporate a lot of things – history, geography, civics, economics. These themes should all be infused throughout a social studies course. But the way New Jersey’s Student Learning Standards are set up, one type of content reigns supreme: history. New Jersey’s standards put so much emphasis on history […]

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