Three Economics Essential Questions For Your Social Studies Class

Picture of a castle with the title, "Is the Economy Fair? And Other Essential Questions About Economics."

It’s a common complaint today that people don’t know how the government works and that they don’t learn anything about civics in schools. One reason for that is that we often misuse social studies courses – setting them up as history courses dominated by facts and chronology. Instead, we should organize these classes around a […]

Civic Spotlight

Civic Spotlight: Teaching Controversial Issues in a Red State

Students holding a flag and pledging allegiance

This week’s Civic Spotlight comes from an educator in Nebraska. If you’ve got a story to tell about being a civic educator, head over to the Submissions page. We’d love to hear it and share it with our readers. I live in a very red state. Nebraska’s entire Congressional delegation is Republican, and the state […]

Popular Resources

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

Professional Development

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

Note: This post is about the 2018 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars. If you’re looking for information on the current seminars, check out this post on applying for a 2019 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar. You can also check out this collection of summer professional development opportunities for 2019 to see what else is available. Yes, the […]

Weekly News Roundup

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 […]