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Teach About Voting Rights with Democracy Class from Rock the Vote

Man holding a sign that says, "Register Early to Vote." Teach voting rights.

Rock the Vote is nothing new. They’ve been around since the 1990’s trying to get people out to vote and to exercise their voting rights. But in the last few years, they’ve tried something new. They created a program called “Democracy Class,” and they partnered with organizations across the country to teach lessons in schools […]

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12 Paulo Freire Quotes About Education, Civics, and Pedagogy

A cup of coffee and a Paulo Freire quote, "The educator has a duty to not be neutral."

Paulo Freire was a Brazilian educator with some pretty radical ideas about education and its role in creating better societies. To Freire, education was a revolutionary act. His most famous work is the book Pedagogy of the Oppressed. He discussed his practice of literacy education in Brazil. Through his service as the director of adult […]

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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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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”

Group of people protesting with their fists in the air. Image is tight so you don't see any faces or details.

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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