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  • Oct162017
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    Learning about Democracy, One Phone Call at a Time

    Learning about Democracy, One Phone Call at a Time: Why early experiences with civic engagement matter by Isa Ballard, Finance Manager I stumbled into my first substantive experience with civic engagement. I was a sophomore in college, it was my first presidential election as an eligible voter, and I wanted to get involved but I wasn’t […]

  • Oct102017
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    What’s This About A State Constitutional Convention?

    A Lesson Package to Educate New York’s Voters Young & Old about This Rare Automatic Ballot Question In just under a month New Yorkers will have a once every 20 year opportunity to decide whether to call a constitutional convention to review our New York State constitution. Despite how little time remains before this rare […]

  • Sep292017
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    Listening and Learning from Focus Groups this Spring

    GC’s Impact on Students, Post-Programming At Generation Citizen, we’re in this for the long game. We know that a functioning democracy requires the sustained investment and engagement of its citizens, whether it be an emerging democracy, or one 250 years down the road of its citizen-led experiment. We know that the requisite habits of active […]

  • Sep282017
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    Action Civics for District Leaders

    We’re launching a peer community for school district administrators It is vital for the strength of our democracy that every student in the U.S. receive an Action Civics education. Generation Citizen will teach upwards of 13,000 students this year, and 30,000 per year by 2020. But there are over 50 million K-12 students in the country. […]

  • Sep212017
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    A Lesson on New York State’s Constitutional Convention

    Attention Educators: We Have Lesson Plans on the New York State Constitutional Convention! A large portion of New York voters do not understand or even know, about the 2017 Constitutional Convention ballot measure and the potential consequences of the vote. To both ensure a more informed electorate, and to also engage young people in this […]

  • Sep202017
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    Improving Democracy Starts with its Citizens

    Improving Democracy Starts with its Citizens How a focus on the citizen-centric process of democracy leads to better outcomes By Emely Anico, Nora Howe, Brandon Klugman, Sydney Menzin, Sarah Nicita, Scott Warren Over the last few months, several of us at Generation Citizen, with the help of Brown University students, have been conducting research centered on the […]

  • Sep202017
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    We’re Hiring a Generation Citizen Measurement & Evaluation Intern

    Generation Citizen is an innovative, quickly scaling non-profit that seeks to strengthen our nation’s democracy by empowering young people to become engaged and effective citizens. Generation Citizen (GC) believes all students have the right to civics education that prepares them to participate in our democracy. We envision a country of young people working as active […]

  • Sep182017
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    We’re Hiring a Generation Citizen Massachusetts Development Manager

    Generation Citizen is a quickly scaling national non-profit that works to ensure that every student in the United States receives an effective Action Civics education, providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in our democracy as active citizens. We envision a country of young people working to collectively strengthen our American democracy. […]

  • Sep142017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every few weeks, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civics education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections! If “Did Not Vote” Had Been A Candidate […]

  • Sep132017
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    Action Civics Across the Nation: Our Strategic Plan

    When we founded Generation Citizen about eight years ago, the promise of the organization became apparent as soon as we entered classrooms. We immediately saw young people advocating for better public transit, tackling the opioid crisis before it became a national hot topic, grappling with police-community relations. We quickly saw the power of Action Civics. And the […]

  • Sep082017
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    We’re Hiring A Generation Citizen Bay Area Executive Director

    Overview: Generation Citizen (generationcitizen.org), a quickly scaling non-profit that seeks to ensure that every young person in the United States receives an effective action civics education, is looking for a proven leader to take the helm as Executive Director of its Bay Area site, currently serving more than 2,000 students per year. The Executive Director […]

  • Sep062017
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    Action Civics in the Lone Star State

    Action Civics in the Lone Star State: A return to government after Hurricane Harvey by Lucianne Nelson, Central Texas Program Associate   When my parents announced that we would be moving from California to Texas, my 13 year-old self immediately envisioned a wild west that was identical to the frontiers of John Wayne movies. I fully […]

  • Aug302017
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    The Importance of Civic Participation in Moments of Perceived Institutional Failure

    The Importance of Civic Participation in Moments of Perceived Institutional Failure: Lessons from China By Eli Emigh, New York City Program Associate I found the importance of civic participation at a time in my life when my own views on civic engagement were nihilistic at best. I was a college student studying abroad in Beijing, […]

  • Aug282017
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    Generation Citizen Massachusetts Program Manager

    Generation Citizen (GC) is excited to announce that we are looking for an exceptional leader to join our team as the Massachusetts Program Manager. The Program Manager will execute GC’s ambitious strategy for action civics programming across Massachusetts, working directly with a local site team as well as educators and administrators from statewide. The position […]

  • Aug222017
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    We’re Hiring an Oklahoma Program Associate

    Generation Citizen Oklahoma Program Associate Generation Citizen (GC) is excited to announce that we are looking for an exceptional professional to join our team as the Oklahoma Program Associate. The Program Associate will work directly with college student volunteers, teachers, and youth to support action civics programming across classrooms in Oklahoma. The position will be full-time […]

  • Aug162017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every few weeks, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civics education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections! Put Me In Coach: Reworking Social Studies for […]

  • Aug162017
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    We’re Hiring an Administrative Assistant

    Generation Citizen Administrative Assistant (Part-Time / New York) About Generation Citizen Generation Citizen is an innovative, quickly scaling non-profit that seeks to strengthen our nation’s democracy by empowering young people to become engaged and effective citizens. To achieve this vision, Generation Citizen works to ensure that every student in the U.S. receives an effective action […]

  • Aug092017
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    Howdy from Texas: Meet Lucianne, Central Texas’ New Program Associate

    Howdy, I am Lucianne Nelson, the new Program Associate with the Central Texas team here at Generation Citizen!   Before joining GC, I was a teaching fellow in the university setting. I also implemented civics programming on college campuses, so my background is largely in working with college students. While I definitely felt at home […]

  • Oct162017
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    Learning about Democracy, One Phone Call at a Time

    Learning about Democracy, One Phone Call at a Time: Why early experiences with civic engagement matter by Isa Ballard, Finance Manager I stumbled into my first substantive experience with civic engagement. I was a sophomore in college, it was my first presidential election as an eligible voter, and I wanted to get involved but I wasn’t […]

  • Sep062017
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    Action Civics in the Lone Star State

    Action Civics in the Lone Star State: A return to government after Hurricane Harvey by Lucianne Nelson, Central Texas Program Associate   When my parents announced that we would be moving from California to Texas, my 13 year-old self immediately envisioned a wild west that was identical to the frontiers of John Wayne movies. I fully […]

  • Aug302017
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    The Importance of Civic Participation in Moments of Perceived Institutional Failure

    The Importance of Civic Participation in Moments of Perceived Institutional Failure: Lessons from China By Eli Emigh, New York City Program Associate I found the importance of civic participation at a time in my life when my own views on civic engagement were nihilistic at best. I was a college student studying abroad in Beijing, […]

  • Aug062017
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    Democracy: The Winning Horse

    Democracy: The Winning Horse How we can invest in a true culture of civic participation By David Moren Leading up to last November’s election, much of the buzz was about “How do we get more people registered to vote?!” A noble and necessary question, to be sure, yet one I often feel misses the point […]

  • Jul312017
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    Defining Diversity: Student Writing on the Violence Against Women Act

    Defining Diversity: Student Writing on the Violence Against Women Act Featuring an excerpt from Lowell, MA students’ recently published book on diversity and equity By Carla M. Duran Capellan, former Generation Citizen student and Student Leadership Board member I was asked by Jessica Lander, my history teacher, to write a chapter for a book with twenty-three other students […]

  • Jun232017
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    Political Schools

    Political Schools A Former Teacher’s Summertime Reflection By Meredith Norris, Texas Site Manager High school students shake hands with judges at Generation Citizen’s Central Texas Civics Day Summer is often the time when teachers have a chance to think back on their year and dream about the next one. What do they wish they’d had more time […]

  • Jun072017
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    Scott Warren: The Long Road to Change

    There is sometimes a reflexive tendency when witnessing young people in action to express something akin to “Seeing this work made me so hopeful about the future!” I have heard this sentiment expressed again and again from those who attend a Generation Citizen Civics Day, our semester-end event, in which our students present the issues […]

  • Jun072017
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    Democratizing in the Digital Age

    Democratizing in the Digital Age A defense of the internet’s role in politics By Monica Roman, Operations Associate   Apps like Countable give you direct access to elected officials and the bills they’re voting on It is easy to get caught up in the narrative of the internet as a chaotic force in politics these days, with it […]

  • May152017
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    The New Civic Activism

    The New Civic Activism A view from Brooklyn By David Pechefsky, Senior Advisor Since the presidential election, my Brooklyn neighborhood has seen a big surge in liberal activism. Under the banner of “Get Organized Brooklyn” our local Council Member has been convening monthly meetings attended by as many as a thousand people. After the first meeting in […]

  • May052017
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    Door Knocking: A Love Story

    Door Knocking: A Love Story Why face-to-face conversations strengthen our democracy By Nora Howe, NYC Program Associate One long driveway away, my next house waited. The Iowa sun beating down, I was getting ready to knock my 90th (or was it 91st?) door of the day, and still had 30 more to go. My shoes […]

  • Apr262017
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    Did you just miss a chance to vote? An update on April 2017 Municipal Elections

    Did you just miss a chance to vote? An update on April 2017 municipal elections By Brandon Klugman While hotly contested special elections for Congressional seats in Kansas and Georgia have dominated most discussion of elections this month, it is important to remember that springtime also marks local election season for many cities across the […]

  • Apr242017
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    When is Enough Actually Enough?

    When is Enough Actually Enough? A Michelle Branch-induced breaking point. By Scott Warren Last May, I sat in a café on 24th and Valencia in San Francisco, gathering my thoughts after a fruitful meeting, ready to walk into a gorgeous San Francisco morning for a day full of more productivity: meetings with Board members, foundations, […]

  • Apr172017
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    “Change-making” in Process

    Eli Emigh, Generation Citizen’s newest New York Program Associate, reflects on some of his first experiences in the classroom.   I began my role as a Program Associate with Generation Citizen’s NYC team at the start of February 2017 after working as an organizer with the Oregon Student Association. I was excited to continue working […]

  • Apr062017
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    Yasmine Mahdavi: Does My Voice Matter?

    Does My Voice Matter? After years of promising to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, the repeal bill was pulled from the House floor on March 24. This was a surprising turn and a prime example of successful civic engagement swaying our representatives. One of the reasons it didn’t […]

  • Mar272017
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    San Diego Union-Tribune: Is today’s political engagement a fad or the new reality?

    In the midst of a time of seemingly heightened political engagement across the country, a record low number of citizens turned out to vote in Los Angeles’ local election. Generation Citizen co-founder and CEO Scott Warren reflects in this op-ed, published in The San Diego Union-Tribune. How do we reconcile the fact that millions of […]

  • Mar272017
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    Vote16 on Ozy: To Bridge the Political Divide, Let Minors Vote

    “Our political challenges may seem insurmountable. But let’s remember that in addition to building bridges across the aisle, we need on-ramps to participation.” This piece tells the story of one of Takoma Park’s first under-18 voters, and argues that extending voting rights to more 16- and 17-year-olds can help reinvigorate our democracy. Read more on […]

  • Mar132017
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    Yasmine Mahdavi: GIRLS AND WOMEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO THINK FREELY AND TO ACT ACCORDINGLY

    Yasmine Mahdavi, Generation Citizen’s Measurement and Evaluation Fellow, responds to a recent opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal.   Ideally, girls and women should have the freedom to advocate for themselves and others in any way they choose. But, when we dictate or ideologically critique the way in which they choose to express themselves we […]

  • Jan272017
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    Shifting the Age Curve: A Smart Approach to Increasing Voter Turnout

    We have a voter participation crisis in the United States – most agree on this. The US ranks 31st out of 35 OECD countries in voter turnout. In the 2016 election, four out of ten eligible voters did not cast a ballot, similar to the rate in 2012. Turnout in midterm and local elections is […]

  • Oct102017
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    What’s This About A State Constitutional Convention?

    A Lesson Package to Educate New York’s Voters Young & Old about This Rare Automatic Ballot Question In just under a month New Yorkers will have a once every 20 year opportunity to decide whether to call a constitutional convention to review our New York State constitution. Despite how little time remains before this rare […]

  • Sep292017
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    Listening and Learning from Focus Groups this Spring

    GC’s Impact on Students, Post-Programming At Generation Citizen, we’re in this for the long game. We know that a functioning democracy requires the sustained investment and engagement of its citizens, whether it be an emerging democracy, or one 250 years down the road of its citizen-led experiment. We know that the requisite habits of active […]

  • Sep132017
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    Action Civics Across the Nation: Our Strategic Plan

    When we founded Generation Citizen about eight years ago, the promise of the organization became apparent as soon as we entered classrooms. We immediately saw young people advocating for better public transit, tackling the opioid crisis before it became a national hot topic, grappling with police-community relations. We quickly saw the power of Action Civics. And the […]

  • Jul112017
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    Robert DeLossa, Social Studies Chair of Lowell High School, shares Public Testimony on the Importance of Action Civics Education

    On June 13, 2017 Social Studies Chair of Lowell High School, Robert DeLossa, submitted Public Testimony to the State of MA. Here he emphasizes the importance of civics education and the critical role it plays in preparing young people to be active and informed participants in our democracy. Read on!     Members of the […]

  • Jan262017
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    TRIVIA FOR CHANGEMAKERS

    Generation Citizen’s Trivia for Changemakers 4th Annual Trivia Fundraiser Thursday, March 23 2017, 6:30pm-9:00pm Microsoft NERD Center, Kendall Square, 1 Memorial Drive, Suite 100, Cambridge, MA 02142 Test your trivia mettle in this exclusive best-of-Boston matchup, pitting teams from Boston’s industries against competitors in their sector to see who can clinch the grand ChangeMaker’s Cup. For a critical cause: every […]

  • Jan052017
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    A Semester in Review: New York City’s Fall 2016 Growth

    A Semester in Review: New York City’s Fall 2016 Growth It was a busy fall 2016 semester for the New York City team. This new team of dynamic women leaders jumped into the seat at a time of tremendous growth for the New York City program.  Thanks in large part to a half a million […]

  • Dec212016
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    Civics Day Highlights from Scott Warren

    Every fall and spring semester Generation Citizen hosts Civics Day, our students’ end-of-semester project showcase. Civics day presents a unique opportunity for students to take pride in their projects, advocate for their issues to a local audience, and collect feedback on their plans from panels of judges. Check-out the highlights from our Fall 2016 Civics Day […]

  • Nov222016
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    Generation Citizen to Expand Civics Education in Central Texas

    GENERATION CITIZEN TO EXPAND CIVICS EDUCATION IN CENTRAL TEXAS  Action Civics programming to begin in Austin-area schools in January. AUSTIN, TEXAS — On Wednesday, November 9th, Generation Citizen hosted its launch event for its new site in Central Texas. Joined by Mayor Steve Adler, local officials, teachers, college students, and philanthropists, nearly 75 supporters from […]

  • Oct282016
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    Upcoming Events | Fall 2016

    Join Us | Upcoming Generation Citizen Events Fall 2016 Bay Area Civic Tech Challenge Hackathon & Awards Reception | Saturday November 5, 2016 At Generation Citizen’s second annual Bay Area Civic Tech Challenge, we’re bringing together top Bay Area tech innovators with passionate middle and high school students for a day-long hackathon that will create […]

  • Oct132016
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    450 Students Take Part in Generation Citizen Launch at Lowell High School

    Lowell High School brought together 450 students on Wednesday, September 28th to launch Generation Citizen at their school. This year, these 23 classrooms will work to make meaningful change in their communities through the Generation Citizen program. The Lowell High School launch event, held at the school located in Lowell Massachusetts,  kicked-off with an exploration […]

  • Oct042016
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    Justin Kang: Why Civic Tech Challenge and Why Now?

    Why Civic Tech Challenge and Why Now?  Q&A With Boston’s Leading Young Civic Innovator and Creator of the Civic Tech Challenge, Justin Kang Justin Kang is the founder and Executive Director of City Awake, the civic innovation lab of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, widely hailed as a leading voice for millennials in Greater […]

  • Sep222016
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    What We’re Reading

    Every other week, GC picks out a selection of articles, videos, or podcasts that are relevant to our work and to the civic education space as a whole. This week we are focusing specifically on local news and issues in some of GC’s program regions. We at GC love to expand our learning in every […]

  • Sep132016
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    Civic Tech Challenge Greater Boston Registration is Open!

    The Greater Boston hackathon will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2016 Sign-up to Participate in the Civic Tech Challenge Hackathon Buy Tickets to the Civic Tech Challenge Awards Reception Generation Citizen’s Civic Tech Challenge brings together top tech innovators and passionate middle school students for a day-long hackathon that will create solutions to tough […]

  • Sep082016
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    Join Us: Stories of Grassroots Change

    Join Generation Citizen and the Boston Debate League for this inspiring storytelling event. Local activists and aspiring young leaders involved in contemporary grassroots change campaigns in Boston will share their stories of struggle, success, and advocacy insights. Attendees with their own stories of grassroots change can also sign up to share by selecting “Storyteller” on the […]

  • Aug152016
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    WE ARE TEAM GENERATION CITIZEN

    Last week, the Generation Citizen team traveled from all across the US to attend our annual retreat at the Wisdom House in beautiful Litchfield, Connecticut. This retreat is the one time a year when all GC staff can come together in person to collaborate and engage meaningfully with each other and our varied work, and […]

  • Aug032016
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    Join Us: Community Change Fellows Graduation Celebration

    We’re excited to announce that Generation Citizen’s Community Change Fellowship graduation celebration is right around the corner. Join us in celebrating these young civic leaders! The GC Community Change Fellowship is an internship opportunity for high-performing GC high school alumni to continue their community engagement after the semester in a professional political environment. The evening […]

  • Aug012016
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    Young Leaders Gather for GC’s Democracy Education Youth Summit

    Generation Citizen is thrilled to be bringing 26 young people (ages 14-18), together the first week of August for our first-ever Democracy Education Youth Summit. The participants hail from 14 states across the country and will congregate in New York City for three days of activities, workshops, and collaboration. The goal of the summit is […]

  • Jun302016
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    GC’s Expanding to the Heartland

    We are excited to announce Generation Citizen’s expansion to Central Texas and Oklahoma City in the fall of 2016. When we passed Generation Citizen’s four-year strategic plan two years ago, expanding to new sites was a top goal, both to test our model in new geographies and to make a more effective case for the […]

  • Sep142017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every few weeks, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civics education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections! If “Did Not Vote” Had Been A Candidate […]

  • Aug162017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every few weeks, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civics education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections! Put Me In Coach: Reworking Social Studies for […]

  • Jul202017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every few weeks, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civics education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections! What happens to local news when there is […]

  • Jun272017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every few weeks, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civics education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections! Youth turnout at UK general election highest in […]

  • Jun092017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every few weeks, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civics education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections! Teen’s election to Pearland school board turns heads, […]

  • May112017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every few weeks, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civics education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections! Building Effective Coalitions with Fair Fares Campaign Members, […]

  • Apr202017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every few weeks, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civics education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections! Factoring Schools into the Calculus of City Budgeting, […]

  • Mar302017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every few weeks, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civics education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections!   Study: 60 Percent of Rural Millennials Lack […]

  • Mar092017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every few weeks, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civics education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections!   A Great New Accidental Renaissance. The New […]

  • Feb162017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every other week, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civics education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections!   The Snapchat Cohort gets into Politics, and […]

  • Jan262017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every other week, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civic education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections!   25 ways to be politically active (whether […]

  • Jan132017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every other week, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civic education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections!   The Remedy for the Spread of Fake […]

  • Dec222016
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    What We’re Reading

    Every other week, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civic education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections!   Is literature the answer to tackling poor […]

  • Dec082016
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    What We’re Reading

    Every other week, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civic education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections!   Now or Never for Civic Education. US […]

  • Nov172016
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    What We’re Reading

    Every other week, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civic education space as a whole. This week’s articles focus on the importance of civics education and active citizenship in the aftermath of a tumultuous election. Three of these pieces are either authored by GC staff […]

  • Oct272016
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    What We’re Reading

    Every other week, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civic education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections!   Education Secretary says civics education should encourage […]

  • Sep012016
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    What We’re Reading

    Every other week, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civic education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections!   Why Did We Stop Teaching Political History? […]

  • Aug182016
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    What We’re Reading

    Every other week, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civic education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections!   The Mainstreaming of #BlackLivesMatter, The Ringer. The […]

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