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  • May142019
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    Talking Civics in the Nation’s Capitol

    Generation Citizen hosts Fireside Chat with John King, Education Trust President and former U.S. Secretary of Education Last month, Generation Citizen’s policy and advocacy department executed two public affairs events in Washington D.C. On April 4th, we convened a Fireside Chat with John King, President and CEO of the Education Trust and 10th U.S. Secretary […]

  • Apr192019
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    A Solution for States with Skill Gaps in Workforce Development: How building civic skills and knowledge can prepare students to lift our economies

    by Amy Curran, Oklahoma Executive Director The United States faces a challenge to fill workforce development gaps as a result of the shift from the industrial age to the knowledge age. The need for a post-secondary degree or certification has become more important than ever. And, with the rising expense of degree programs, it is […]

  • Apr042019
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    Localizing College Civics: The need to engage college students in local government

    by Hannah Bigbee a Generation Citizen’s Student Leadership Board member Like many college campuses, the University of Oklahoma is seen as its own community by the students. Many students live, work, attend classes, and eat all of their meals while on campus. Because of this, the university becomes its own world. While having this community […]

  • Mar262019
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    White Noise: A Fundraiser Hosted by the NYC Local Advisory Board

    Join us for a private evening of theater benefiting Generation Citizen. Generation Citizen New York City’s Local Advisory Board is excited to invite you to a private evening of theater to benefit Generation Citizen at The Public Theater on April 30th for the 7 pm performance of see “White Noise.” White Noise, Written by Suzan-Lori […]

  • Mar202019
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    Testimony to the NYC Council on the 2020 Education Budget

    ­­­ Testimony by Martin Mintz, New York City Program ManagerNew York City Council Education and Finance Committee Good Morning Members of the City Council’s Education and Finance Committees:­­­ Thank you for the opportunity to testify today on behalf of Generation Citizen (“GC”) about the Fiscal Year 2020 City’s Education’s budget. My name is Martin Mintz, […]

  • Mar132019
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    Meredith Norris Gives Testimony to the Texas House Public Education Committee on Civics Education: We need more than the Citizenship Test as a civics requirement

    On Tuesday March 5th, Generation Citizen’s Texas Executive Director, Meredith Norris gave testimony to the Texas House Public Education Committee on House Bill 1244, the Citizenship Test bill. Read below for what she said! On behalf of Generation Citizen: Educating our youth about the structures and functions of our government and equipping them with the […]

  • Mar132019
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    Gentrification – A Student’s Perspective on The Intensification of Modern Displacement in New York City: How widespread gentrification is continuing to shape the future of our city

    By Ishrat Jahan, Student at Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science My name is Ishrat Jahan and I am a Junior at Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women in Brooklyn, New York. In our Generation Citizen class, my classmates and I chose gentrification as our focus issue because we believe […]

  • Feb282019
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    Teachers: Join the Democracy Lab

  • Feb282019
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    Why Do We Know So Little About County Government? Lessons from Ninnekah, Oklahoma

    By Elizabeth Sidler, Oklahoma Senior Program Associate Driving south on Old Highway 81 toward Ninnekah, Oklahoma, my colleague and I pass rolling hills, retention ponds, phone line maintenance, and cows. Just a few miles north is a Walmart and a Chinese restaurant, a Walgreens and a university. But here it’s land and homes and people. While […]

  • Feb212019
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    What Would a Citizen Do? Why we need to think about citizenship more broadly

    by Nivetha Nagarajan, Development Associate I was seven years old, in my second grade class, and we were voting on which book to read as a complement to our unit on democracy, citizenship, and American identity. I abstained from voting because I already knew I wasn’t an American citizen and wouldn’t have the right to […]

  • Feb202019
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    Generation Citizen Public Testimony on New York State Education Budget

  • Feb122019
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    GENERATION CITIZEN: The Power of Youth in Our Politics, a new book by Scott Warren

  • Feb072019
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    Thanks but No Thanks: What two senators got wrong about civics and how they can do better

    By Dana Harris, Advocacy Director There are few things that we, as an American population, nearly universally agree on. Yet, one of them is that civics education is a good thing. Prior to the 2016 elections, most people would call it an important subject but would fall short of thinking it was the most important. […]

  • Feb042019
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    GC Statement on Hate Crimes

    Last week, actor Jussie Smollett reported a violent physical attack he suffered that is currently being investigated as a hate crime. The attackers shouted racist and homophobic slurs and chanted ‘this is MAGA country,’ referring to President Trump’s slogan, Make America Great Again. Unfortunately, Smollett’s attack is not isolated, but rather part of a larger […]

  • Jan242019
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    An Open Eye to Many Possibilities

    The text of a Generation Citizen student, Lori Campbell: It all started when two NYU students came through the big blue doors at my school, and introduced themselves as “coaches of democracy, change and fellowship.” My first thought was “Who are these unfamiliar faces” then my second thought was “What do these people want from […]

  • Jan232019
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    TRIVIA FOR CHANGEMAKERS

  • Dec202018
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    MASSACHUSETTES STUDENT CHANGEMAKER ADDRESS

    Sharon Mejia Charlestown High SchoolBoston, MA My name is Sharon Mejia, I am an 11th grade student from Charlestown High School. I immigrated to the U.S. on my own when I was 13 from El Salvador and I first ended up in Texas, then Pennsylvania and finally here in Boston. Many students, such as myself, […]

  • Dec202018
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    RHODE ISLAND STUDENT CHANGEMAKER ADDRESS

  • Apr192019
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    A Solution for States with Skill Gaps in Workforce Development: How building civic skills and knowledge can prepare students to lift our economies

    by Amy Curran, Oklahoma Executive Director The United States faces a challenge to fill workforce development gaps as a result of the shift from the industrial age to the knowledge age. The need for a post-secondary degree or certification has become more important than ever. And, with the rising expense of degree programs, it is […]

  • Apr042019
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    Localizing College Civics: The need to engage college students in local government

    by Hannah Bigbee a Generation Citizen’s Student Leadership Board member Like many college campuses, the University of Oklahoma is seen as its own community by the students. Many students live, work, attend classes, and eat all of their meals while on campus. Because of this, the university becomes its own world. While having this community […]

  • Mar132019
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    Gentrification – A Student’s Perspective on The Intensification of Modern Displacement in New York City: How widespread gentrification is continuing to shape the future of our city

    By Ishrat Jahan, Student at Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science My name is Ishrat Jahan and I am a Junior at Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women in Brooklyn, New York. In our Generation Citizen class, my classmates and I chose gentrification as our focus issue because we believe […]

  • Feb282019
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    Why Do We Know So Little About County Government? Lessons from Ninnekah, Oklahoma

    By Elizabeth Sidler, Oklahoma Senior Program Associate Driving south on Old Highway 81 toward Ninnekah, Oklahoma, my colleague and I pass rolling hills, retention ponds, phone line maintenance, and cows. Just a few miles north is a Walmart and a Chinese restaurant, a Walgreens and a university. But here it’s land and homes and people. While […]

  • Feb212019
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    What Would a Citizen Do? Why we need to think about citizenship more broadly

    by Nivetha Nagarajan, Development Associate I was seven years old, in my second grade class, and we were voting on which book to read as a complement to our unit on democracy, citizenship, and American identity. I abstained from voting because I already knew I wasn’t an American citizen and wouldn’t have the right to […]

  • Feb072019
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    Thanks but No Thanks: What two senators got wrong about civics and how they can do better

    By Dana Harris, Advocacy Director There are few things that we, as an American population, nearly universally agree on. Yet, one of them is that civics education is a good thing. Prior to the 2016 elections, most people would call it an important subject but would fall short of thinking it was the most important. […]

  • Jan242019
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    An Open Eye to Many Possibilities

    The text of a Generation Citizen student, Lori Campbell: It all started when two NYU students came through the big blue doors at my school, and introduced themselves as “coaches of democracy, change and fellowship.” My first thought was “Who are these unfamiliar faces” then my second thought was “What do these people want from […]

  • Dec202018
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    Small Towns and Prodigious Minds: The Potential in Rural Communities

    By Megan Brandon, Regional Program Manager, Texas & National “Small town, country kids who lead a simple life.” This was just one of the many expressions often used to describe my former students from Bastrop, a small town of around 8,000 people, just 35 minutes east of Austin, TX, but it might as well be […]

  • Dec062018
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    Youth voter participation is not red or blue, it’s universal

    I have the privilege of working with middle and high school students across the state of Oklahoma. As a civics educator, I find myself constantly noticing where young people show up. During the build-up to the 2018 midterm election, I saw students where I always do — at the mall, in their schools, at athletic […]

  • Nov082018
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    Civic Dispositions and School Culture

    The conflict between youth civic engagement and anti-democratic educational environments I tried to find a way to start this without invoking the midterm election and all of the reports of “apathetic” voters. I promise I did. But before you stop reading, this might not go where you think it’s going to. I offer a challenge: […]

  • Nov082018
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    Drew Brees is a Populist

    Stick with me and I’ll explain What’s going on??? Grover Cleveland has just been sworn in to his second term as the 24th President of the United States, of which there are only 44. It is the second time he has been elected, making Benjamin Harrison the answer to the trivia question, “who is the only […]

  • Nov082018
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    Voter suppression by adults sends the wrong message to America’s young people

    Why restricting participation at the polls might discourage emerging civic actors Voter suppression teaches children that adults are not serious about preserving democracy for the emerging generation of voters. When eligible individuals follow all the rules and still struggle to obtain access to the ballot box, it sends the wrong signal to the nation’s young people. […]

  • Nov022018
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    Flip Your Ballot: GC Endorses All Three NYC Ballot Proposals

    On Thursday, October 25, 2018, Generation Citizen New York City submitted public comments to the Campaign Finance Board endorsing the three ballot proposals on the November 6, 2018 ballot. Read on! GC NYC participated in the 2018 Charter Revision Commission process, including by testifying before the 2018 New York City Charter Revision Commission (Commission) about […]

  • May012018
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    [podcast] Civics Disrupted: The Rise and Potential of Political Entrepreneurship

    Rising to meet the many social and political challenges facing our democracy is a new breed of innovator and disruptor. Political Entrepreneurs are addressing some of democracy’s most pressing challenges by delivering fresh and innovative ideas, products, and services. On Wednesday, April 25th Generation Citizen, brought together a panel of diverse civic disruptors to explore […]

  • Apr182018
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    Jury is More Than a Duty — It’s Civics in Action

    Jury is More Than a Duty — It’s Civics in Action How jury duty is a microcosm of our democracy by Nora Howe, New York Senior Program Associate Everyone assured me that I wouldn’t be picked. Or groaned when I told them I’d been summoned. When I walked to Brooklyn Superior Court with dozens of other New Yorkers […]

  • Mar052018
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    Young People Are Always at the Forefront of Political Change

    Young People Are Always at the Forefront of Political Change Lessons for Generation Citizen from Parkland by Scott Warren On February 14th, when I heard there had been another school shooting, I admit that I was simultaneously devastated and defeated. Crushed that yet another shooting had occurred, but already completely succumbed to a reality that nothing […]

  • Mar022018
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    Civics Education in the Classroom and Community

    Civics Education in the Classroom and Community Civics education must happen in school, as well as other community-rooted institutions. By Andrew Wilkes, Director of Policy and Advocacy Civics education must happen in schools. But it can, and must, also happen in community centers, congregations, labor unions, and other membership-driven organizations. One way to define civics […]

  • Feb232018
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    Our Students Respond to Parkland

    A message from Julian and A’niya, Generation Citizen’s Student Leadership Board Members There are no words to atone for the tragedy of 17 youth lives lost within a school’s walls. But we wanted to offer you all our thoughts. On behalf of Generation Citizen and our Student Leadership Board, our hearts go out to the […]

  • May142019
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    Talking Civics in the Nation’s Capitol

    Generation Citizen hosts Fireside Chat with John King, Education Trust President and former U.S. Secretary of Education Last month, Generation Citizen’s policy and advocacy department executed two public affairs events in Washington D.C. On April 4th, we convened a Fireside Chat with John King, President and CEO of the Education Trust and 10th U.S. Secretary […]

  • Mar262019
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    White Noise: A Fundraiser Hosted by the NYC Local Advisory Board

    Join us for a private evening of theater benefiting Generation Citizen. Generation Citizen New York City’s Local Advisory Board is excited to invite you to a private evening of theater to benefit Generation Citizen at The Public Theater on April 30th for the 7 pm performance of see “White Noise.” White Noise, Written by Suzan-Lori […]

  • Feb122019
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    GENERATION CITIZEN: The Power of Youth in Our Politics, a new book by Scott Warren

  • Jan232019
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    TRIVIA FOR CHANGEMAKERS

  • Nov082018
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    NEW REPORT: Through an Action Civics Lens – Policy and Advocacy to Support Effective Civics Education Across the 50 states

    Generation Citizen’s Policy and Advocacy Team is thrilled to be launching a report, “Through an Action Civics Lens: Policy and Advocacy to Support Effective Civics Education Across the 50 States” in tandem with our 2018-2019 Policy and Advocacy Agenda. You can find  the Report here and the Agenda here. Generation Citizen’s (GC) founding mission is […]

  • Nov022018
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    NYC Local Advisory Board Hype Man Performance

    The Generation Citizen New York City’s Local Advisory Board is excited to invite you to a private evening of theater to benefit Generation Citizen at The Flea Theater on Monday, November 12th for the 7pm performance of Hype Man, followed by a wine reception and talk back with the cast. The play by Idris Goodwin […]

  • Aug132018
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    GENERATION CITIZEN ANNOUNCES AIMEE SPRUNG AS MASSACHUSETTS BOARD CHAIR

    Generation Citizen (GC) is excited to welcome Aimee Sprung as the new Chairperson of the Massachusetts Board of Directors. As Generation Citizen Massachusetts enters a phase of rapid opportunity and growth, we are thrilled for Aimee to lead our local site to help us engage exponentially more young people in Action Civics and support the next […]

  • Jun142018
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    GC Student, Samara Henry, Testifies at the New York City Council Executive Budget Hearing

    On May 24th, 2018, Samara Henry, a student at the Bronx Academy of Letters, testified at the New York City Council Executive Budget Hearing. Here she explains the crucial role of Action Civics. Read on!   Good afternoon. Thank you for the opportunity to testify at today’s hearing. My name is Samara Henry and I […]

  • May302018
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    Civics Day: A Movement of Youth Civic Engagement Across the U.S.

    Watch: “Youth voices are the key to change for the future.”  Justice Paraiso-Caceres and GC Students Share Why Youth Voice Matters  Generation Citizen students are leading in their communities by tackling head-on difficult issues that impact their everyday lives: pollution, bullying, gun violence, school funding and many more. At Civics Day, our end-of-semester showcase event, […]

  • Apr042018
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    Generation Citizen Testimony to the New York City Council Education Committee

    On March 23, 2018, Generation Citizen NYC Program Director, Brooke Wallace, submitted public testimony about the New York City Council’s Education Committee Budget and the importance of having Action Civics in the classroom. Here she explains the crucial role Action Civics has in effectively addressing New York City’s civic participation problem. Read on! Good Morning […]

  • Apr042018
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    Emily Larcher Shares Public Testimony on the Importance of Action Civics Education

    On March 23, 2018, Generation Citizen NYC alumna, Emily Larcher, submitted public testimony to the New York City Council’s Education Committee. Here she explains her experience in a Generation Citizen class and how it empowered her to use her voice and become civically engaged after Generation Citizen. Read on! Testimony by Emily Larcher Freshman at […]

  • Feb142018
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    GC finds a new partner for civics education in NYC City Hall

    Generation Citizen applauds Mayor de Blasio for prioritizing democracy reform, including civics education, in his State of the City speech tonight. Nationwide, political disillusion, disengagement, and illiteracy are rampant across all age demographics, especially in local politics. These challenges are especially pronounced among young people. Nationally, only 8 percent of 18–24-year-olds voted in the 2014 […]

  • Feb012018
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    Action Civics Landscape

    Generation Citizen, in partnership with The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), has launched The Action Civics Landscape, a digital, interactive visualization of Action Civics and Action Civics-adjacent organizations. About the Map: Action Civics is defined by the National Action Civics Collaborative as “a student-centered, project-based […]

  • Jan182018
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    Call for Papers: ​Re-Imagining a 21st Century Democracy

    Re-Imagining a 21st Century Democracy is a pilot journal that will crowd-source ideas on how to improve democratic practice from a citizen-centric perspective. We are looking for new ideas on ways that communities can engage individuals in democracy and promote democratic behavior and values, whether through educational practices, grassroots mobilization, government initiatives, or other means (largely […]

  • Jan112018
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    GENERATION CITIZEN ANNOUNCES ELECTION OF KUNAL MODI AS CHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Generation Citizen (GC) is excited to announce that, as of January 1st, Kunal Modi is the new Chairperson of the National Board of Directors. As we enter into an ambitious three year strategic plan, we are thrilled that Kunal will help lead the organization to the next level as it seeks to transform the way […]

  • Jan082018
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    TEACHER MEETUP SPRING 2018

    CALLING ALL GENERATION CITIZEN EDUCATORS JOIN THE MEETUP AND FIND SUPPORT AND RESOURCES FOR TEACHING ACTION CIVICS THIS SEMESTER PURPOSE An Action Civics project can be challenging both for the students and the teacher. It requires a lot of planning and preparation by everyone involved and the implemented lessons and activities are often different than […]

  • Nov162017
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    Generation Citizen Selected as Partner in National Effort to Strengthen Relationships Across Young People’s Lives

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN (November 16, 2017)—Search Institute has selected Generation Citizen to be one of five national partners to co-create and test innovative ways to strengthen the relationships that young people in marginalized communities experience in their schools, programs, and families. Generation Citizen and the Massachusetts site will work with Search Institute to examine young people’s […]

  • Nov142017
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    Generation Citizen 2017 Annual Report

    We are excited to share our 2017 Annual Report. The report highlights key achievements from the past year, including our new three-year strategic plan, our advocacy work, and the many ways our students have gone Beyond the Ballot, turning political frustration into meaningful, passionate, sustained civic participation. Click here to read on.

  • Jul312018
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    What We’re Reading | July 31st, 2018

    Our favorite articles from recent weeks 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!   How […]

  • Mar192018
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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! The Power to Change the World: A Teaching […]

  • Jan112018
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    What We’re Reading

    Happy New Year! 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! Teaching Civics in a Hyperpartisan Climate, Education […]

  • Dec072017
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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! Don’t Stop the Presses! When Local News Struggles, […]

  • Nov222017
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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! Think Students Won’t Consider Opposite Political Views? Here’s […]

  • Nov022017
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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! Should we worry that half of Americans trust […]

  • 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 […]

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