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  • Jun022020
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    A just democracy is an antiracist democracy.

    Generation Citizen strongly condemns the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor,Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others before them. We stand in solidarity with the protesters and strongly support the #BlackLivesMatter movement. We demand an end to the structures that systematically threaten Black lives.  While many are feeling anxiety, anger, and grief right now, the […]

  • Jun022020
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    Take Action for the Movement for Black Lives

    Action steps we commit to taking in the moment, and in the future: Day of Action: our GC team will be taking a Day of Action on Thursday, June 4th in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives. We will be stepping away from the status quo in recognition that every person in our organization […]

  • May282020
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    Testimony by DeNora Getachew, New York City Executive Director to New York City Council

    Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony on behalf of Generation Citizen (“GC”) regarding the Fiscal Year 2021 Executive budget. My name is DeNora Getachew, and I am the New York Executive Director at Generation Citizen NY (“GCNY”). GC appreciates the Council’s $2,000,000 investment in youth civics education through Civics Education in City Schools […]

  • May072020
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    A Farewell from our Rhode Island Executive Director

  • Apr292020
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    Generation Citizen Urges Policymakers to Ensure Safe Elections

    At Generation Citizen, we believe that our democracy works best when everyone is prepared for civic participation in an inclusive political process. We address inequalities in civic learning by working with historically under-served youth populations in both rural and urban environments, to ensure that all students receive an effective Action Civics education.. The global COVID-19 […]

  • Apr162020
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    An Update on Generation Citizen’s Response to Covid-19

    Dear Generation Citizen Community- Last week, I joined a Zoom call with some of our young people – alumni of our GC program going back several years, calling in from places as diverse as Oklahoma City and Queens, NY and San Francisco – facilitated by our Student Leadership Board.  The students discussed how they were […]

  • Apr032020
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    Generation Citizen celebrates Utah’s enactment of pioneering civic engagement program pilot

    Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert exercises national leadership on civics education by signing HB 334 into law, authorizing a three-year, pilot civic engagement program calling for project-based civics, service learning, and local innovation SALT LAKE CITY, UT ―  On March 30, 2020, Governor Gary Herbert took a bold, transformative step forward on behalf of the […]

  • Mar112020
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    Generation Citizen applauds Utah legislature for passing innovative civic engagement program pilot

  • Mar102020
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    Impressive First Impressions: John Trasviña

  • Feb252020
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    I crunched the numbers. Your vote definitely matters.

  • Feb182020
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    Generation Citizen Public Testimony on New York State Education Budget

    Members of the Joint Budget Elementary and Secondary Education Committee: Thank you for the opportunity to submit budget testimony on behalf of Generation Citizen about the New York State Fiscal Year 2021 Education budget. Generation Citizen (“GC”) is a decade-old national nonprofit dedicated to bringing civics education back into the classroom through a new, engaging […]

  • Feb042020
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    Reflections and Recommendations for The Civics Education Field: Strengths, Challenges, and the Road Ahead

    Prepared by Scott Warren, Co-Founder, Generation Citizen, and Departing CEO Overview: For the past ten and a half years, I have served as the CEO of Generation Citizen (GC). GC has established itself as one of the largest and pre-eminent actors in the civics education field, leading programmatic work across the country, and developing a […]

  • Jan212020
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    Partisan Takes Won’t Define Nonpartisan Action Civics

    By Amy Curran, OK Executive Director, and Scott Warren, CEO (Editor’s note: The following commentary appears in response to a commentary published by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs’ Center for Independent Journalism criticizing the civics-education nonprofit Generation Citizen. OCPA’s center did not respond to a request that this piece be published on their site.) In the last 10 […]

  • Dec102019
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    Join us in Celebrating Our NY Change Makers!

  • Dec052019
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    Generation Citizen 2019 Annual Report

  • Nov272019
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    Thank You from Generation Citizen

  • Nov072019
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    A Note from Scott Warren on Generation Citizen’s Future

    I’m excited to officially announce that I’ll be transitioning out of Generation Citizen’s CEO role at the end of June, 2020.  This is, above all, a time for tremendous celebration.  Co-founding, growing, and leading GC has been the honor and privilege of my lifetime. If you had told me when I was graduating from college […]

  • Oct212019
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    In the eyes of a Democracy Coach

    A conversation with Charina Herrera in Rhode Island Name and Role with GC Charina Herrera, DC at Nathanael Greene Middle School, 8th grade classes.  Tell me a little bit about your background and where you’re from. I grew up in Providence, in the Washington Park neighborhood, and I think it was a nice place to grow up. […]

  • Apr292020
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    Generation Citizen Urges Policymakers to Ensure Safe Elections

    At Generation Citizen, we believe that our democracy works best when everyone is prepared for civic participation in an inclusive political process. We address inequalities in civic learning by working with historically under-served youth populations in both rural and urban environments, to ensure that all students receive an effective Action Civics education.. The global COVID-19 […]

  • Apr162020
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    An Update on Generation Citizen’s Response to Covid-19

    Dear Generation Citizen Community- Last week, I joined a Zoom call with some of our young people – alumni of our GC program going back several years, calling in from places as diverse as Oklahoma City and Queens, NY and San Francisco – facilitated by our Student Leadership Board.  The students discussed how they were […]

  • Mar102020
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    Impressive First Impressions: John Trasviña

  • Feb252020
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    I crunched the numbers. Your vote definitely matters.

  • Feb182020
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    Generation Citizen Public Testimony on New York State Education Budget

    Members of the Joint Budget Elementary and Secondary Education Committee: Thank you for the opportunity to submit budget testimony on behalf of Generation Citizen about the New York State Fiscal Year 2021 Education budget. Generation Citizen (“GC”) is a decade-old national nonprofit dedicated to bringing civics education back into the classroom through a new, engaging […]

  • Feb042020
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    Reflections and Recommendations for The Civics Education Field: Strengths, Challenges, and the Road Ahead

    Prepared by Scott Warren, Co-Founder, Generation Citizen, and Departing CEO Overview: For the past ten and a half years, I have served as the CEO of Generation Citizen (GC). GC has established itself as one of the largest and pre-eminent actors in the civics education field, leading programmatic work across the country, and developing a […]

  • Jan212020
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    Partisan Takes Won’t Define Nonpartisan Action Civics

    By Amy Curran, OK Executive Director, and Scott Warren, CEO (Editor’s note: The following commentary appears in response to a commentary published by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs’ Center for Independent Journalism criticizing the civics-education nonprofit Generation Citizen. OCPA’s center did not respond to a request that this piece be published on their site.) In the last 10 […]

  • Jul022019
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    The Importance of High-Quality Professional Development

    How we can get the most out of Professional Development that values teachers as the professionals they are By Lily Macias, Summer Program Fellow at Generation Citizen Oklahoma Remember those days in school when you had a substitute teacher, or maybe a late start, early release, or even an entire day off, because your teachers […]

  • 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: […]

  • May072020
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    A Farewell from our Rhode Island Executive Director

  • Apr292020
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    Generation Citizen Urges Policymakers to Ensure Safe Elections

    At Generation Citizen, we believe that our democracy works best when everyone is prepared for civic participation in an inclusive political process. We address inequalities in civic learning by working with historically under-served youth populations in both rural and urban environments, to ensure that all students receive an effective Action Civics education.. The global COVID-19 […]

  • Apr032020
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    Generation Citizen celebrates Utah’s enactment of pioneering civic engagement program pilot

    Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert exercises national leadership on civics education by signing HB 334 into law, authorizing a three-year, pilot civic engagement program calling for project-based civics, service learning, and local innovation SALT LAKE CITY, UT ―  On March 30, 2020, Governor Gary Herbert took a bold, transformative step forward on behalf of the […]

  • Mar112020
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    Generation Citizen applauds Utah legislature for passing innovative civic engagement program pilot

  • Feb042020
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    Reflections and Recommendations for The Civics Education Field: Strengths, Challenges, and the Road Ahead

    Prepared by Scott Warren, Co-Founder, Generation Citizen, and Departing CEO Overview: For the past ten and a half years, I have served as the CEO of Generation Citizen (GC). GC has established itself as one of the largest and pre-eminent actors in the civics education field, leading programmatic work across the country, and developing a […]

  • Dec102019
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    Join us in Celebrating Our NY Change Makers!

  • Nov072019
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    A Note from Scott Warren on Generation Citizen’s Future

    I’m excited to officially announce that I’ll be transitioning out of Generation Citizen’s CEO role at the end of June, 2020.  This is, above all, a time for tremendous celebration.  Co-founding, growing, and leading GC has been the honor and privilege of my lifetime. If you had told me when I was graduating from college […]

  • Jun262019
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    Oklahoma Student Shares Her Message of Action Civics

    Claire Hopper Alcott Middle SchoolNorman, OK Good morning! My name is Claire Hopper and I go to Alcott Middle School in Norman, Oklahoma. First of all, I want to thank you all and I want to thank Generation Citizen for this opportunity on being apart of Civics Day. I also want to thank Ms. Maynard […]

  • Jun252019
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    Texas Student Change Maker Addresses

    Serena Galloway-Mark Serena Galloway-MarkAustin, TX Good morning! My name is Serena Galloway-Mark. I am a 7th grader at Kealing middle school I am honored to receive this award. It has been a long journey this semester. at the beginning when my class was voting on our issue it was 4 votes for housing affordability and […]

  • Jun252019
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    Rhode Island Student Change Maker Address

    Jaliana Lovelace Roger Williams Middle SchoolProvidence, RI Good Morning ladies and gentlemen my name is Jaliana Lovelace I am an 8th grade student at  Roger Williams Middle School and I was born and raised in Providence Rhode Island. I just want to start off by saying I was so nervous but excited when I found […]

  • Jun252019
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    Massachusetts Student Change Maker Address

    Lucas DeLeon Methuen High SchoolMethuen, MA When I first heard my class was participating in Generation Citizen I thought the project would be fun, but, why did I want to put in the effort? It was junior year, I was doing well enough, but why would I want to put in more effort? I didn’t […]

  • Jun252019
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    New York Student Change Maker Address

    Nizayah Idlet Queens Preparatory AcademyQueens, NY Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen… My name is Nizayah Idlet and I’m a Sophomore at Queens Preparatory Academy. Before I begin today I would like to honor the people who have worked with me and helped me progress to this point in my school career. Ms, Ng-A-Qui my Chemistry […]

  • Jun252019
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    California Student Change Maker Address

    Camille Moraven Willard Middle School Berkeley, CA Hi my name is Camille Moraven. I am a 14-year-old 8th grader from Berkeley and I attend Willard Middle School. ~ Did you know that almost 20% of people living in Berkeley are living in poverty? What about the fact that 20% of Berkeley’s population are also immigrants? […]

  • 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 […]

  • Jan212020
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    Partisan Takes Won’t Define Nonpartisan Action Civics

    By Amy Curran, OK Executive Director, and Scott Warren, CEO (Editor’s note: The following commentary appears in response to a commentary published by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs’ Center for Independent Journalism criticizing the civics-education nonprofit Generation Citizen. OCPA’s center did not respond to a request that this piece be published on their site.) In the last 10 […]

  • 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 […]

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