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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Jun142017
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    Action civics: A bold and necessary response to our nation’s failing civics education

    Back in April, The National Review published an article, “Failing the Civics Test, Coast to Coast,” by Grant Addison, which welcomes the Citizenship Test as a graduation requirement in response to the lack civic knowledge among Americans’ and particularly, young Americans. Seeking the most effective ways to build civic knowledge and skills, we at Generation […]

  • Jun132017
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    WATCH: Highlights from Oklahoma’s Inaugural Civics Day

      And here are recaps of each class project that won an award: POLLUTION IN DRINKING WATER NORMAN NORTH HIGH SCHOOL, MS. JOHNSON’S 12TH GRADE CLASS Students were concerned with the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous pollution in Lake Thunderbird, the primary source of drinking water for the City of Norman. They want to provide […]

  • 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, […]

  • Jun082017
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    Testimony to NYS Education Commissioner of the Board of Regents

    Testimony to be delivered by DeNora Getachew, Executive Director of Generation Citizen, New York to New York State Education Commissioner Elia and Members of the Board of Regents   Re: Civics Education in Draft New York State ESSA Plan June 6, 2017 Dear Commissioner Elia and Members of the Board of Regents: Generation Citizen (“GC”) […]

  • 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 […]

  • May192017
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    WE’RE HIRING A New York City Program Director

    Generation Citizen New York City Program Director Generation Citizen (GC) is excited to announce that we are looking for an exceptional leader to join our team as the New York Program Director. The Program Director will guide the strategy and development of action civics programming across New York City, working directly with a local site team as […]

  • May182017
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    Action Civics: To lead change, we must first teach it

    Action Civics: To lead change, we must first teach it An Oklahoma Board Member’s view on democracy in action Our democracy relies on participation and adequate pluralism. Generation Citizen Oklahoma Local Board Member, Nyla Khan reflects on how civics education can achieve this as evidenced by students at Generation Citizen Oklahoma’s inaugural Civics Day in this article, […]

  • May172017
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    Youth Leaders: Join Us in Rhode Island this Summer and Make a Difference in the Community.

    If you asked my teachers and peers what I was like in middle and high school many would describe me as a “free spirit”, “collaborative”, “strong willed”, and “opinionated.” I loved learning, but also liked to ask questions. I participated in the traditional leadership opportunities in school such as student government, but when the school […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • May092017
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    Expert Insight In the Classroom

    Expert Insight in the Classroom: A Q&A with John Wesley, a Rhode Island policy expert who speaks with GC classes working to address domestic violence By Molly Cohen In order to get current, local information about the problem they want to tackle, all GC classes interview community experts. We’re grateful to the elected officials, community members, […]

  • 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 […]

  • May022017
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    We’re Hiring a Central Texas Program Associate

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

  • Apr272017
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    We’re Hiring a Central Texas Community Ambassador VISTA

      Generation Citizen Central Texas Community Ambassador VISTA Generation Citizen (GC) is excited to announce that we are looking for an exceptional person to join our team as the Central Texas Community Ambassador VISTA! Did you know that on every measure of civic engagement, Texas ranks at the bottom of the list? At Generation Citizen, […]

  • 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 […]

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