Civics Education Programs
Below is a selected listing of links to
major national civics resources.
- American Bar
Association Special Committee on Youth Education for
Citizenship - The mission of the American Bar
Association's Division for Public Education is to promote
public understanding of the law and its role in society.
Speaks - American Speaks is committed to engaging
citizen voices in local, regional and national governance in
new ways. Their approach integrates
technologies with face-to-face deliberative process to
promote citizen governance, deliberation and collaborative,
of Rights Institute - Founded in 1999, the Bill of
Rights Institute's mission is to educate high school
students about the Bill of Rights through classroom material
and programs that teach:
--what the Bill of Rights
protects, both explicitly and implicitly,
--how the Bill
of Rights affects our daily lives, and
--and how the
Bill of Rights shapes our society.
- Campus Compact -
Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 740
college and university presidents committed to the civic
purposes of higher education. To support this civic mission,
Campus Compact promotes community service that develops
students' citizenship skills and values, encourages
partnerships between campuses and communities and assists
faculty who seek to integrate public and community
engagement into their teaching and research.
- Center for Civic Education
The Center specializes in civic/citizenship education,
law-related education, and international educational
exchange programs for developing democracies. Programs focus
on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights; American
political traditions and institutions at the federal, state,
and local levels; constitutionalism; civic participation;
and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
- Center for Civic
Networking - The Center for Civic
Networking (CCN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
dedicated to putting information infrastructure to work for
community economic development and civic
- Character Counts
- The Character Counts is
a nonpartisan, nonsectarian coalition of schools,
communities and noprofit organizations working to advance
character education by teaching the Six Pillars of
Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility,
fairness, caring, citizenship.
- Civic Practices
Network - Civic Practices network (CPN) is a
collaborative and nonpartisan project bringing together a
diverse array of organizations and perspectives within the
new citizenship movement. It is designed to bring schooling
for active citizenship into the information age.
- Civnet is a website of Civitas International for
civic education practitioners
trainers, curriculum designers), as well as scholars, policy
makers, civic-minded journalists, and non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) promoting civic education all over the
- Close Up
Foundation - The Close Up Foundation works to
promote responsible and informed participation in the
democratic process through a variety of
- Constitutional Rights
Foundation - Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF)
is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization
dedicated to educating America's young people about the
importance of civic participation in a democratic society.
Under the guidance of a Board of Directors chosen from the
worlds of law, business, government, education, the media,
and the community, CRF develops, produces, and distributes
programs and materials to teachers, students, and
public-minded citizens all across the nation.
- DEBATE/LEGAL RESEARCH
The following web sites
are recommended for legal research. They are especially
helpful for student debaters, those working on mock trials,
and those involved in Youth Court or any other law-related
is the highest-trafficked legal Web site, providing
the most comprehensive set of legal resources on the
Internet for legal professionals, businesses, students
and individuals. These resources include Web search
utilities, cases and codes, and legal news. Easy to
LawCrawler is a search engine that searches legal
links to legal information websites, arranged by
subject and jurisdictional categories.
access to LEXIS-NEXIS® case law dating back to 1996,
with U.S. Supreme Court decisions from 1790.
is the only official U.S. Government portal to 47
million pages of government information, services, and
online transactions. The site offers a powerful search
engine that searches every word of every U.S.
government document in a quarter of a second or less.
FirstGov.gov also features a topical index, online
transactions, links to state and local government,
options to contact your government, and other tools.
Access provides free electronic access to information
products produced by the Federal Government. The
information provided on this site is the official,
published version and the information retrieved from
GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless
specifically noted. GPO Access databases include
popular regulatory materials such as the Federal
Register and The Code of Federal Regulations, and
critical Congressional products such as the
Congressional Record and Congressional Bills.
provides detailed information about federal bills and
their legislative history.
Information Institute hosted by Cornell Law School
provides access to a wide range of legal
Arsalyn's Democracy in Action civic
education project brings high school students trained by
their teachers into elementary schools to teach students
about democracy and voting. Democracy in Action entails four
lessons addressing key aspects of American citizenship and a
fifth session devoted to a voting simulation with real
voting equipment. The voting simulation is timed to coincide
with real elections. Participating students simulate voting
on the same candidates/initiatives as qualified voters in
their area. For more information on Democracy in Action, see
Do Something is a nationwide network of
young people who know they can make a difference and take
action to change the world around them. As part of the Do
Something program in schools, young people join together to
identify the issues that are most important to them and
create community projects to turn their ideas into action.
Do Something provides resources and support to help young
people take meaningful community action.
Information Center -
The mission of the ERIC system
is to improve American education by increasing and
facilitating the use of educational research
information to improve practice in learning, teaching,
educational decision making, and research, wherever and
whenever these activities take place.
Educators for Social
ESR's mission is to make teaching
social responsibility a core practice in education so that
young people develop the convictions and skills needed to
shape a safe, sustainable, democratic, and just
Amendment Schools - First Amendment Schools:
Educating for Freedom and Responsibility, co-sponsored by
the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
(ASCD) and the First Amendment Center, is a national
initiative designed to transform how schools model and teach
the rights and responsibilities of citizenship that frame
civic life in our democracy.
Answer - Freedom's Answer is a non-partisan,
non-profit program designed to organize high school students
as part of an effort to increase voter turnout. High school
students will be organized in schools to do three things:
Register eligible classmates, contact neighbors to get them
registerd and voting, and volunteer to serve as non-partisan
poll workers on Election Day.
- Kids Voting USA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots
dedicated to securing democracy for the
future by involving youth in the election process today.
Law-Related Education Resources- See
of Women Voters
- The League of Women Voters, a
nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed
and active participation of citizens in
to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and
influences public policy through education and
Delta Law Fraternity
- Phi Alpha Delta is the
world's largest Law Fraternity. Its extensive network of law
students, attorneys, judges and legal educators can help
answer questions about law school and career options within
the legal arena.
- Project Vote Smart is a national library of
factual information on over 13,000 elected offices and
candidates for public office --- President, Governors,
Congress and State Legislatures.Candidates are covered in
five basic areas: backgrounds, issue positions, voting
records, campaign finances and the performance evaluations
made on them by over 100 conservative to liberal special
State of the
- The site contains a wealth of information on
actual candidates, as well as "election FAQs," a collection
of frequently asked questions that pertain to topics such as
voter registration and absentee voting.
- Teaching Tolerance is a national education project
dedicated to helping teachers foster equity, respect and
understanding in the classroom and beyond.
Action News & Network
-The Teledemocarcy Action
News & Network (TAN&N is the website of the Global
Democracy is dedicated to the creative use of modern
technologies (ICT) and face-to-face deliberative techniques
in all forms that directly empower citizens to have
authentic input into political systems at all levels of
governance around the world
- This site is a comprehensive introduction to the
organization and workings of the United Nations.
Politicians of America
- The Young Politicians of
American is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded to
expand the democratic experience to the youth of our
society. Their goal is to further democracy, participation
in government, and good citizenship. Through nationwide
clubs, the YPA seeks to spread its word of youth empowerment
by combining community service and political
- Youth Service America (YSA) is a
resource center and alliance of organizations committed to
increasing the quantity and quality of
young Americans to serve locally, nationally, or
Zaricor Collection consists of over 1000 flags and 200 flag
related items. It is eclectic assemblage covering flags from
the late 18th century to contemporary times. There are over
350 U.S. flags, including a unique Civil War collection and
numerous U.S. military flags. Zaricor Flag
- The Zaricor Flag Trust has agreed to loan
out a limited number of flags from its American Historical
Collection for display at qualified events.
For additional information,
please call Perry S. Krevat at 973-473-5042.
State Civics Education
Below is a selected listing of links to major state civics
- Action Plan - Alaska Democracy Project: Citizens for a New Millennium - The Alaska Democracy Project was initiated by Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer
during 2001. A task force of educators and community leaders developed
this comprehensive action plan with ideas intended to complement and
enhance a sustained K-12 standards-based civics and government
State Community Service Commission - Learn and Serve
Alaska Program. This program engages students in structured,
hands-on service projects that meet community needs and, at the
same time, helps participants develop personal, civic and academic
- Alaska Close Up
Program - Close Up is a rigorous week-long academic
learning experience in Juneau, our state capital.
- Association of Alaska
Student Governments - The mission of the Alaska
Association of Student Governments is to provide leadership
training, communication, and a student voice for all its members
at a local, state, and national level.
North Star School District Service Learning Page - This
page is a good school district model for service learning
contacts. Service Learning opportunities are set up by cause and
grade level. There are helpful links with contact persons listed
for every agency represented, plus links to ideas for new projects
and information about ones that have been done in the
- Junior Achievement
- The mission of Junior Achievement is to ensure that every child
in America has a fundamental understanding of the free enterprise
United Nations of Alaska - Model UN of Alaska is an
opportunity to participate in a simulation of one or more of the
bodies of the United Nations. It typically focuses on a specific
issue or set of issues.
Studies Framework - This publication of the Alaska
Department of Education & Early Development includes the
government/citizenship standards as well as instructional and
assessment approaches related to these standards. Additionally, it
includes civic resources and content information on all of the
social studies standards.
Court - Contact information for Alaska Youth Courts can be
found at this site.