Network That Facilitates Learning About the Foundation of Democracy
The Civics Renewal Network is a consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the United States by increasing the quality of civics education in the nation’s schools and improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost learning materials. On the organization’s website, teachers will find resources from these organizations, searchable by subject, grade, resource type, standards, and teaching strategy. For example, Microsoft’s Skypein the Classroom has partnered with Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to bring a freevirtual field trip to K–12 students. The virtual field trip lasts about 45 minutes, during which time a Monticello educator talks to the class about Jefferson’s home, using images, props, and an online virtual tour of the first floor, cellar, and kitchen. Students can also ask the educator questions about Jefferson’s mountaintop home. Another of the network’s offerings is Hamilton in Monticello, a webpage where teachers will find resources on Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and other main players in “Hamilton: An American Musical.” Students can learn more about the history behind the play and find out how Monticello ties in with events from the musical using actual lyrics from the show.
The world’s most famous citadel, the Acropolis of Athens, was built in Ancient Greece in the fifth century BCE. With the freeAcropolis Interactive 3D app, students can explore this great work of architecture along with events of the past.
The Bill of Rights Institute rewards students who rise to the challenge of tackling some of the most compelling questions of our time. This year’s We the Students Essay Contest challenges students to tell what civil discourse means to them.
The New Leaders Initiative offers innovative youth programming across the United States, with the goal of engaging, growing, and supporting environmental and social justiceyouth activists so that they can reach the highest version of themselves.