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.
Since its launch in 2011, the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog has included more than 900 posts covering a wide range of topics and suggesting various strategies for deepening student engagement and learning.
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes enters its twentieth year of recognizing inspiring, public-spirited young people from across the United States and Canada. Established by author T. A. Barron, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders, aged 8 to 18, who have made a significant, positive difference to people and the environment.
The Comparative Constitutions Project (CCP) launched Constitutein collaboration with Google Ideas in 2013. Accessible in English, Spanish, and Arabic, Constitute is an online environment to read, search, and compare the world’s constitutions.