Programs Encouraging Youth to Become Informed Citizens
During the week of November 4, 2018, students and teachers can join other school groups from around the nation for a once-in-a-lifetime experience through Close Up’s Election Week Programs. Close Up’s Student Programs for middle school and high school focus on civics, political efficacy, and skill development. Highlights include an exclusive election issues seminar with Washington insiders; student-led hot topics debate; election night results party; mock Congress simulation; Arlington Cemetery, memorial and monument study visits; theater night; and much more. The full schedule of events planned for Election Week is posted online. Close Up’s Teacher Program runs parallel to the student programs. The organization welcomes individual educators, adults, and parents to enroll in the Teacher Program and gain professional development, educational resources, and unique insights into the history of the United States. Registration for Close Up’s Election Week Programs is open until September 8, 2018. Close Up provides need-based tuition assistance based on family income and total number of participants per school.
The renewed focus on civics education in this country provides a promising path for readying students for the challenges of twenty-first century citizenship. The Council on Foreign Relations has created a free curriculum to facilitate this critical work. Educators are invited to explore the library of curriculum units—Global Era Issues; Regions of the World; and How the World Works—and Sometimes Doesn’t.
Apply today for the Sphere Summit: Teaching Civic Culture Together 2021. The annual Sphere Summit is a full-scholarship professional development program for educators of grades 5–12 that will take place June 27–July 1 and July 25–July 29 in Washington, DC. The summit will offer a hybrid experience, which will allow for both in-person and online attendance.
This summer, educators can join other teachers from around the country and constitutional scholars from across the philosophical spectrum for virtual summer educator programs with the National Constitution Center.