The Civics Renewal Network is an alliance of 31 nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations that provide free online classroom resources for civics education. A founding group of organizations gathered in April 2013 during a Civics Summit convened at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Sharing the belief that understanding the Constitution plays a vital role in creating knowledgeable and engaged citizens, they agreed to work together as the Civics Renewal Network to raise the visibility of civics education and to make high-quality resources more accessible to teachers through a one-stop website. The network partners also will collaborate on developing resources in the future and on events such as Constitution Day.
When the Constitutional Convention ended in Philadelphia, a bystander asked Benjamin Franklin: “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin answered: “A republic, if you can keep it.” Today, the Civics Renewal Network says: A republic, if we can teach it.