NCSS Conference, 13 Colonies, Our Government

Stop by the Civics Renewal Network Village in the exhibit hall at the NCSS Conference on Nov. 22-23 in Austin, Texas. Teachers will find hundreds of classroom resources and civics programs at our partners’ booths, and we’ll have great giveaways. Also, explore resources on the thirteen colonies and our heritage of democracy.

Visit Us at the NCSS Conference in Austin

Look for the Civics Renewal Network Village in the exhibit hall at the NCSS Conference on Nov. 22-23 in Austin, Texas. Teachers will find hundreds of classroom resources and civics programs at our partners’ booths, and we’ll have great giveaways.

Also don’t miss Session #234: Get ready for the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment! Friday, Nov. 22, 1-1:55pm in Room 18C Level 4, Austin Convention Center.

A Roundup of 2020 Summer Institutes

We’re compiling a list of summer institutes and professional development offered by Civics Renewal Network partners. Check back often as more institutes will be added in the coming months. George Washington’s Mount Vernon Apply to attend a professional development program that delivers deep content, classroom-ready resources, and strategies for connecting Washington and his 18th-century world […]

Apply for National Constitution Center Summer Institutes

Join teachers from across the country and constitutional scholars from across the philosophical spectrum for a weeklong Summer Teacher Institute at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Two institutes will be offered on Federalism; one on the First Amendment; and one on Battles for Freedom and Equality. Funding is available to cover a significant portion of lodging and some travel expenses. Go here to learn more.

Civics Advocacy Resources: Opinion, Editorials

The Civics Renewal Network’s mission is to bring attention to the importance of civics education in our nation. In our three-part series of Civics Advocacy Resources, we’re providing a sample of op-eds, editorials and articles that explain why an engaged and informed citizenry is vital to a functioning democracy. You will also find inspirational quotes […]

Civics Advocacy Resources: How-To Toolkit

As part of the Civics Renewal Network’s Civics Advocacy Resources, we provide a how-to toolkit from the Constitutional Rights Foundation, a CRN partner, for those interested in becoming an advocate for civics education in their schools and communities. The toolkit offers templates for creating a petition; writing a letter to the editor; use of social […]

Civics Advocacy Resources: Research

The Civics Renewal Network’s mission is to bring attention to the importance of civics education in our nation. We provide these civics advocacy resources for teachers, parents and members of the public who are similarly concerned about the state of civics education in our schools. Included in these resources, you will find research and studies […]

Women’s Suffrage Posters & Displays

In September, the National Archives’ Rightfully Hers pop-up displays began arriving at schools and cultural institutions nationwide. The display contains simple messages about the expansion of the vote to millions of women, before and after the 19th Amendment, and its impact today. The ratification of the 19th Amendment was a landmark moment in American history that dramatically changed the electorate. It enshrined in the United States Constitution fuller citizenship for women and a more expansive democracy for the nation. We’ve been delighted to see these “pop-ups” in schools, libraries, and cultural institutions around the country after we offered a limited number last year. If you didn’t receive one, you can download the high-resolution posters for your school or institution from our website.

Virtual Supreme Court Competition for High School Students

ConSource and the Harlan Institute announce their Seventh Annual Virtual Supreme Court Competition for high school students. Teams of two students have the opportunity to research cutting-edge constitutional law, write persuasive appellate briefs, argue against other students through video chats, and try to persuade a panel of esteemed attorneys during oral argument that their side is correct. This year the competition focuses on Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. The question: Resolved: Does it violate the free exercise clause of the First Amendment to invalidate a generally available and religiously neutral student-aid program simply because the program affords students the choice of attending religious schools? Go here to learn more.