Welcome to our new subscribers from the College Board’s AP Conference in Washington, D.C.! Look for highlighted resources from the Civic Renewal Network’s 31 organizations, which cover K-12, and for information about professional development opportunities, webinars, student competitions, and more in our monthly newsletter and our website.

Curriculum Resources for Teaching About Refugees

Annenberg Learner has curated a list of resources for students and teachers about the global refugee crisis and the related topic of immigration. Engage students with activities, lesson plans, and other professional development resources about these topics.

For more resources on immigration, go here.

How to Teach Controversial Topics and Civil Debate

Discussing current events and controversial issues can be difficult for teachers. How can civil debate be fostered? How can critical thinking skills be incorporated? Classroom resources from numerous Civics Renewal Network partners have been compiled to make it easier to teachers to find what they need. Teachers can find materials for second through 12th grades.

Get Ready Right Now for Constitution Day

Here’s an easy way to check off Constitution Day on your back-to-school list. It takes less than 5 minutes to sign up your class or your school for the Civics Renewal Network’s Preamble Challenge. No ideas? No problem. We give you access to the free online Teacher Toolkit, which provides activities, videos, games and lesson plans for all grade levels.

News in the Network

Going to the NCSS Conference on Nov. 17-19 in San Francisco? Check out the sessions that CRN and its member organizations will be presenting. More sessions and information will be shared here in the next few months.

  • Civics Renewal Network: “Civics Is Cool Again: Debating Our Constitution”
  • Annenberg Learner: “Learning To Look and Listen: Teaching Forced Displacement Using Photographs.”
  • National Endowment for the Humanities’ EDSITEment: “Firing Up Students Through Oral History: Vietnam and School Desegregation”