New Partners, More Great Resources

Resources from new partners Core Knowledge Foundation, Florida Joint Center on Citizenship at the Lou Frey Institute, and A Lesson on Benjamin Franklin’s ‘Project for Moral Perfection.’

Lou Frey Institute Is New Partner in CRN

The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship at the Lou Frey Institute has joined the Civics Renewal Network, becoming the 33rd member. The organization promotes the development of enlightened, responsible and actively engaged citizens.

Core Knowledge Foundation Joins Civics Renewal Network

The Civics Renewal Network is pleased to announce that the Core Knowledge Foundation has joined the network. The Foundation’s curriculum covers a range of social studies topics for the upper elementary and middle school levels. The Foundation states that its mission “is to advance excellence and equity in education for all children. To achieve this mission, we offer detailed curricular guidance and materials to schools, teachers, parents, and policymakers — to anyone who believes, as we do, that every child in a diverse democracy deserves access to enabling knowledge. Look for its resources here.

Lesson Guide for Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Series

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ EDSITEment project has launched an educational portal for Ken Burns’ 10-part Vietnam War documentary, which tells the story of one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history. The lessons are organized by the themes that cover the war’s key events and initiatives. Iconic music from the era, audio recordings from inside the Johnson and Nixon administrations, and interviews from those who lived the war draw students into the conflict and related controversies. The portal contains 29 lessons with video clips from the series, most of which can be completed in a classroom period or two. The lessons have been developed for grades 9-12 and can be easily adapted for other grades.

Black History Month, Presidents Day, Summer Programs

Check out upcoming summer programs and explore resources on the student free speech case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969), Black History Month and Presidents Day.

Learn About the Digital Public Library of America

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania highlights a great resource, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), in a blog post. The DPLA is a free, national digital library that gives you access to more than 20.6 million items from more than 2,900 libraries, archives and museums. The website includes Primary Sources Sets for educators and students in secondary and higher education that feature 120 topic-based “highlight reels” of primary source images, documents, and text excerpts, audio/video clips, and more. These sets feature interdisciplinary topics related to U.S. history, American literature, world history, history of science and technology, and art history. They will help your students contextualize literature, build their independent research skills and enhance critical thinking skills. To read the full blog post, go here.

1,000 Redesigned Constitutions Distributed to Teachers

ThoughtMatter, a New York-based branding and design firm, redesigned the Constitution with the goal of making it more modern, accessible and engaging to the public, especially younger people, through the use of color and dynamic images.