Champions

Champions Champions

All hands are needed at this challenging moment. The renewal of history and civics will require a sweeping national commitment; within and outside of schools, in our homes, offices, and community spaces.

The organizations listed below have signed on to be Champions of Educating for American Democracy (EAD) and stand in agreement that K–12 education plays a pivotal role in ensuring the next generation is prepared to strengthen and sustain our constitutional democracy. These organizations support the EAD approach and the collective, cross-ideological expertise that has informed the resources put forth towards achieving this goal.

Statements of Support

The individual opinions expressed in these statements of support does not necessarily reflect the official views or position of their organization or employer.

Kimberly EckertPlay Video

Kimberly Eckert

Director of Educator Development and 2018 Louisiana Teacher of the Year, Louisiana Department of Education and West Baton Rouge Schools.
Johnnie MoorePlay Video

Johnnie Moore

Founder and CEO of The KAIROS Company, President of The Congress of Christian Leaders
Van JonesPlay Video

Van Jones

CNN Host and Dream Corps Founder
Stephanie SimpsonPlay Video

Stephanie Simpson

CEO, Association for Middle Level Education
Jen ReidelPlay Video

Jen Reidel

Teacher, Bellingham School District, Washington
Ian RowePlay Video

Ian Rowe

Co-Founder of Vertex Partnership Academies, AEI Resident Fellow, and 1776 Unites Senior Visiting Fellow.
Jay PeledgePlay Video

Jay Peledge

Teacher, Lincoln Public Schools, Massachusetts
Stephanie SperberPlay Video

Stephanie Sperber

Teacher, Connecticut
Allen GuelzoPlay Video

Allen Guelzo

Senior Research Scholar, The Council of the Humanities, Princeton University
Jill LeporePlay Video

Jill Lepore

Kemper Professor of American History and Affiliate Professor of Law, Harvard
Nathan McAlisterPlay Video

Nathan McAlister

Teacher, SHS Vikings, Kansas
David BobbPlay Video

David Bobb

President, Bill of Rights Institute
Averill KelleyPlay Video

Averill Kelley

CSIEME Doctoral Student and Former Educator, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Clark County School District
Janisha MuscoPlay Video

Janisha Musco

Teacher, Summer Grove Elementary, Louisiana
Anne Marie SlaughterPlay Video

Anne Marie Slaughter

CEO, New America

Our Champions

ABOTA Foundation
Advanced Studies in Culture Foundation
Albert Shanker Institute
America's Voice Project - Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University
American Antiquarian Society
American Association for State And Local History
American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
American Battlefield Trust
American Bar Association
American Federation of Teachers
American Historical Association
American Political Science Association
American School Counselor Association
Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin
Arab American National Museum
Arizona Civic Coalition
Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program
Association for Middle Level Education
Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
ASU School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
Autry Museum of the American West
Big Picture Learning
Bill of Rights Institute
BridgeUSA
Cambridge Public Schools
Campus Compact
CASEL
Center for Civic Education
Center for Rural Strategies
Choices Program
Circle
Citizens High School & Social Justice Academy
Civic Education Center
Civic Engagement Research Group, UC Riverside
Civic Life Project
Civic Spirit
Civics Unplugged
Close Up Foundation
Coalition for Service-Learning
College Promise
Common Sense
Commonwealth Club of California
Connecticut Democracy Center
Conner Prairie Museum
Constitutional Rights Foundation
Core Knowledge Foundation
Count Every Hero
Council of State Archivists (CoSA)
Culture Talk
Democracy Prep Public Schools
Democratic Knowledge Project at Harvard University's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
Discovering Justice
EDGE Consulting Partners
Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
EDSITEment
Educating All Learners
Education Trust
Educational Testing Service
EL Education
Emerging America
Everyday Democracy
FableVision Studios
Facing History and Ourselves
Fayetteville Public Schools
Federation of State Humanities Councils
First Amendment Museum
Firsthand Learning
Flag Steward
Ford's Theatre Society
Former Members of Congress Association
Forum for Democracy USA
Frances Perkins Center
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (FFVF)
Generation Nation
GeoCivics
George Washington's Mount Vernon
Georgia Center for Civic Engagement
Girl Scouts of the USA
The History Co:Lab’s
Guardians of Democracy Teachers
High Resolves
Hipocampo Children's Books LLC
Human Rights Educators USA
iCivics
Illinois Civics Hub
Indiana Bar Foundation, Inc.
Indiana Historical Society
InnovateEDU
Institute for Classical Education
Institute for Democracy & Higher Education
Intrepid Museum
InquirED
Inquiring Minds
ISTE
iThrive Games
Jack Miller Center
James Madison Center for Civic Engagement
James Madison's Montpelier
John Marshall Center for Constitutional History and Civics
Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy
Ken Burns UNUM
KidCitizen
KnowledgeWorks
Learning Disabilities Association of America
Learning Disabilities Association of America
Learning to Give
Lincoln Presidential Foundation
Listen First Project
Listen First Project
Local Civics
Los Angeles County of Education
Made By Us
Maryland Council for Civic and History Education
Massachusetts Historical Society
Michigan Center for Civic Education
Mikva Challenge
Museum of the American Revolution
National Alliance of Black School Educators
National Archives Foundation
National Association for Media Literacy Education
National Association of Counties
National Association of Elementary School Principals
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Conference on Citizenship
National Constitution Center
National Council for Geography Education
National Council for History Education
National Council for the Social Studies
National Council of Teachers of English
National Education Association
National History Day
National Humanities Alliance
National Issues Forums Institute
National Rural Education Association
National Rural Education Association
National Speech & Debate Association
National Urban League
National Urban League
National Youth Leadership Council
New America
New American History
New Hampshire Historical Society
New York City Department of Education
New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education
New-York Historical Society
New York Public Library
YVote/ Next Generation Politics
NJ Youth Civics Coalition
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center
OpenMind
Organization of American Historians
Our Common Purpose
Pembroke College, University of Oxford (Director of Quill Project and ConSource)
Penn State McCourtney Institute for Democracy
PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization)
Playworks
RAND Corporation
Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement
Re-imagining Migration
Retro Report
Rhizome
America's Voice Project - Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University
Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
School House Connection
Social Science Education Consortium, Inc.
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
Stanford History Education Group
State of the Students
State Historical Society of Iowa
South Dakota State Historic Society
StoryWorks Theater
Strawbery Banke Museum
Street Law Inc.
PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs
Student Voice
Teachers as Scholars Inc.
Teachers Institute of Philadlephia (TIP)
Teaching American History
ThinkerAnalytix
The American Revolution Institute
The Annenberg Public Policy Center
The Center for Black Educator Development
The Center for Political Thought and Leadership
The Citizens Campaign
The Learning Accelerator
The News Literacy Project
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Tisch College, Tufts University
Turnaround for Children
TrueFiktion LLC
Unidos
United 4 Social Change
University of Central Florida Lou Frey Institute
Utah Center for Civic Improvement
University of Chicago Civic Knowledge Project
US Capitol Historical Society
Vote the Future Project
WIDA at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison
WPS Institute
Wythe County Historical Society
Wythe County Historical Society
YMCA
Youth Service America
Yvote

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What it Means to Be a Champion

The Roadmap and supporting documents were derived through extensive collaboration and compromise, as we need a shared focus to move forward. The EAD framework is flexible and provides significant room for different and diverse experiments with implementation. We celebrate the anticipated diversity of approaches. Therefore, support of EAD should not be construed as complete agreement of the entirety of recommendations or Report, but the overarching purpose and approach put forth. Participating organizations engage with EAD in the following ways in accordance with their respective missions:

  • Suggest, participate, and contribute to events such as webinars, professional development, and office hours;
  • Share the EAD approach and work products with their respective audiences;
  • Help identify resources (curriculum options, best practices, etc., existing or new) that support EAD implementation at the classroom, school, and district level; and/or
  • Connect interested schools and teachers who share our civic mission and may be interested in using the EAD as a tool in achieving that mission.

Organizations Contributing to
the Educator Resource Collection

High Resolves design and deliver curriculum based on proven design principles from learning science, behavioural economics, social psychology, and neuroscience. The curriculum focuses on learning experiences around citizenship, leadership, and empowering students to take part in their communities.
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History explore fundamental American ideals and ideas—such as democracy, opportunity, and freedom—and major themes in American history and culture, from European contact in the Americas to the present day. It provides public programs that help connect visitors to the rich and diverse stories of our nation’s past.
The Stanford History Education Group is a research and development group seeking to improve education by conducting research, working with school districts, and reaching directly into classrooms with free materials for teachers and students. Its current work focuses on how young people evaluate online content.
The USS Constitution Museum serve as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and those associated with her. It seeks to engage all ages in the story of Constitution to spark excitement about maritime culture, naval service, and the American experience.
The Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library inspires curiosity and learning, and fosters geographic perspectives on the relationships between people and places, through free and accessible collections and resources, critical interpretation and research, and K-12 and public education.
The National Museum of the American Indian celebrates the history and voices of American Indian through an expansive collection of Native objects, photographs, and media, covering the entire Western Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego. It also acts as a resource center for the hemisphere's Native communities.
The Education Outreach of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts provides original, courtroom-ready and classroom-ready resources are the centerpiece of the federal courts’ national and local educational outreach to high school students and their teachers. They simplify complex concepts and motivate participants to serve on juries willingly when called.
Citizen U is a program that creates inquiry-based multidisciplinary civics lessons and provides innovative and inclusive professional development opportunities. It strives to foster critical understanding that has been lost as civic education and inculcate a wide variety of skills necessary for success in the 21st century.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world serving as the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. preserves and provides access to a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage the public in intellectual and creative endeavors.
The Shapell Manuscript Foundation is an independent educational organization dedicated to collecting and exhibiting original manuscripts and historical documents. The Foundation’s focus encompasses unique themes in American history and the Holy Land, with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries.
The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati is an advocacy organization dedicated to promoting understanding and appreciation of the American Revolution and its legacy. It reforms history education, ensuring that the story of the Revolution, the constructive accomplishments of the revolutionaries, and the legacy of the Revolution are widely recognized.
Annenberg Classroom, established Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, provides classroom resources on the Constitution. It equip middle and high school teachers with the tools to create informed citizens who understand their rights and responsibilities as outlined in the Constitution.
The Ashbrook Center seeks to restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. Ashbrook creates informed patriots by teaching students and teachers across the nation what America is and what it represents in the long history of the world.
The Autry features the art, history, and cultures of the American West, which includes Native American art and cultural materials, film memorabilia, paintings, among other artifacts. It brings together the stories of all peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inspire the shared future.
The Institute develops educational resources on American history and government, provides professional development opportunities to teachers, and runs student programs and scholarship contests. It seeks to to engage, educate, and empower individuals with a passion for the freedom and opportunity that exist in a free society.
C-SPAN Classroom is a free membership service for social studies teachers to enhance the teaching of social studies through C-SPAN's primary source programming and websites.
The Center for Civic Education strives to develop an enlightened citizenry by working to increase understanding of the principles, values, institutions, and history of constitutional democracy among teachers, students, and the general public. It developscurricular materials, provides exceptional professional development for teachers, and advocates for stronger civic education in the United States and emerging democracies.
The Constitutional Rights Foundation seeks to instill in our nation's youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights and to educate young people to become active and responsible participants in our society.
The David Mathews Center for Civic Life build skills, habits, and capacities for more effective civic engagement and innovative decision making.
Emerging America supports K-12 history educators and students – especially struggling learners – to develop skills of inquiry, exploration and interpretation of the past through primary sources. It provides professional development, projects, and online teaching resources.
Facing History helps students connect choices made in the past to those they will confront in their own lives. It provides learning resources on addressing racism, antisemitism, and prejudice at pivotal moments in history.
The mission of George Washington's Mount Vernon is to preserve, restore, and manage the estate of George Washington to the highest standards and to educate visitors and people throughout the world about the life and legacies of George Washington, so that his example of character and leadership will continue to inform and inspire future generations.
History's Mysteries is an inquiry-based curriculum featuring primary sources from Massachusetts collections and the Library of Congress. With this curriculum, students wil dive into historical questions framed as a mystery and develop skills in primary sourced analysis.
iCivics provide teachers with effective, innovative, freely accessible resources that enchance their practice and inspire their classrooms. It strives to ensure every student receives a high quality civic education, and becomes engaged in —and beyond— the classroom.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum preserves and provides access to historical materials related to President Kennedy and his times -- and engages with citizens of all ages and nationalities through history, JFK's life story, and the ideals he championed.
Mikva Challenge strives to develop youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens who will promote a just and equitable society. It creates authentic and transformative democratic experiences that provies youth with skills and knowledge to be effective citizens.
Model Diplomacy is a free simulation program that invites students, educators, and professionals from a variety of backgrounds to step into the roles of decision-makers on the U.S. National Security Council (NSC) or UN Security Council.
The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government. Through the Museum’s unmatched collection, immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive elements, visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in ensuring that the promise of the American Revolution endures.
The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia brings together people of all ages and perspectives to learn about, debate, and celebrate the the U.S. Constitution. It disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis in order to increase awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.
The National Museum of the American Indian celebrates the history and voices of American Indian through an expansive collection of Native objects, photographs, and media, covering the entire Western Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego. It also acts as a resource center for the hemisphere's Native communities.
New American History explores America’s past, harnessing the power of digital media, curiosity and inquiry. Its core projects include Bunk, a curated remix of contemporary online content, and American Panorama, an interactive digital atlas.
New-York Historical Society, one of New York's first museum, features exhibitions, public programs, and research exploring the history of New York and the nation. It aims to facilitate a broad grasp of history’s enduring importance and its usefulness in finding explanations, causes, and insights.
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media create websites and open-source digital tools to preserve and present the past, transform scholarship across the humanities, advance history education and historical understanding, and encourage popular participation in the practice of history.
The National Portrait Gallery tells the story of America by portraying the people who shape the nation’s history, development and culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts, and new media, the Portrait Gallery presents poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists that help us understand who we are and remind us of what we can aspire to be.
Street Law develop classroom and community programs that educate young people about law and government. Street Law programs and materials help advance justice by empowering people with the legal and civic knowledge, skills, and confidence to bring about positive change for themselves and others.
Learning for Justice seeks to be a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements and advance the human rights of all people. It free resources to educatorsto supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create inclusive school communities where children and youth are respected, valued and welcome participants.
The Civic Circle empower young students to understand and participate in democracy through music and the arts, inspiring compassionate, informed, engaged citizens. It offers assembly shows and workshops to teach students timely lessons about democracy, voting, community service, inclusion, and understanding the news.
The Democratic Knowledge Project is a K-16 civic education provider based at Harvard University. It offers curriculum development resources, professional development workshops for educators, and assessment tools and services—all in support of education for democracy.
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute serves as a dynamic hub of civic engagement. With educational programs, public forums, and digital exhibits, the Kennedy Institute welcomes individuals of all ages to debate the issues of the day, learn from each other, and leave empowered to make their own contributions to improving their communities and our nation.
The News Literacy Project provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy.
With original documentaries, related learning resources, and educator workshops, the Upstander Project helps teachers and students become upstanders challenging indifference to injustice.
World101 is a library of free multimedia resources that provide an immersive learning experience and makes complex international relations and foreign policy issues accessible to learners both inside and outside formal academic settings. It seeks to help the American public build an understanding of today’s most pressing issues and how those issues are relevant to them.
Massachusetts Historical Society strives to enhance the understanding of our nation’s past and its connection to the present, demonstrating that history is not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago but is integral to the fabric of our daily lives. It provides programs, thought-provoking exhibitions, publications, seminars, and teacher workshops to engage the public.
The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately. The museum uses exhibits, educational public programs and research to make this rich history available to scholars, philatelists, collectors and visitors from around the world.
RTT builds collaborative deliberation across political siloes in American life and equips community leaders with the tools and skills to transform political divides within and across their communities.
C3 Teachers aims to support educators using the C3 Framework. The C3 inquiry arc outlines the social studies habits of mind, disciplinary tools and conceptual content that students need to prepare for college, careers, and most importantly, civic life. Educators use C3 Teachers and the accompanying pedagogical resources to guide inquiry-based classrooms.
EDSITEment offers free resources for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality K-12 humanities education materials in the subject areas of history and social studies, literature and language arts, foreign languages, arts, and culture. All websites linked to EDSITEment have been reviewed for content, design, and educational impact in the classroom.
We tell the story of the people of Alabama by preserving records and artifacts of historical value and promoting a better understanding of Alabama history.
A program at the Library & Archives focused specifically on linking educators with primary sources for use in classroom instruction. Students can also easily access the digitized primary sources on our website.
The Division for Public Education provides reliable information about the law and legal issues, including resources and programs for educators, students, journalists, legal professionals, opinion leaders, and the public to advance public understanding of law and its role in society.
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The Living History of the Myaamia provides teachers and homeschooling families with a curriculum for teaching Myaamia (Miami Tribe) history. The curriculum includes primary sources, images, videos, and lesson plans, which are all linked to the relevant content standards for Ohio, Indiana, and Oklahoma.
The National Park Service functions to educate the public on national monuments through interactive field trips, programming, lesson plans, and educator resources.
NewseumED.org offers free resources to cultivate the First Amendment and media literacy skills essential to civic life. Learn how to authenticate, analyze and evaluate information from a variety of sources and put current events in historical context through standards-aligned lesson plans, videos, primary sources, virtual classes and programs.
The Albert Shanker Institute is a nonprofit organization honoring the life and legacy of the late president of the American Federation of Teachers through a commitment to quality public education.
The State Historical Society of Iowa has been a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy since 1857. With a dual mission of preservation and education, it maintains a museum, two research centers, preservation office, and eight historic sites. The society preserves and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources through a variety of statewide programs, exhibitions and projects while serving as an advocate for Iowa’s past and connector to the future.
Scholastic News is a national print and digital magazine for students featuring high-interest nonfiction articles that help kids build knowledge about current events, geography, history, civics, science, and technology.
Junior Scholastic is a print and digital magazine designed to make social studies more relevant and meaningful to middle schoolers. By showing students how civics, history and geography impact their lives, we give them a deeper understanding of America, the world and their place in it.
Upfront is your high-school students’ guide to the world. We make current events and curricular topics relevant to their lives with timely, engaging nonfiction that incorporates real teen perspectives. Our print and digital content boosts engagement, critical thinking and conversation in ELA and social studies classrooms.
Bring history to life for your students with short, free videos that connect past to present. Inspire critical thinking and discussion in your classroom.
GeoCivics aims to empower all people to be active participants in the redistricting process. We provide a suite of educational materials that prepare everyday people to discuss apportionment, redistricting, gerrymandering through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, based at the University of Texas at Austin, exists to cultivate informed voters and active citizens. It does so through research, education, and outreach programs focused on three key pillars: civic discovery, young people, and civil dialogue.
KidCitizen is part of the Congress, Civic Participation, and Primary Sources Project. It is supported by a grant from the Library of Congress, and is also part of the Teaching with Primary Sources program, the Library of Congress’s premier educational outreach program for teachers. KidCitizen episodes capitalize on the active and social nature of young children's learning. They use primary sources for rich demonstrations, interactions, and models of literacy in the course of innovative hands-on activities that make academic content meaningful, build on prior experiences, and foster visual literacy and historical inquiry.
The Center for Legislative Archives preserves and makes available to researchers the historical records of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Through its public outreach programs, the Center uses these historical records to promote a better understanding of Congress and the history of American representative government.
Why does the U.S. have an Electoral College? How do congressional investigations work? What does the minority whip actually do? Civics 101 is the podcast refresher course on the basics of how the U.S. government works. Civics 101 offers graphic organizers and other educational resources for teachers looking to use Civics 101 in the classroom.
The UMass Amherst College of Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs shaped by a fundamental commitment to social justice.
The Choices Program creates engaging educational resources and makes innovative scholarship accessible to diverse classrooms. Choices curriculum empowers students to understand the relationship between history and current issues while developing the analytical skills to become thoughtful global citizens.
Esri creates digital mapping software (like ArcGIS and Storymaps) – used in over 350,000 organizations globally. The Esri education team offers these same tools, data, lesson plans, and technical training to schools at no cost. Learn more at http://esri.com/education
Playworks helps schools and districts make the most of recess through on-site staffing, consultative support, professional development, free resources, and more. We also support youth programs and other organizations that wish to improve playtime. Organizations like The Centers for Disease Control, and City Year all look to Playworks to inform practice and policy.
The United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS) was founded in 1962 by U.S. Representative Fred Schwengel. It is chartered by Congress, in part, “to undertake research into the history of the Congress and the Capitol and to promote the discussion, publication, and dissemination of the results of such studies.” The Society continues exploring and instituting new and creative ways to bring the fascinating story of the Capitol, its institutions, and our national history to people around the world. Societal activities include educational tours, civics education, scholarly symposia, enhancement and preservation of the Capitol’s collection of art and artifacts, sponsorship of research on the public careers of those who have served in the Capitol, and assistance to Congressional and other Capitol offices. The USCHS is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, tax-exempt, educational 501(c)3 organization.
For almost 25 years, The Citizens Campaign has been educating everyday people and empowering them to advance cost-effective, evidence-based solutions through local government using its trademark No-Blame approach.
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.
Seeking to become the foremost source of policy knowledge, wisdom, and insights, we have launched the Mary Jo and Dick Kovacevich Initiative at the Hoover Institution, Educating Americans in Public Policy. The initiative seeks to Equip Americans with accurate facts and information, as well as a discerning analytical perspective, so they can better perform their civic duties, hold their elected leaders accountable, and “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” Provide political leaders with reliable knowledge and analysis—tools with which they might assess alternatives in the shaping and execution of public policy. This effort will build on our legacy of substantive policy inquiry where partisan advocacy has become the norm.
Human Rights Educators USA is a network of practitioners building a culture of human rights by nurturing support for human rights education (HRE) within the United States. We believe effective human rights education is essential to civic involvement in an inclusive democracy.
The Kunhardt Film Foundation (KFF) is a not-for-profit educational media organization that produces documentary films, interviews, and teaching tools about the people and ideas that shape our world. KFF was established by a family of filmmakers with a mission to put high quality content into the hands of the public and into schools.
Hillsdale College’s K-12 team reaches a growing network of schools with training and curriculum for teachers, school leaders, and school boards. Started in 2010 with the Barney Charter School Initiative, we are expanding our efforts to include public and private schools, as well as providing curriculum and online resources to homeschool families.Hillsdale College is a teaching institution, and our K-12 team is no different. Our team provides instruction in five key areas that are essential to the success of private and charter schools: Governance, Leadership, Curriculum, Instruction, and School Culture.
Close Up is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that believes a strong democracy requires active and informed participation by all citizens. Our issue-centric, nonpartisan curriculum is designed to provide participants with a stronger understanding of government institutions, history and current issues, and their roles as citizens. Close Up fulfills its mission through a variety of local and Washington, DC-based programs, professional development for educators, and classroom resources.
The New Brunswick Museum is New Brunswick’s provincial museum. As such, it is a principal repository and steward of material that documents or represents the natural and human history of New Brunswick and other related regions. In partnership with institutions and communities they collect, preserve, research and interpret material to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of New Brunswick provincially and globally.
The Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute® is an educational partnership between Yale University and the New Haven Public Schools designed to strengthen teaching and learning in local schools and, by example and direct assistance, in high-need schools across the country. Through the Institute, Yale faculty members and New Haven school teachers work together in a collegial relationship. The Institute is also an interschool and interdisciplinary forum for teachers to collaborate on new curricula.
Civics Handbook is appropriate for Middle and High School students. It is a concise book with a focus on the early years. It offers a wealth of information in one place, touching on later years as well as basic Civics.. It is a good start, with additional reading encouraged. Primary Documents, 100 Question U.S. Citizenship Test are included plus much more. A note about historic sites and parks, encourages visiting some of these historic places for a broader learning perspective. Some books were donated to the Reconnecting McDowell Project in WVA and were distributed to 5th graders. Silver Medal Award in History, Young Adult category, in the 2017 Military Writers Society of America. A good supplement for High School Students. Author hopes to offer a nonpartisan resource and make a contribution to Civics Education.
Lessons on Local Government (LOLG) provides free standard based lessons and materials for k-12 educators. While geared towards Colorado teachers the materials can easily be adapted for any state. The lessons are designed to engage students with local issues, programs and policies. We also work to connect kids and local leaders. There is no better way to get kids involved with government than with issues and leaders right outside their back door.
The Maryland Center for History and Culture is the oldest continuously operating nonprofit cultural institution in the state. The MCHC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that houses a collection of 7 million books, documents, manuscripts, and photographs, and 350,000 objects in its museum and library located in Baltimore. The MCHC serves as a leading center of Maryland history education for people of all ages.
Citizen Game offers an interactive board game mirroring the components of the United States political system and how civic involvement affects this country's laws.
Inquiring Minds is an organization for history and civic education with a focus on inquiry-based curriculum that empowers young students to engage in civic duties. Inquiring Minds offers educational and pedagogical resources that align with EAD's roadmap, dedicated to strengthening civic and history curriculum.
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We the People

This theme explores the idea of “the people” as a political concept–not just a group of people who share a landscape but a group of people who share political ideals and institutions.

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Institutional & Social Transformation

This theme explores how social arrangements and conflicts have combined with political institutions to shape American life from the earliest colonial period to the present, investigates which moments of change have most defined the country, and builds understanding of how American political institutions and society changes.

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Contemporary Debates & Possibilities

This theme explores the contemporary terrain of civic participation and civic agency, investigating how historical narratives shape current political arguments, how values and information shape policy arguments, and how the American people continues to renew or remake itself in pursuit of fulfillment of the promise of constitutional democracy.

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Civic Participation

This theme explores the relationship between self-government and civic participation, drawing on the discipline of history to explore how citizens’ active engagement has mattered for American society and on the discipline of civics to explore the principles, values, habits, and skills that support productive engagement in a healthy, resilient constitutional democracy. This theme focuses attention on the overarching goal of engaging young people as civic participants and preparing them to assume that role successfully.

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Our Changing landscapes

This theme begins from the recognition that American civic experience is tied to a particular place, and explores the history of how the United States has come to develop the physical and geographical shape it has, the complex experiences of harm and benefit which that history has delivered to different portions of the American population, and the civics questions of how political communities form in the first place, become connected to specific places, and develop membership rules. The theme also takes up the question of our contemporary responsibility to the natural world.

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A New Government & Constitution

This theme explores the institutional history of the United States as well as the theoretical underpinnings of constitutional design.

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A People in the World

This theme explores the place of the U.S. and the American people in a global context, investigating key historical events in international affairs,and building understanding of the principles, values, and laws at stake in debates about America’s role in the world.

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The Seven Themes

The Seven Themes provide the organizational  framework for the Roadmap. They map out the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that students should be able to explore in order to be engaged in informed, authentic, and healthy civic participation. Importantly, they are neither standards nor curriculum, but rather a starting point for the design of standards, curricula, resources, and lessons. 

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Driving questions provide a glimpse into the types of inquiries that teachers can write and develop in support of in-depth civic learning. Think of them as a  starting point in your curricular design.

Learn more about inquiry-based learning in  the Pedagogy Companion.

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Sample guiding questions are designed to foster classroom discussion, and can be starting points for one or multiple lessons. It is important to note that the sample guiding questions provided in the Roadmap are NOT an exhaustive list of questions. There are many other great topics and questions that can be explored.

Learn more about inquiry-based learning in the Pedagogy Companion.

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The Seven Themes

The Seven Themes provide the organizational  framework for the Roadmap. They map out the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that students should be able to explore in order to be engaged in informed, authentic, and healthy civic participation. Importantly, they are neither standards nor curriculum, but rather a starting point for the design of standards, curricula, resources, and lessons. 

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The Five Design Challenges

America’s constitutional politics are rife with tensions and complexities. Our Design Challenges, which are arranged alongside our Themes, identify and clarify the most significant tensions that writers of standards, curricula, texts, lessons, and assessments will grapple with. In proactively recognizing and acknowledging these challenges, educators will help students better understand the complicated issues that arise in American history and civics.

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Motivating Agency, Sustaining the Republic

  • How can we help students understand the full context for their roles as civic participants without creating paralysis or a sense of the insignificance of their own agency in relation to the magnitude of our society, the globe, and shared challenges?
  • How can we help students become engaged citizens who also sustain civil disagreement, civic friendship, and thus American constitutional democracy?
  • How can we help students pursue civic action that is authentic, responsible, and informed?
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America’s Plural Yet Shared Story

  • How can we integrate the perspectives of Americans from all different backgrounds when narrating a history of the U.S. and explicating the content of the philosophical foundations of American constitutional democracy?
  • How can we do so consistently across all historical periods and conceptual content?
  • How can this more plural and more complete story of our history and foundations also be a common story, the shared inheritance of all Americans?
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Simultaneously Celebrating & Critiquing Compromise

  • How do we simultaneously teach the value and the danger of compromise for a free, diverse, and self-governing people?
  • How do we help students make sense of the paradox that Americans continuously disagree about the ideal shape of self-government but also agree to preserve shared institutions?
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Civic Honesty, Reflective Patriotism

  • How can we offer an account of U.S. constitutional democracy that is simultaneously honest about the wrongs of the past without falling into cynicism, and appreciative of the founding of the United States without tipping into adulation?
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Balancing the Concrete & the Abstract

  • How can we support instructors in helping students move between concrete, narrative, and chronological learning and thematic and abstract or conceptual learning?
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Each theme is supported by key concepts that map out the knowledge, skills, and dispositions students should be able to explore in order to be engaged in informed, authentic, and healthy civic participation. They are vertically spiraled and developed to apply to K—5 and 6—12. Importantly, they are not standards, but rather offer a vision for the integration of history and civics throughout grades K—12.

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Helping Students Participate

  • How can I learn to understand my role as a citizen even if I’m not old enough to take part in government? How can I get excited to solve challenges that seem too big to fix?
  • How can I learn how to work together with people whose opinions are different from my own?
  • How can I be inspired to want to take civic actions on my own?
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America’s Shared Story

  • How can I learn about the role of my culture and other cultures in American history?
  • How can I see that America’s story is shared by all?
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Thinking About Compromise

  • How can teachers teach the good and bad sides of compromise?
  • How can I make sense of Americans who believe in one government but disagree about what it should do?
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Honest Patriotism

  • How can I learn an honest story about America that admits failure and celebrates praise?
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Balancing Time & Theme

  • How can teachers help me connect historical events over time and themes?
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The Six Pedagogical Principles

 EAD teacher draws on six pedagogical principles that are connected sequentially.

Six Core Pedagogical Principles are part of our Pedagogy Companion. The Pedagogical Principles are designed to focus educators’ effort on techniques that best support the learning and development of student agency required of history and civic education.

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This resource aligns with the core pedagogical principle of:

EAD teachers commit to learn about and teach full and multifaceted historical and civic narratives. They appreciate student diversity and assume all students’ capacity for learning complex and rigorous content. EAD teachers focus on inclusion and equity in both content and approach as they spiral instruction across grade bands, increasing complexity and depth about relevant history and contemporary issues.

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This resource aligns with the core pedagogical principle of:

Growth Mindset and Capacity Building

EAD teachers have a growth mindset for themselves and their students, meaning that they engage in continuous self-reflection and cultivate self-knowledge. They learn and adopt content as well as practices that help all learners of diverse backgrounds reach excellence. EAD teachers need continuous and rigorous professional development (PD) and access to professional learning communities (PLCs) that offer peer support and mentoring opportunities, especially about content, pedagogical approaches, and instruction-embedded assessments.

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This resource aligns with the core pedagogical principle of:

Building an EAD-Ready Classroom and School

EAD teachers cultivate and sustain a learning environment by partnering with administrators, students, and families to conduct deep inquiry about the multifaceted stories of American constitutional democracy. They set expectations that all students know they belong and contribute to the classroom community. Students establish ownership and responsibility for their learning through mutual respect and an inclusive culture that enables students to engage courageously in rigorous discussion.

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This resource aligns with the core pedagogical principle of:

Inquiry as the Primary Mode for Learning

EAD teachers not only use the EAD Roadmap inquiry prompts as entry points to teaching full and complex content, but also cultivate students’ capacity to develop their own deep and critical inquiries about American history, civic life, and their identities and communities. They embrace these rigorous inquiries as a way to advance students’ historical and civic knowledge, and to connect that knowledge to themselves and their communities. They also help students cultivate empathy across differences and inquisitiveness to ask difficult questions, which are core to historical understanding and constructive civic participation.

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This resource aligns with the core pedagogical principle of:

Practice of Constitutional Democracy and Student Agency

EAD teachers use their content knowledge and classroom leadership to model our constitutional principle of “We the People” through democratic practices and promoting civic responsibilities, civil rights, and civic friendship in their classrooms. EAD teachers deepen students’ grasp of content and concepts by creating student opportunities to engage with real-world events and problem-solving about issues in their communities by taking informed action to create a more perfect union.

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This resource aligns with the core pedagogical principle of:

Assess, Reflect, and Improve

EAD teachers use assessments as a tool to ensure all students understand civics content and concepts and apply civics skills and agency. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their learning and give feedback to their teachers in higher-order thinking exercises that enhance as well as measure learning. EAD teachers analyze and utilize feedback and assessment for self-reflection and improving instruction.

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This resource aligns with the core pedagogical principle of:
EAD teachers commit to learn about and teach full and multifaceted historical and civic narratives. They appreciate student diversity and assume all students’ capacity for learning complex and rigorous content. EAD teachers focus on inclusion and equity in both content and approach as they spiral instruction across grade bands, increasing complexity and depth about relevant history and contemporary issues.

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This resource aligns with the core pedagogical principle of:

Growth Mindset and Capacity Building

EAD teachers have a growth mindset for themselves and their students, meaning that they engage in continuous self-reflection and cultivate self-knowledge. They learn and adopt content as well as practices that help all learners of diverse backgrounds reach excellence. EAD teachers need continuous and rigorous professional development (PD) and access to professional learning communities (PLCs) that offer peer support and mentoring opportunities, especially about content, pedagogical approaches, and instruction-embedded assessments.

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This resource aligns with the core pedagogical principle of:

Building an EAD-Ready Classroom and School

EAD teachers cultivate and sustain a learning environment by partnering with administrators, students, and families to conduct deep inquiry about the multifaceted stories of American constitutional democracy. They set expectations that all students know they belong and contribute to the classroom community. Students establish ownership and responsibility for their learning through mutual respect and an inclusive culture that enables students to engage courageously in rigorous discussion.

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This resource aligns with the core pedagogical principle of:

Inquiry as the Primary Mode for Learning

EAD teachers not only use the EAD Roadmap inquiry prompts as entry points to teaching full and complex content, but also cultivate students’ capacity to develop their own deep and critical inquiries about American history, civic life, and their identities and communities. They embrace these rigorous inquiries as a way to advance students’ historical and civic knowledge, and to connect that knowledge to themselves and their communities. They also help students cultivate empathy across differences and inquisitiveness to ask difficult questions, which are core to historical understanding and constructive civic participation.

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This resource aligns with the core pedagogical principle of:

Practice of Constitutional Democracy and Student Agency

EAD teachers use their content knowledge and classroom leadership to model our constitutional principle of “We the People” through democratic practices and promoting civic responsibilities, civil rights, and civic friendship in their classrooms. EAD teachers deepen students’ grasp of content and concepts by creating student opportunities to engage with real-world events and problem-solving about issues in their communities by taking informed action to create a more perfect union.

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This resource aligns with the core pedagogical principle of:

Assess, Reflect, and Improve

EAD teachers use assessments as a tool to ensure all students understand civics content and concepts and apply civics skills and agency. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their learning and give feedback to their teachers in higher-order thinking exercises that enhance as well as measure learning. EAD teachers analyze and utilize feedback and assessment for self-reflection and improving instruction.


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