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

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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

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.
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 mission of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources. Drawing on the 75,000 documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and an extensive network of historians, the Institute provides teachers, students, and the general public with direct access to unique primary source materials.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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. 


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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.


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?

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?

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?

Honest Patriotism

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

Balancing Time & Theme

  • How can teachers help me connect historical events over time and themes?