Happy #Civics4CommUNITY Awareness Week!

CivXNow members are joining forces this week to raise awareness of the civic mission of schools. Our coalition knows there are three realities of quality civic learning:

  1. It is core to the health of our constitutional democracy;
  2. each and every student should have access to it; and
  3. it is a nonpartisan endeavor that engages students across the viewpoint spectrum.

Organizations and individuals can engage in this week by…

  • sharing resources and content that illustrates these principles, using the #Civics4CommUNITY hashtag;
  • attending and disseminating events by CivXNow partner organizations; and
  • engaging in the #Civics4CommUNITY photo/video challenge, sharing appreciation for those that embody the civic mission of schools.

To get started, we encourage you to share this information with your members with the following resources:

Start the conversation about #Civics4CommUNITY

Tweet your support!

Participating in the photo/video challenge is easy! Simply print one of these templates or make your own sign with the hashtag #Civics4CommUNITY and answer one of these prompts:

  • Supporting civics is supporting community because…
  • When [ORGANIZATION] supports civics, we support community because…
  • Thanks to my civics education, I have…

Make sure to post on social media with the #Civics4CommUNITY hashtag!

Featured Partner Events and Activities

SS Chat on Twitter | May 9, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. ET | #sschat #Civics4CommUNITY 

We are excited to host #sschat and kick off CivXNow’s Awareness Week on May 9. Join us on Twitter at 7:00pm using hashtag #sschat and #Civics4CommUNITY to share and discuss questions such as:

  • What resources would be most beneficial to help raise awareness about the importance of civics?
  • What do you see as your role in helping to fulfill the promise of the civic mission of schools?

InquirED Civic Literacy: More Important than Ever in a Digital World | May 12, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. ET | REGISTER

Join InquirED and special guest Sam Wineburg, Founder and Executive Director of the Stanford History Education Group, in exploring conflicting narratives about historical events, and how these can be used to teach students to think clearly and critically.

National Constitution Center Scholar Exchange | May 13, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. ET | REGISTER

Part lecture and part lively conversation, NCC’s LIVE online classes are open to the public so that students, teachers, and parents can join in a constitutional discussion with National Constitution Center scholars. In this session, Clark Neily, senior vice president for criminal justice at the Cato Institute, joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a discussion about the Second Amendment and its protection of the right to keep and bear arms. Neily will also discuss his career as an attorney and author, as well as answer questions from participants.

KQED Youth Media Challenge Showcase | #YouthMediaChallenges | BROWSE

Hear what students have to say about how they see themselves, the world around them, and our future. Browse student content in the KQEDedspace #YouthMediaChallenges showcase for inspiration, then choose one to do with students!

And…looking ahead to Civics Advocacy Week (May 16-20):

CivXNow Advocacy Toolkit Webinar | May 17, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. ET | REGISTER

Learn about resources available through CivXNow to support advocating for civic education during Civics Policy & Advocacy Week (May 16-20). Resources include a bill tracker, plug & play email/phone scripts for contacting elected officials, policy menu, and more. This demo will take you step-by-step through the available resources, and together we will discuss strategies for mobilizing our networks in support of civics.

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