Civics Education Resource Site

Civic Education Organizations

This is a partial list of regional and national organizations positioned to support Illinois' civics course requirement.

The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools recommends Six Proven Practices that, together, constitute well-rounded civic learning.  Those include:

  1. Classroom Instruction
  2. Discussion of Current Events and Controversial Issues
  3. Service Learning
  4. Extracurricular Activities
  5. School Governance
  6. Simulations of Democratic Processes

For your benefit, along with links to their respective web sites, course content and practices addressed are also specified after each organization as they relate to the Six Proven Practices.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Instruction, Discussion, Simulations)

American Bar Association (Instruction, Discussion, Simulations)

American Society of Newspaper Editors (Discussion)

Annenberg Classroom (Instruction, Discussion)

Ashbrook Center (Instruction)

Bill of Rights Institute (Instruction)

Center for News Literacy (Discussion)

Center for Politics (Instruction, Simulations)

Chicago History Museum (Instruction, Discussion)

Choices (Instruction, Discussion)

Citizen Advocacy Center (Instruction, Discussion)

Civics Renewal Network (Instruction, Discussion, Service Learning, Simulations)

Close Up Foundation (Instruction, Discussion)

Consource (Instruction)

Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (Instruction, Discussion, Service Learning, Simulations)

Dirksen Congressional Center (Instruction, Discussion)

Engaging Youth in Positive Change (Service Learning)

Facing History and Ourselves (Instruction, Discussion)

Florida Joint Center on Citizenship (Instruction)

iCivics (Instruction, Simulations)

Illinois Capitol Forum (Instruction, Discussion, Simulations)

Illinois Center for Civic Education (Instruction, Discussion, Simulations)

Illinois Council for the Social Studies (Instruction, Discussion, Service Learning, Simulations)

Illinois Democracy Schools Initiative (Instruction, Discussion, Service Learning, Simulations)

Illinois Resource Center (Service Learning)

Illinois State Bar Association (Instruction, Discussion, Simulations)

Illinois YMCA Youth and Government (Instruction, Discussion, Simulations)

Jack Miller Center (Institutions, Discussion)

James Madison Foundation (Instruction)

Junior Statesmen Foundation (Instruction, Discussions, Simulations)

League of Women Voters of Illinois (Simulations)

Library of Congress: Illinois Consortium (Instruction)

Mikva Challenge (Instruction, Discussion, Service Learning, Simulations)

National Constitution Center (Instruction, Discussion)

National Issues Forum (Discussion)

National Youth Leadership Council (Service Learning)

News Literacy Project (Discussion)

Paul Simon Public Policy Institute (Instruction, Discussion, Simulations)

Philanthropy Project (Service Learning)

Street Law (Instruction, Discussion, Simulations)

News Literacy Resources

A growing sector of the U.S. population does not distinguish between professional journalists, information spinners and citizen voices. The 24/7 news cycle and digital advances in disseminating information serve to further exacerbate this challenging situation.

News literacy programs educate and energize citizens—especially students—about the value of news and assist them in developing a framework for assessing information.

By bringing news literacy into the civic education discussions, we can help students increase their ability to find critical information and develop a sense of ethics as digital citizens and media makers.

Here are some resources for you to review that can help shape news literacy conversations in the classroom.