Civics Education Resource Site

Teacher Resources

Teacher Professional Development

To ensure adequate support for implementation including professional development activities and classroom resources, the corporate and philanthropic communities created a public-private partnership that has committed at least $1 million annually for three years. This effort will be managed by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation with support from other interested organizations

Training for Teachers

A series of professional development training sessions will be held at locations across the state in June and July 2017. Dates and locations for these sessions are available on our professional development calendar

Civic Education Workshops

Our civic education partners, Center for News Literacy, WeDay and News Literacy Project, will also be providing ongoing professional development throughout the school year as a follow up to Summer 2017 regional training sessions. More opportunities are provided on the professional development calendar as dates are finalized. 

Find A Mentor

Find the teacher mentor assigned to your county or region. 

Summer Teacher Training

Save the date! Summer 2018 regional training dates are here. As more information becomes available, a map will help teachers find the training session closest to their county. It is not required to attend the training session in your region. 

Teaching Tools and Resources

Lesson Plans

Our expert staff and partners have created lesson plans that support teaching of the required high school civics class in Illinois.

Civic Learning Practices Indicators

These civic learning practices indicators align with the new Illinois high school civics course requirement.

Teacher Resource Toolkit

These other resources can help prepare teachers by showcasing civic education and news literacy tools from national organizations.