K-12

Exclusionary discipline denies ‘equity for all’

Dramatic changes in the school discipline landscape are creating a seismic shift away from exclusionary zero tolerance policies toward less...

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Civics Initiative Legislative Update: Taking a pulse

The new Civics Education Initiative — requiring high school students to pass a 100-question test on basic history and civic facts to...

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Life as a U.S. President: A closer look

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be President of the United States? In this day and age most of us typically see the life of...

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Student Voice in School Reform: Building a participatory institutional culture

“The problem is that we are constantly changing things and that teachers are having a hard time adapting.”  “It’s not that we...

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Just Exactly What Is Civics Education?

In my day-to-day work, I’m confronted with myriad questions from the mundane to the wildly unexpected: “How many states include a...

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Rosa Parks: A civil rights champion

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was an African American woman known for refusing to relinquish her seat to a white man on a city bus in...

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Education for Democracy. Education is Democracy. Education as Democracy.

I was fortunate enough to spend the day last Friday at the Ford Foundation as a participant in a daylong symposium on civic education and...

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Promised Land: Are we getting closer?

In the last words of his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. referred to seeing the promised...

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