Building Robust & Inclusive Democracy

Civic Education Project Co-Led by Tisch College Receives $650,000 Grant

Our experts will be co-principal investigators and co-authors of a comprehensive report on how to improve civic education in America.
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On November 1, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded $650,000 to a groundbreaking project led by iCivics which will evaluate and recommend best practices for K-12 civics in the United States. The initiative, Educating for American Democracy: A Roadmap for Excellence in History and Civics Education for All Learners, will bring together more than 100 experts and produce a report to be released at a national conference in 2020. It is co-led by Tisch College and our Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement.

Educating for American Democracy is a collaboration between iCivics, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University, as well as Tisch College/CIRCLE. CIRCLE Director Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg is a co-principle investigator on the project and she will co-chair the its Pedagogy Task Force. She will also be one of five co-authors of the initiative’s final report, alongside Tisch College Associate Dean and former CIRCLE Director Peter Levine.

“I am honored and excited that CIRCLE’s multidisciplinary expertise can be useful as a core partner in this project. We look forward to contributing to the success of this work so that more students understand the present within the context of the past by connecting civics and history instruction in meaningful ways, and shifting how social studies education is conceptualized in the future,” said Kawashima-Ginsberg..

Read the official announcement to learn more