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Civic Learning

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A Call to Civic Leaders: Collaboration, Advocacy, and ReformOriginally posted on CIRCLE’s blogImproving civic education and increasing youth engagement in the United States requires work at every level from all members of society. Read CIRCLE’s latest report and learn how you can contribute. December 3, 2013
National Action Civics Collaborative Launches Campaign to Energize and Improve Youth Civic EngagementSix organizations from around the country launched an effort to energize and improve youth civic engagement in America. Calling on Americans to reinvigorate civic education through “Action Civics,” ... August 30, 2013
The Progress of Education Reform: The New CivicsA Report by the Education Commission of the StatesThis issue of The Progress of Education Reform provides a close look at the new civics-how it differs from previous practices, what it includes, how it is supported by research, and its implications for ... May 30, 2013
Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic EngagementAn Interview with Matt LeighningerMatt was one of a group of editors to work on Democracy in Motion – the first comprehensive attempt to assess the practice and impact of deliberative civic engagement, addressing the big ... December 18, 2012
The Warrior’s HeartAn Interview with Eric GreitensEric Greitens most recent book, The Warrior’s Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage , shares his inspiring story with young readers. NCoC Communications Fellow Alice Murphy caught ... December 10, 2012
What So Proudly We HailMaking American citizens through literatureWhat So Proudly We hail takes a literary approach to civic education, using short stories, speeches, and songs to teach about the American character and American identity. Resources include an online curriculum—complete ... November 29, 2012
Civic Literacy - A Critical 21st Century SkillGuest post by Barbara Stein, Partnership for 21st Century SkillsThe morning of the 67th Annual Conference, NCoC offered guests the opportunity to network and participate in small group discussions with leaders in the field of civic engagement. This post by Barbara ... October 19, 2012
Circle New CIRCLE Fact Sheet Describes State Laws, Standards, and Requirements for K-12 CivicsWith funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, CIRCLE has analyzed the standards, course requirements, and mandatory assessments relevant to civic education in all 50 states plus the District of ... October 11, 2012 blog
Op-ed: What citizenship means for the 21st centuryby Lillian Kellogg & Michelle Herczog
Originally posted on Philly.com
September 20, 2012 op-ed
That’s Not DemocracyHow Out-of-School Youth Engage in Civic Life and What Stands in Their Wayby Abby Kiesa, Youth Coordinator & Researcher at CIRCLE CIRCLE released a major new study last week. The report, “That’s Not Democracy,” shows just how highly unequal civic engagement ... August 27, 2012
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Corporate Citizenship

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The Focus of Corporate Philanthropyby Clara Knutson, ForbesArticle discusses a new study from Forbes Insights about paradigms in corporate citizenship giving and practice. March 22, 2012 news
5 Ways To Do Good In Any Jobby Dev AujlaNCoC.net guest contributor Dev Aujla is co-author (with Billy Parish) of a new book “Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World.” He outlines five ways any employee ... February 28, 2012 op-ed
Washington Post Millennials to business: Social responsibility isn’t optionalMichelle Nunn in Washington PostA Washington Post article by Michelle Nunn discusses the Millennial generation’s influence on corporate citizenship trends. December 20, 2011 op-ed
USA Today Gifts that give back this holiday seasonKindness Blog, USA TodayChristie Garton of USA Today compiles neat roundup of "gifts that give back" this holiday season. December 7, 2011 blog
Corporations redefine bottom linePhilanthropy JournalArticle by Todd Cohen discusses the alignment of corporate engagement and philanthropy programs with a business’ bottom line. December 7, 2011 news
Bringing Your Values to Work: Recent Data on Employee Engagement from CECPby Margaret Coady, CECPThe analysis of corporate giving trends make clear that companies continue to invest in programs that allow employees to bring their values to work. In light of CECP’s 2011 “Giving in Numbers” ... December 6, 2011 discussion
CECP releases Giving in Numbers: 2011 Edition, a robust analysis of corporate giving trendsThe Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) has released Giving in Numbers: 2011 Edition , the CEO membership organization’s seventh annual report on corporate giving trends. The ... October 28, 2011 publication
When addressing public problems, is our goal always building consensus or finding common ground? Should it be?A Civic Connector Commentary by Bobbi SiltenThe “Civic Connector” is a daily online forum during the 66th Annual National Conference on Citizenship. The September 20 commentator is Bobbi Silten, Chief Foundation Officer of Gap Inc. and ... September 20, 2011 discussion
Business at Its BestCEOs Pursue Business Opportunities Where Corporate and Societal Priorities ConvergeCECP and Accenture have recently collaborated to produce a new global research report which provides practical guidance on how to implement Sustainable Value Creation, and adds valuable insights into the ... June 26, 2011 publication
Survey: Corporations Should Do More To HelpNonProfit TimesStudy finds 62 percent feel it is no longer enough for corporations to solely give money away to good causes. Instead, respondents claimed they want businesses to integrate charitable causes into their ... November 8, 2010 news
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Online Engagement

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Discussion: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy?6 Hypotheses on the Link Between Civic Health and UnemploymentResearch shows a connection between civic health and a community’s ability to weather a recession. We’ve posited 6 hypotheses about why this connection exists, and invite you to join in a discussion. February 16, 2012 discussion
Politics and Social Media: What’s the Relationship Status?Measures of political involvement are down. Social media usage is up. A lot of attention is being focused on the role of social networks in the 2012 election, but early data suggests it is not realizing ... February 8, 2012 discussion
The Power of Social Networks to Break the Cycle of Poverty Huffington PostAn article in the Huffington Post by Maurice Lim Miller discusses the importance of social networks (both information sharing and viral communication via technology and human connections) in breaking the ... December 13, 2011 blog
Capital Staffers Index explores influence of social media on policyAn interesting new study from Edelman called the “Capital Staffers Index” explored the perceptions of senior legislative staff related to global public affairs and communications. Among ... December 7, 2011 blog
Let’s go #GoodSpottingThis holiday season, we’re joining the Case Foundation in #GoodSpotting! Together, we’re catching people (or organizations) in the act of doing good. November 22, 2011 program
How Do We Ensure Information Validity?A Civic Connector Commentary by Jim NewtonThe “Civic Connector” is a daily online forum during the 66th Annual National Conference on Citizenship. The September 19 commentator is Jim Newton, Editor at Large of the Los Angeles Times. ... September 19, 2011 discussion
Report Shows Majority of Americans Civically Engaged in Their CommunitiesBoomers and Older Adults Rank High Across Several Key Categories of Civic EngagementBetween 2008 and 2010, a majority of Americans were civically active in a variety of ways, working with others to improve their communities, according to the 2011 Civic Life in America: Key Findings on ... September 15, 2011 press release
What’s Trending in #Congress?New Report Shows Capitol Hill Uses Social Media ExtensivelyMost Members of Congress have thoroughly integrated social media into their communications operations, and are using new media tools to gauge public opinion, communicate with constituents, and reach new ... August 2, 2011 discussion
Can Social Media Reinvigorate American Democracy?There is no question that the rise of social media has impacted the way that American and global citizens interact with one another. The rapid transfer of ideas and perspectives across geographical boundaries ... July 13, 2011 event reflection
Harnessing Active Citizenship: The Internet as a Tool to Engage the PublicIn Using Online Tools to Engage-and be Engaged- by The Public , author Matt Leighninger describes how a “public manager” can use specific technologies to harness the power of active citizenship ... June 10, 2011 publication
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Political Involvement

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Figure 3: Preferred Ways to Engage "Citizen-Centered" EngagementDiscussing and ActingOur most active citizens both attend public meetings on community issues and work with other people directly on public problems. Sep 17th, 2007 civic health index
A 9/11 Effect?Signs of HopeMany believed that September 11 would spark the nation into a sense of community that had deteriorated over the last three decades. Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
A Call for Civic EducationVirginia Civic Health Index 2010 November 8, 2010 civic health index
A National DeliberationAmericans Favor Policy Change to Institutionalize Civic EngagementThe second most popular option was “involving more than one million Americans in a national discussion of an important public issue and requiring Congress to respond to what the citizens say.” Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
A New Political Culture?by Karlo MarceloYesterday a new movement called No Labels was launched founded on the credo of “Not left. Not right. Forward”.  This movement is about changing the culture of American politics, through ... December 14, 2010 discussion
ACTIONS THAT INFLUENCE GOVERNMENTArizona Civic Health Index 2010 September 23, 2010 civic health index
Cincinnati.com Activism equated to civic healthSurvey compares Ohio to nationEighty-two percent of Ohioans think government is not run with their interests in mind, according to a Miami University study released Thursday. October 24, 2008 news
Figure 9: Civic Engagement of African Americans and Others African Americans are EnergizedThe 2008 America’s Civic Health index survey finds African Americans more engaged in almost every respect than the population as a whole. Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
After the Election: Historic Turnout, But No “Civic Awakening”California 2009 Civic Health Index November 24, 2009 civic health index
Alan Khazei Alan Khazei on Investing in ServiceA look at the high school dropout crisis is particularly useful in trying to gauge the potential impact and benefits of investing in service. According to The Department of Education, more than 21,000 ... January 14, 2009 expert commentary
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Social Capital

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Does Demography Explain the Civic Gap?Tale of Two Cities: Civic Health in Miami and Minneapolis-St. Paul January 24, 2011
A Different Explanation: A Spirit of Adventurous Experiment: Civic Life in the Twin CitiesTale of Two Cities: Civic Health in Miami and Minneapolis-St. Paul January 24, 2011
Appendix: Demography, Race/EthnicityTale of Two Cities: Civic Health in Miami and Minneapolis-St. Paul January 24, 2011
Developing Your Community’s Civic Capital: Increasing Opportunities for Youth InvolvementUNC School of Government January 25, 2011
Does Encouraging Sameness Sprout Diversity and Collaboration?by Karlo MarceloDiversity matters in business. Diversity matters in evolution. So does diversity matter in civic participation? Some research suggests that in metropolitan areas where diversity was more pronounced, ... March 31, 2011
The Civic Acceleratorby Sara Johnson, Village Capital Program AssociateThis fall, Village Capital in partnership with Points of Light will launch the Civic Accelerator. This twelve-week program is an opportunity for nonprofit and for-profit ventures focused on civic engagement ... August 9, 2012
Mobilize.org Announces the Launch of The Mobilizer AcademyMobilize.org is thrilled to announce the launch of The Mobilizer Academy : a skill-building, leadership academy connecting Millennials across the country to strengthen their networks and become ... November 27, 2012
Civic Engagement as a Buffer to Structural UnemploymentBy Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Lead Researcher at CIRCLEAt the 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship, Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin joined a panel to discuss NCoC’s recent report, Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case Builds ... December 6, 2012
Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic EngagementAn Interview with Matt LeighningerMatt was one of a group of editors to work on Democracy in Motion – the first comprehensive attempt to assess the practice and impact of deliberative civic engagement, addressing the big ... December 18, 2012
The Power to Set This Country’s CourseIn his Inaugural Address on Monday, January 21st, President Obama reflected upon the Inauguration tradition as an opportunity to, “affirm the promise of our democracy.” The President then called ... January 22, 2013
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Giving and Volunteering