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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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Healthy Habits of Companies that Make a DifferenceOriginally posted by Jason Leiker on the AT&T BlogA recent report compiled by Civic 50, a national initiative to survey and rank S&P 500 corporations on how they engage with the communities they serve and institutionalize these practices in their corporate ... March 13, 2014
NCoC, Points of Light, and Bloomberg
Release 2013 Civic 50 Survey Results
Civic engagement is on the rise in corporate America. According to results of The Civic 50 – an initiative by NCoC and Points of Light to identify the most community–minded companies in ...
December 5, 2013
NCoC and Points of Light Begin Search for America’s Top 50 Community-Minded CompaniesThe Civic 50 Survey is Open for BusinessThe National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation's definitive experts on civic engagement, have opened The Civic 50 for 2013, an initiative to identify the 50 most community–minded ... June 6, 2013 press release
The Citi Foundation Finds New Ways to Measure the Impact of CSR EffortsOriginally Posted by Ilir Zherka on CSRwire TalkbackIt’s not easy to capture the effects of philanthropic programs on people’s lives. But it's possible. February 27, 2013 blog
CECP Releases Giving in Numbers: 2012 EditionCECP’s Director Margaret Coady answers our questions on their latest reportThe Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) is an international forum of business CEOs and chairpersons focused exclusively on corporate philanthropy. We interviewed CECP Director Margaret ... November 13, 2012
Bloomberg LP, NCoC and Points of Light Announce “The Civic 50” Ranking of America’s Most Community-Minded CorporationsThe National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation’s definitive experts on civic engagement, in partnership with Bloomberg LP, today announced the results of The Civic ... November 8, 2012 press release
TWO WEEK COUNTDOWN TO THE CLOSE OF THE CIVIC 50DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING FOR COMPANIES TO BE INCLUDED IN NATIONAL SURVEY RECOGNIZING COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AND ENGAGEMENT

LIST OF TOP 50 TO BE PUBLISHED IN BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK IN NOVEMBER
July 18, 2012 press release
THE CIVIC 50 SURVEY IS OPEN FOR BUSINESSThe National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation's definitive experts on civic engagement, today announced the launch of The Civic 50, a national initiative to survey, rank, ... May 21, 2012 press release
Corporate Volunteerism Should Be Part Of Corporate Social Responsibilityby Jean Case, Fast CompanyJean Case blogs for Fast Company about how and why pro bono service should be the norm, and not the exception, in corporate culture and business practice. March 22, 2012 blog
Corporate giving: philanthropy without the moneyby Caroline Fiennes in The Guardian (UK)A blog in the Guardian discusses how companies can have an impact and way to give back by using more than their pocketbooks. March 22, 2012 blog
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Online Engagement

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Can Facebook Replace Face-to-Face? The 2008 National Conference on Citizenship raised this provocative question with Sean Parker, Founding President of Facebook and Bill Galston of the Brookings Institute. Parker and Galston discussed, ... November 14, 2008 video
Sandra Day O’Connor Sandra Day O’ConnorFormer Justice of the Supreme Court
I thought we needed to develop a program in the civics area, starting first with the courts and put it online with the computer and develop some actual participatory games to be played by the students ...
November 5, 2008 expert commentary
Ian Rowe Ian RoweVice president of Strategic Partnerships and Public Policy, MTVI think there’s tremendous opportunity in the technologies we talked about in the prior panel. Incredible in terms of new types of communications – communications between people who already ... November 5, 2008 expert commentary
Study to Explore How Social-Networking Sites Influence Voting BehaviorMuch has been written this election season about how the Internet, especially social-networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube, has changed the way people access and share political information. ... November 3, 2008 blog
I’m Ready to Declare a Winner in the 2008 RaceOkay, all the arguments have been made. And I am ready to declare a winner in the 2008 race. The Internet. (The other winner will have to wait until Tuesday night). From the way campaigns connect to supporters, ... November 3, 2008 blog
U.S. Civic Health Shows Broad Decline Amid Signs of Recovery According to First-Ever Index Released TodayThe civic health of the United States has steadily declined over the past 30 years, according to the Civic Health Index, the first-ever index of key citizenship measures unveiled today by the National ... October 31, 2008 press release
PhilanTopicCan Facebook Replace Face-to-Face?Social Actions founder and micro-philanthropy consultant Peter Dietz recently posted an audio clip recorded at the National Conference on Citizenship on the topic "Can Facebook Replace Face-to-Face?" Moderated ... October 23, 2008 blog
Special Opportunities for Increasing Engagment Special Opportunities for Increasing EngagementThis year’s Civic Health Index asked respondents about many forms of civic participation. A closer look at subgroups reveals opportunities for increasing and sustaining their civic engagement. Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
Measuring the Effects of Social Media MarketingA tough question came up in a conversation with a visiting group of Danish communications professionals last week — how do you actually measure the effectiveness of social media outreach? At that ... September 21, 2008 blog
NetizensEngaging OnlineA dramatic recent change in civil society is the opportunity to participate via computers and digital networks. Sep 17th, 2007 civic health index
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Political Involvement

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Local Organizations Push for Increased Civic Engagement on National Voter Registration DayOriginally posted by Ashlee Rezin at Progress IllinoisWith the 2014 general election just 13 months away and voter registration numbers at an all-time low, hundreds of volunteers took to Chicagoland streets Tuesday to mark National Voter Registration Day ... September 30, 2013
American Dreamerby Beth Saulnier
Originally posted in the Cornell Alumni Magazine
The son of Albanian nationalist, Ilir Zherka ‘89 (literally) wrote the book on citizen advocacy
July 3, 2013
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
Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012 by the NumbersOn December 12th, NCoC and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) released Volunteering and Civic Life in America, providing national, state, city and geographic data on the ways in ... January 9, 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 Role of Citizen Does Not End With Your VoteLate last night President Obama took the stage in Chicago. To great applause he delivered his victory speech and with it an important message: it may be November 7th, but our civic duty is not over. November 7, 2012
Election Day is Here!You’ve registered to vote and Election Day is finally here. Now what? Follow these five easy steps to have your voice heard. November 5, 2012
News You Can Use: Empowering Voters, One Click at a TimeGuest post by Maggie Duncan, League of Women Voters Elections TeamElection Day is coming. Need information on voting? This guest post by the League of Women Voters provides you with the resources you need. October 26, 2012
Romney, Obama can help democracy in presidential debates by The Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Board
Originally posted in The Christian Science Monitor
October 4, 2012 op-ed
Register to Vote Today, National Voter Registration Dayby Sophie Lehman at Nonprofit VOTEIn honor of National Voter Registration Month, NCoC will be showcasing organizations, resources, and tools that help get the vote out. Read today’s blog post on the first ever National Voter Registration ... September 25, 2012
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Social Capital

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How Civic Engagement Builds Resilient CommunitiesOriginally posted by Kristen Cambell on Opportunity NationThe National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Opportunity Nation share a belief that our communities are stronger when everyone has the opportunity to contribute. The Opportunity Index, the first statistical ... February 19, 2014
Building an evidence base for an agency’s programs: An interview with Chris Spera, Chief Evaluation Officer, Corporation for National and Community ServiceOriginally posted on Andy Feldman’s Gov Innovator BlogHow can a public agency start to build an evidence base about what works for its programs? How can it strengthen an organizational focus on results and evidence — not just for itself, but also among ... November 6, 2013
Civic Health and the Economy: Making the Connection2013 Issue BriefMultiple studies over the past several years point to a compelling truth: there is a strong relationship between civic health and a thriving economy. This report attempts to weave together the most interesting ... September 18, 2013
How to Reduce Local Unemployment by Boosting Civic Engagementby Tom Spengler, CEO of Granicus
Originally posted on HuffPost Business
Civic engagement isn't just important for citizens' voices to be heard in politics -- some states have discovered it's also the key for reducing unemployment.
June 24, 2013
Volunteering as a Pathway to EmploymentCan volunteering be the difference-maker in your next interview?NCoC believes that when our citizens are engaged, our communities are stronger and more resilient—and we have data to back it up. Exciting new research released today by our colleagues at the Corporation ... June 18, 2013
Promoting American Values After the Boston Bombingby Ilir Zherka, originally posted on Huffington Post Impact June 3, 2013 op-ed
Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012 By the NumbersHigh levels of neighbor engagement means strong communities. How often do we talk with one another, help each other out, and how much do we trust the people in our communities? Our latest data shows there’s ... March 14, 2013
Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012 By the NumbersAre Americans Bowling Alone?Group participation is a central component of community involvement and broader civic health. Volunteering and Civic Life in America, presented in partnership between NCoC and the Corporation for National ... February 26, 2013
We are CitizensLast night, the President offered a powerful reminder of the values, privileges and rights that bind us together through our role as citizens. In his State of the Union Address, the President called upon ... February 13, 2013
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

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Protect the Civic Legacy of Serve America ActOriginally posted on Roll Call by Ilir Zherka and John BridgelandFive years ago, President Obama signed the Serve America Act. The main goal of the Act was to expand national service and volunteering with hundreds of thousands of positions. Like so many other pieces ... April 23, 2014
Colleges are the new frontier for national-service movementOriginally posted on the Boston GlobeSTUDENTS WHO take a year off between high school and college earn better grades and have more confidence in their career paths. But fewer than 2 percent of American high school seniors take a year off ... March 3, 2014
How National Service Can Help Boost the EconomyOriginally posted by Bloomberg TVFranklin Project Director Jason Mangone discusses the befits of national service on Bloomberg Television's "Bottom Line." (Source: Bloomberg) March 3, 2014
An America That Asks: ’Where Will You Do Your Service Year?’Originally posted by Alan Khazei on HuffPostImagine if one day soon in our country, when a young person turns 18 the most common question they are asked is: "Where will you do your service year?" February 21, 2014
As Goes Iowa, So Goes the NationBy John BridgelandIowa is known for its innovative caucuses that gather citizens in homes, schools, churches and public libraries to select delegates who ultimately help elect our President. So it was no surprise when, ... February 19, 2014
New Federal Report Finds 1 in 4 Americans VolunteerAmericans Volunteered 7.9 Billion Hours in 2012; Gen Xers and Parents Lead the WayA new national study released today by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) shows that millions of Americans make volunteering a priority ... December 16, 2013
Service YearThe National Conference on Citizenship is partnering with the Franklin Project at The Aspen Institute to develop a National Service Certification System. This system will be a 21st century tool to increase ... October 10, 2013
9/11 Day of Service and RememberanceTwelve years ago, tragedy struck our nation. How did Americans respond? We rallied like never before, supporting emergency responders, lending our neighbors a helping hand, and answering calls to service. ... September 10, 2013
Is it Time to Break Open the Piggy Bank?Event Reflection by Ashton CaneGiving is on the rise, albeit very, very slowly. The nonprofit sector relies heavily on donations from individuals who made up 72% of contributors in 2012. Are we dependent on individuals in order to reach ... July 23, 2013
Some Georgians aren’t lending a helping handOriginally posted by Josh Rhoden at WALB News 10Georgians don't spend nearly as much time volunteering as people in many other parts of the country. (VIDEO) June 26, 2013
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