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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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With fewer giving of their time, firms should aid volunteerismThe Boston GlobeAn editorial in The Boston Globe on the 2009 Civic Health Index September 7, 2009 news
A Gift of Time: Many start giving of themselves in these tough timesCourier-Journal.comArticle on chartiable giving and volunteering in Louisville, KY and Southern Indiana area mentions 2009 Civic Health Index December 29, 2009 news
Business Civic Leadership Centerat U.S. Chamber of CommerceThe Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) addresses social issues that affect business, including corporate social responsibility, philanthropy, nonprofit and social service effectiveness, globalization, ... February 23, 2010 partner
The Miami Herald Business leaders learn benefits of volunteeringMiami HeraldMiami Herald article on corporate citizenship shows businesses that depend on the community for support understand the bottom-line benefit of giving back. April 20, 2010 news
Corporate Volunteer Efforts Have Big Intentions, but Few Companies Track ResultsChronicle of PhilanthropyDeloitte study finds American companies have high hopes for their employees’ volunteer efforts, but few businesses do enough to shape and measure the impact of those efforts. May 3, 2010 news
Transforming high expectations into great impact: Corporate America is getting itEvan Hochberg on the Case Foundation blogEvan Hochberg guest blogs at the Case Foundation about the results of Deloitte’s 2010 Volunteer IMPACT Survey. May 5, 2010 blog
Taproot FoundationThe Taproot Foundation has works to transform the nascent field of pro bono service into a national platform to leverage top talent in support of our communities' greatest needs. May 26, 2010 partner
Committee Encouraging Corporate PhilanthropyThe Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy is the only international forum of business CEOs and chairpersons focused exclusively on corporate philanthropy. CECP’s mission is to lead the business ... May 26, 2010 partner
CommonGood CareersThe mission of Commongood Careers is to enable innovative nonprofits to build strong organizations through the recruitment, retention and development of outstanding talent. May 26, 2010 partner
The Case for Corporate CitizenshipCorporate responsibility has become a key driver in securing stakeholder interest, consumer trust, and employee loyalty, and many corporations are stepping up accordingly to demonstrate their leadership ... May 27, 2010 discussion
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Online Engagement

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The Civic Data Challenge: An Impetus for InnovationA Guest blog post by Jeff Coates, Knight Foundation Strategic Initiatives AssociateThe Civic Data Challenge invites participants to turn raw data about civic health into useful applications and visualizations that have direct impact on public decision-making. NCoC, with the support of ... April 11, 2013 blog
Infographic: Social Media’s Impact on Giving in 2012An infographic detailing the many ways social media has helped facilitate online giving in 2012. December 17, 2012 blog
First Ever Civic Data Challenge is a Success!NCoC launched the first ever Civic Data Challenge in April 2012. The Challenge was launched by NCoC to bring new eyes, minds, findings, and skill sets to ‘civic health’ data - information that ... October 16, 2012
NCoC’s Civic Data Challenge: So Much More Than Just Numbersby Jake Brewer
Originally posted in CSRwire Talkback
Can 'civic health data' help guide private, nonprofit and public leaders to create work and living spaces that are cleaner, safer and vibrant?
September 19, 2012
National Conference on Citizenship Announces Winners of First-Ever Civic Data Challenge
Awardees Make Civic Health Data More Accessible to Decision Makers and PublicPhiladelphia, PA – The winners of the first-ever Civic Data Challenge were announced today at the 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship in Philadelphia.
September 14, 2012 press release
Social Networking Sites and Civic Engagement: What’s the Relationship Status?The most powerful force in American democracy is the connection among citizens. Social networking sites (SNS) have shown to promote increased connectivity. But does building online communities translate ... June 21, 2012 discussion
Infographic: A New Era of the Digital RevolutionThe role of mobile devices and social media in news consumption. Interesting infographic from Pew Research about the role of mobile devices and social media in news consumption. March 30, 2012 publication
From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of Changeby Courtney E. Martin, NYT Opinionator A blog in the New York Times Opinionator discusses how young people are channeling their pop culture fan energy toward social good. March 21, 2012 blog
Social Networking and PoliticsNew Study from Pew Internet and American Life ProjectIt turns out that birds of a feather don’t always flock together on social networking sites when it comes to politics, says a new Pew study. March 13, 2012 publication
Network for Good Reaffirms Digital Philanthropy Trends in 2011Insights and Trends on Charitable EngagementOn March 5, 2012, Network for Good released the The Network For Good Digital Giving Index 2011, which provides important insights about digital philanthropy. Key findings include that people seem to ... March 13, 2012 publication
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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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TIME Magazine Logo Let’s Get ConnectedBy John Bridgeland, CEO of Civic EnterprisesAmerica could really use a civics lesson. And it's about to get one. The National Conference on Citizenship, a federally chartered nonprofit founded in 1946 to strengthen civic ties, will release the first ... September 10, 2006 news
Political Activity And Expression Are RisingSigns of HopePrivate volunteerism is dwarfed by public spending in areas that affect critically the character and provision of important needs. However, government works better and leaders are held more accountable ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
People Follow The News Less, Although Political Knowledge Seems To Have RisenSigns of HopeThomas Jefferson wrote: “I know of no safe depository of the ultimate power of the society but the people themselves.” This of course depends on people who know enough to be wise holders of ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Trusting Other People Trust In One Another is DownSigns of Civic DeclineTrust is measured in three ways – with questions as to whether people are viewed as “honest,” as “helpful” and “can be trusted.” Over the last 30 years, social ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Connecting Others through Friends & Family “Lonely Nation”: People Are Considerably Less Connected To Family And FriendsSigns of Civic DeclineMore than one-fourth of American households (29.8 million of them) consist of just one person, compared with less than one-fifth of American households (13.9 million) in 1975. Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Trusting and Feeling Connected to Major Institutions People’s Trust Of & Connection To Major Institutions Are Down, With A Steady Rise From 1994 - 2000Signs of Civic DeclineAmericans’ confidence in major institutions dropped from 1970 to 1993, followed by a partial recovery through 2000 and then another slide. However, people’s trust in the government has rebounded ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Trusting Other People Appendix I.2: Trusting Other PeopleThe IndicatorsTrust is measured with three indicators. These are survey questions about the honesty, trustworthiness, and helpfulness, generically, of other people. They all show declines, especially the measures of ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Connecting to Others through Family and Friends Appendix I.3: Connecting to Others Through Family and FriendsThe IndicatorsThe decline in Americans’ connections with others is driven by a substantial decrease in the proportion of Americans who say they regularly eat dinner with their families. Visiting friends is more ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Staying Informed Appendix I.5: Staying InformedThe IndicatorsOne way to measure being informed on public affairs is simply to ask respondents whether they follow the news or public affairs. We also combine two indicators to obtain a reliable estimate of newspaper ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Appendix I.8: Trusting and Feeling Connected to Major InstitutionsThe IndicatorsMost people feel that their own vote matters and think that their own Congressional representative is effective. However, the population is more distrustful when asked various questions about the reliability ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
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Giving and Volunteering

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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
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
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