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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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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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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
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
2008 Civic Health Index: Sustaining civic engagement beyond Election DayThe National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) today released their 2008 civic report called “America’s Civic Health Index: Beyond the Vote”. [True confessions: the Saguaro Seminar was ... September 22, 2008 blog
30 Under 30: Civic LeadersSome people were born to perform, others were born to create. And to nurture others. And to fight to improve our way of life. That’s why, in partnership with Splashlife, we scoured the country to ... September 1, 2011 program
A Call for Civic EducationVirginia Civic Health Index 2010 November 8, 2010 civic health index
A Closer Look: Great Consistency- Across Income, Education, Ethnicity- in Decreased ParticipationCalifornia 2009 Civic Health Index November 24, 2009 civic health index
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
A Journey That CountsPromoting Citizenship Education from Sea to Shining SeaSome American citizens are walking the walk--literally!--when it comes to demonstrating their commitment to citizenship and civic engagement. Diane Eckstein, her husband John, and their dog Kipp are ... January 24, 2012 program
Access to Information and Civic EngagementMissouri Civic Health Index 2010 October 26, 2010 civic health index
ACTIONS THAT BUILD COMMUNITYArizona Civic Health Index 2010 September 23, 2010 civic health index
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Giving and Volunteering

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Signs of HopeAmong all of our indicators of civic health, only a few show signs of civic re-engagement. Sep 18th, 2006 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
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
Community Falling, Politics Rising Signs of Civic DeclineCommunity connectedness has declined consistently and almost relentlessly since the 1970s. However, since the late 1990s participation in political activities and expression of political views have increased. Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Signs of Civic StabilityWhile most indicators of our civic health show decline, charitable giving has remained steady over the last 30 years. Volunteering among adults has remained steady in the past two years at 28.8% of the ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Appendix I.1: Connecting to Civic and Religious GroupsThe IndicatorsThis category comprises five indicators. All the components have declined with the exception of monthly attendance at religious services (shown separately below). Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Giving and Volunteering Appendix I.4: Giving and VolunteeringThe IndicatorsOver the long term, the rates of giving and volunteering have been remarkably stable. Americans always seem to give roughly two percent of their after-tax income to philanthropy. The DDB’s measure ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Main Trends in Civic Engagement are DownAll available data, however, point to a decline after 2003. Sep 17th, 2007 civic health index
Our Civic CoreWe believe that most of the forms of engagement measured in the Civic Health Index should be common practices among the people. For example, virtually everyone in a democracy should vote, follow the news, ... Sep 17th, 2007 civic health index
Deliberating41 Million Engaged with Diverse GroupsWe define public deliberation as talking civilly and constructively with others who have diverse views about important issues. It is a crucial complement to voting, volunteering, and activism, because ... Sep 17th, 2007 civic health index
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