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Civic Learning

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Appendix I.11: Analysis By Educational BackgroundIn this report, we look separately at college graduates, non-college adults, and high school dropouts . The gaps in civic health are large, consistent for virtually all the indicators, and often widening. Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Washington Post Civic Involvement Tied to EducationHigh School Dropouts Unlikely to VoteHigh school dropouts are significantly less likely than better-educated Americans to vote, trust government, do volunteer work, or go to church, according to a new report that reveals a widening gap in ... September 19, 2006 news
Gaps in ParticipationThe Power of A Good EducationEducation marks the great gap in civic participation today. Overall, the differences by race, ethnicity, and gender are small. But this study, like much previous research, finds that Americans with more ... Sep 17th, 2007 civic health index
Tuition Money for ServiceAmericans Favor Policy Change to Institutionalize Civic EngagementIn our 2008 survey, the most popular proposal was “offering every young person a chance to earn money toward college or advanced training if they complete a full year of national or community service.” Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
Civic EducationAmericans Favor Policy Change to Institutionalize Civic EngagementIn 2006, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Civics Assessment found that only 27% of high school seniors were “proficient” in the subject, and only 5% were “advanced.” ... Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
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
St. Petersburg Times Democracy withers if civics not taughtBy Bob Graham, Special to the TimesAfter a speech on education I gave as a state senator in 1974, I was approached by Sue Riley, a teacher skeptical of politicians who lacked classroom experience. How could we know what was best for students ... October 22, 2008 op-ed
St. Petersburg Times Education is the key to state’s civic healthEducation is the key to state's civic health Florida's Civic Health Index, a new feature of America's Civic Health Index — the definitive statistical report on civics in the United States — ... October 25, 2008 op-ed
campaing for the civic mission of schools Campaign for the Civic Mission of SchoolsNCoC is proud to partner with the leading coalition committed to improving the quality and quantity of civic learning in American schools. Oct 28th, 2008 partner
Center for Civic EducationThe Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged ... Nov 1st, 2008 partner
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Corporate Citizenship

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Citizenship for the 21st Centuryby Stanley Litow, IBMThe ideals of citizenship and volunteerism were deeply embedded in America’s founding documents, and recent legislation, public initiatives, and corporate investment have given these values renewed ... October 6, 2010 discussion
How to Match Companies and CausesNew York TimesNew York Times Q & A on the career couch discusses creating a volunteer program where you work. August 30, 2010 news
What Can YOU Do? An Update on the Situation in LouisianaBy Stephen Jordan and Gerald McSwiggan, BCLCA guest post by the Business Civic Leadership Center at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, explores opportunities to help with Gulf Coast recovery after the BP oil spill. August 25, 2010 blog
The Case Against Corporate Social ResponsibilityWall Street JournalWall Street Journal op-ed says ihe idea that companies have a duty to address social ills is not just flawed, argues Aneel Karnani. It also makes it more likely that we'll ignore the real solutions to ... August 23, 2010 news
USA Today Companies donate employees’ time, service instead of cashUSA TodayThe Chronicle of Philanthropy and USA TODAY surveyed the largest corporations in the USA to find out how much money they give to charity and to which causes. More than 100 companies answered the survey, ... August 9, 2010 news
Is Corporate Philanthropy the same as stealing?In a Wall Street Journal opinion article, Philosopher Jamie Whyte equates corporate philanthropy to theft. He outlines the implications corporate philanthropy has on shareholders, who are not guaranteed ... July 23, 2010 discussion
The Civic 50The Civic 50 a nationwide initiative to measure, track, and promote how businesses are institutionalizing civic engagement into their corporate culture. Launched in 2012, The Civic 50 is a national ... Jul 19th, 2010 program
Corporate Citizenship Highlight: B CorporationsAs part of our discussion “The Case for Corporate Citizenship,” NCoC is highlighting some ways corporations are engaging employees, giving back to communities, and integrating civically responsible ... July 8, 2010 discussion
Corporate Citizenship Highlight: PhilanthropyAs part of our discussion “The Case for Corporate Citizenship,” NCoC is highlighting some ways corporations are engaging employees, giving back to communities, and integrating civically responsible ... June 30, 2010 discussion
Corporate Citizenship Highlight: Pro bono volunteering As part of our discussion “The Case for Corporate Citizenship,” NCoC is highlighting some ways corporations are engaging employees, giving back to communities, and integrating civically responsible ... June 22, 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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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
Government: right-sized and in the right roleBy Karen Baker, California Secretary of Service and VolunteeringIn this guest post, Karen Baker explores the important role each sector can plan in tapping individual civic energy for social good in communities. “A multi-sector approach is based on the idea ... May 17, 2011 expert commentary
Change Is Possible—Though Not Instantby Scott Beale, CEO, Atlas CorpsOn April 21, 2011, Atlas Corps, Civic Enterprises, and NCoC hosted a panel discussion entitled “The Road to Democracy: My Reflections on the Egyptian Revolution.” Three Egyptian women shared ... April 26, 2011 discussion
Beyond Civility: From Public Engagement to Problem SolvingAn Action Guide for City LeadersThis new publication from the National League of Cities illustrates the principles of democratic governance, including modeling civility, creating opportunities for informed engagement, supporting a culture ... April 11, 2011 publication
Your Voice in Action: Ask Arne DuncanThe Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has agreed to answer the top questions chosen by you on SparkAction.org. NCoC has partnered with SparkAction.org to make sure your voice is in the mix. February 9, 2011
The Fork in the Civility Roadby Karlo MarceloWhen crisis happens, sometimes it is easy to point fingers in a quest to answer the question “Why did this happen?” Many will attempt to assign blame for the tragedy in Tucson on politics, ... February 1, 2011 discussion
The Necessity of Civilityby David B. SmithThe mission of our 65-year-old institution has always been to promote active citizenship, and we have often built atop that foundation to focus on specific strategies from time to time. In our current ... December 29, 2010 discussion
Executive SummaryPennsylvania Civic Health Index 2010 December 22, 2010 civic health index
Who Votes? Who Helps? Who Shapes Pennsylvania?Pennsylvania Civic Health Index 2010 December 22, 2010 civic health index
Indicator 1 and 2: Voter Registration and TurnoutPennsylvania Civic Health Index 2010 December 22, 2010 civic health index
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Social Capital

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Expanding the Peace Corps and Related ProgramsAmericans Favor Policy Change to Institutionalize Civic EngagementWe asked about “funding and promoting overseas service as a way of improving our relations with other countries.” This idea prompted decidedly mixed opinions, with 52% in favor (28% strongly) ... Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
How to Talk About Engagement How to Talk About EngagementTerms like “citizenship,” “service,” “politics,” and, indeed, “civic engagement” have problematic connotations—and different connotations depending ... Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
Figure 4: Civic Engagment Classifications Civic Engagement ClassificationsIn the remaining sections of this report, we compare groups of Americans using pie-charts. Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
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
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
Two Special Generations: The Millennials and the BoomersThe Baby-Boomers and the Millennials are both worthy of special attention. They are large groups: there are 77 million Boomers and 82 million Millennials. Millennials are showing strong interest in civic ... Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
Figure 12: Trends Since the 1970s Where We Stand: AMERICA’S CIVIC HEALTH IN 2008The National Conference on Citizenship conducts America’s Civic Health Index to inform citizens and policymakers about the state of our civil society and democracy every year, much as economic studies ... Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
The Indicators of Civic Health 2008In 2008, we find people involved in the following ways. This list reflects our current working definition of “civic health” and is a baseline for future studies that will repeat the same methodology. Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
Service LearningCivic Health IndexThe National Conference on Citizenship released the 2008 Civic Health Index today. The report is chock full of good information about youth engagement trends and citizenship. September 22, 2008 blog
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
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Giving and Volunteering

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IntroductionNorth Carolina Civic Health Index 2010 October 23, 2010 civic health index
WHERE DOES NORTH CAROLINA STAND?
A COMPARISON WITH NATIONAL TRENDS
North Carolina Civic Health Index 2010North Carolina’s civic health lags that of other states. Generally speaking, North Carolina ranks in the bottom 50% of major civic health indicators except for those related to voting in 2008, where ...
October 23, 2010 civic health index
LOW CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
AMONG NORTH CAROLINA’S YOUTH:
A SERIOUS CAUSE FOR CONCERN
North Carolina Civic Health Index 2010North Carolina’s young people — the future leaders of our state and our communities — are, unfortunately, the least civically engaged of any age group in North Carolina.
October 23, 2010 civic health index
NORTH CAROLINA’S CIVIL SOCIETY:
AN EXCLUSIVE CLUB
North Carolina Civic Health Index 2010
October 23, 2010 civic health index
IntroductionMissouri Civic Health Index 2010 October 26, 2010 civic health index
State Ranking on Civic Engagement IndicatorsMissouri Civic Health Index 2010 October 26, 2010 civic health index
Historical Trends in Indicators of Civic EngagementMissouri Civic Health Index 2010 October 26, 2010 civic health index
State Ranking on Social Capital IndicatorsMissouri Civic Health Index 2010 October 26, 2010 civic health index
Civic Engagement is About ParticipationOhio Civic Health Index 2010 November 8, 2010 civic health index
Ohioans Have Strong Assets in Their Community LeadersOhio Civic Health Index 2010 November 8, 2010 civic health index
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