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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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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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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
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
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
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
Understanding Civics and Politics Appendix I.6: Understanding Civics and PoliticsThe IndicatorsUnderstanding of government has increased according to some measures. But the indicators that show progress may be problematic and misleading. Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Participating in Politics Appendix I.7: Participating in PoliticsSince far more Americans vote in presidential elections than in local ones, political participation is cyclical, rising every four years with a presidential election. (We separately chart the off-presidential ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Expressing Political Views Appendix I.9: Expressing Political ViewsThe IndicatorsLike political participation, political expression rises and falls with the election cycle but has moved upward in recent years. Persuading other people about elections is an indicator of political deliberation. Sep 18th, 2006 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
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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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Civic Engagement in Miami and Minneapolis-St. Paul (Table)Tale of Two Cities: Civic Health in Miami and Minneapolis-St. Paul January 24, 2011
Does the Performance of Institutions Explain the Civic Gap?Tale of Two Cities: Civic Health in Miami and Minneapolis-St. Paul January 24, 2011
Fearless Founders Inspire Fearless CitizensWhen we look at the history of our great country, seven key political leaders and statesmen stick out as exceptional leaders in their time. These Founding Fathers took action and fought for their ideals, ... July 3, 2012
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
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
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
Get Ready for Global Youth Service Day, April 26-28A guest blog from YSA (Youth Service America)Global Youth Service Day celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service. Read more about GYSD and how you can get involved here. March 25, 2013
Because You Do the Things You DoA guest blog post by Diana Aviv, President and CEO of Independent SectorWhat is the economic value of an hour of volunteer time? While those who volunteer are, by definition, not in it for the money, attaching a monetary worth to the effort helps us put in perspective the ... April 2, 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
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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