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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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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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The clock is ticking. Who in your life still needs to register to vote?by Maggie Duncan, League of Women Voters Elections TeamIn 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 VOTE411.org by the League of Women ... September 18, 2012
The Parties Versus the PeopleAn Interview with Former Congressman Mickey EdwardsMickey Edwards served Oklahoma and America for 16 years in the United States Congress and currently directs the Rodel Fellowships at the Aspen Institute. He is the author of a new book, “The Parties ... August 14, 2012 discussion
Why Tuesday?’s Jacob Soboroff Hosts “Civics In A Minute”TakePart and Why Tuesday? teamed up to create “Civics In A Minute” – a video series that breaks down politics to show how government and the elections process works. NCoC Fellow ... June 4, 2012
Apply Today: Millennial Civic Engagement Summit Launch! Mobilize.org will be supporting the work of the Millennial Generation by investing over $25,000 in projects led by Millennials that increase civic engagement, community participation, and voter ... May 25, 2012 conferences & events
Who Took Civility Out of Politics?Democracy fundamentally entails controversy and, as is often said, reasonable people may disagree about social issues and policymaking. But recently, many question if civility has left politics all together ... May 1, 2012 discussion
Why Tuesday?by Jacob SoboroffHave you ever asked yourself why we vote on Tuesdays? In this guest post, Why Tuesday? Executive Director Jacob Soboroff highlights a TED Active talk that discusses the historical legislative reasons America’s ... April 11, 2012 discussion
Discussion: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy?6 Hypotheses on the Link Between Civic Health and UnemploymentResearch shows a connection between civic health and a community’s ability to weather a recession. We’ve posited 6 hypotheses about why this connection exists, and invite you to join in a discussion. February 16, 2012 discussion
Politics and Social Media: What’s the Relationship Status?Measures of political involvement are down. Social media usage is up. A lot of attention is being focused on the role of social networks in the 2012 election, but early data suggests it is not realizing ... February 8, 2012 discussion
USA Today Voters leaving Republican, Democratic parties in drovesUSA TodayArticle in USAToday discusses trends of voter registration in advance of 2012 Presidential Election. December 23, 2011 news
Do College Admissions Officers Care About Community Service? Huffington PostArticle from Nancy Lublin in the Huffington Post highlights new DoSomething.org survey, which finds that college admissions officers care about more than GPA and SAT scores-- they are also looking for ... December 13, 2011 blog
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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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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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