The Campaign, members of our Steering Committee and allies have developed a number of useful reports that make the case for improving civic learning:

Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools

Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools, is an urgent call for action to restore the historic civic mission of our nation's schools.

This new report provides research-based evidence of the decline in civic learning in American schools and presents six proven practices that should be at the heart of every school's approach to civic learning. It also provides recommendations for education policymakers to ensure every student acquires the civic skills and knowledge needed for an informed, engaged citizenry. Find out more about the Guardian of Democracy report. 

"2003 Civic Mission of Schools"

Written and endorsed by more than 50 scholars and education practitioners, The 2003 Civic Mission of Schools report summarizes the status of and need for civic learning in schools, kindergarten through 12th grade. Read the executive summary.

"No Excuses: Schools and Districts that Make Preparing Students for Citizenship a Priority, and How Others Can Do It, Too."

The report contains the findings of a special Campaign task force which examined civic learning in eleven schools and districts that offer exemplary civic learning for all students. The report contains lessons learned from each school and district, showing that high quality civic learning is not only possible but replicable and scalable in every school and district across the nation. Download the report.

Featured Publication: AEI Study on Social Studies  

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has released a fascinating and informative study on what teachers are teaching students about citizenship and what it means to be an American. This study of public and private school teachers offers an insight into what teachers are teaching, how they rate their schools performance and dedication to civic learning and the role of testing in civic learning. Read the Executive Summary of the study, entitled "High Schools, Civics and Citizenship: What Social Studies Teachers Think and Do." The full study can be found at here.

Featured Publication: "Civics Back to the Front Burner"

Anne O'Brien, Acting Director of the Learning First Alliance, has published a wonderful article entitled "Civics Back to the Front Burner, which appeared recently in Edutopia and was widely picked up by other sources. In the article, Anne defines and calls for a renewal of the civic mission of our schools and highlights the award winning work of front-line civics teacher Sally Broughton, Montana's 2009 Teacher of the Year. Read the full article.

Study Released: Effective Civic Learning Builds 21st Century Skills 

The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools and the American Bar Association (Public Education Division) are proud to announce the release of a new study that shows effective civic learning builds the 21st Century Skills important to a student's success in College, Career and Citizenship."Paths to 21st Century Competencies Through Civic Education," was authored by Dr. Judith Torney-Purta (University of Maryland), an internationally respected education and psychology scholar; with Dr. Britt Wilkenfeld. The results of the study show that those students who receive quality civic learning experiences showed the highest scores on demonstrating 21st Century Competencies.

Vermont Secretary of State Shows Effectiveness of Interactive Civic Learning

Former Secretary of State Deb Markowitz of Vermont released the findings of a survey of high school students to determine the impact of participation in a voting simulation on student civic attitudes and behaviors. The results suggest that the newest generation of Vermont adults will be more active and engaged than the ones before it. It also affirms the value of civic education programs and, in particular, mock election programs that teach kids the importance of voting to our democracy. 

Citizens for the 21st Century: Revitalizing the Civic Mission of Schools

Education policy is mostly made at the all critical state and local levels. In "Citizens for the 21st Century: Revitalizing the Civic Mission of Schools," The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) provides the reasons to pay more attention to civic learning and ways to revitalize civic learning from the state education policymakers' perspective.

Restoring the Balance Between Academics and Civic Engagement in Public Schools

Download Restoring the Balance Between Academics and Civic Engagement in Public Schools (March 2005), released by the American Youth Policy Forum and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Future of the First Amendment: What America's High School Students Think About Their Freedoms

Download Future of the First Amendment: What America's High School Students Think About Their Freedoms (Jan 2005), released by the John S. and James L Knight Foundation.

From Classroom to Citizen: American Attitudes on Civic Education

Download From Classroom to Citizen: American Attitudes on Civic Education (Dec 2004), released by the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools and the Alliance for Representative Democracy.

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The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools is a Project of the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center University of Pennsylvania.