On Civic Learning
Foundation for Democracy and Justice
“A Government of Laws, Not of Men” A white paper is intended to provide concise and accessible context to the understanding of “the rule of law,” and its relevance to the daily lives of individuals
Civics Education Initiative
A coalition of grassroots activists working with state and local leaders to ensure each new generation has the knowledge they need to become informed, engaged citizens. Requires high school students, as a condition for graduation, to pass a test on 100 basic facts of U.S. history and civics, from the United States Citizenship Civics Test.
Civics Renewal Network
A consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the U.S. by increasing the quality of civics education in our nation’s schools and by improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost learning materials. Recommended resources for teachers searchable by subject, grade, resource type, standards, and teaching strategy.
A non-profit organization founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and dedicated to reinvigorating civic learning through interactive learning resources. Provides students with the tools they need for active participation and democratic action, and teachers with the materials and support to achieve this.
A resource for teachers to engage students with current issues using social media tools. From KQED Public Media.
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC)
An independent, nonprofit court improvement organization committed to educating the public about how the courts work. NCSC has developed materials for teachers, students and the community to use to learn and to understand the importance of civics education.
On Civic Engagement
Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)
Conducts research on civic education in schools, colleges, and community settings and on young Americans’ voting and political participation, service, activism, media use, and other forms of civic engagement.
Test yourself on 100 questions from the naturalization test administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Constitutional Rights Foundation
Los Angeles-based nonprofit seeks to instill a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights, and to educate youth to become active and responsible participants in our society. Founded in 1962.
Center for Civic Education
A California based non partisan nonprofit center dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries
Our Courts America
Our Courts America, a project of Justice at Stake, is a national partnership of court advocates that aims to educate the public about the important role that the court system plays in our communities across the country.
Revitalizing K-12 Civic Learning in California: A Blueprint for Action
The final report by the California Task Force Report on K-12 Civic Learning (August 2014). Oversight of the implementation of report recommendations led by the Power of Democracy Steering Committee chaired by Appellate Court Justice Judith McConnell.
California Courts Civic Education
The California Courts’ website features educational resources and materials for teaching and learning about the judicial branch and its role in our democracy.
Public Policy Institute of California
Nonpartisan think tank dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective research.
California Constitution Center
The California Constitution Center is a non-partisan academic research institution. It is the first and only center at any law school devoted exclusively to studying the constitution and high court of the state of California.