Make It Interdisciplinary

At its best, civics is so much more than simply American Government classes or social studies. As Emma Humphries, Chief Education Officer at iCivics, put it: “It’s education that should inspire our students towards a lifetime of informed, fierce, and tireless engagement in their communities and in public life.” To achieve this definition, we need to reimagine civics as something that is integrated in all aspects of school life. Use this Opportunity Area to design solutions that bring civics into new content areas, and prioritize it at the school level.

Opportunity Areas:

  • How might we integrate civics across content areas and embed it within school culture?
  • How might we make room for civics in different parts of the school day?

Provocations:

  • What if a “Civic Connection” was embedded into lesson plan templates?

  • What if there was a “Civics Committee” at schools with representatives from various department areas. Their goal would be to bring civics-oriented activities to respective content teams.


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The West Wing Weekly is a podcast that discusses episodes on The West Wing that illustrate important points about how government works.

The West Wing Weekly is a podcast that discusses episodes on The West Wing that illustrate important points about how government works.

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