Since 2020 is an election year, many topics and questions are on the minds of social studies students as they engage in civic life. The National Council for the Social Studies invites high school students to contribute short videos or serve on a panel during a live town hall broadcast to speak out on the subjects of citizenship, the election process, and civics. The moderators will introduce the Town Hall with brief student statements reflecting their broad concerns about democracy, social studies, and citizenship. From there, students on the panel (and via prerecorded videos) will discuss two broad questions: What issues matter most to you? What do you think it means to be a citizen? The Town Hall will take place on October 20, 2020, from 7 to 8 p.m. (ET). All videos must be uploaded by October 13 at 5 p.m. (ET), for possible inclusion in the Student Town Hall program.
The Civic Life Project's Democracy 2022 Youth Film Challenge is a global film competition for youth under age 25 to generate civics-oriented videos that ultimately create a groundbreaking movement for young Americans to get engaged in our democracy and to vote.
In 1970 the first Earth Day started an environmental revolution. Now Earth Day is igniting an education revolution to save the planet. Through its Climate and Environmental Literacy Campaign, the organization is working to ensure that every learner in every school in the world receives fully integrated, assessed climate and environmental education with a strong civic engagement component.
Being an American, one of the Bill of Rights Institute’s most popular resources for teaching middle school civics, is getting a significant update, which will include scaffolded support for ESL students.