Experts in Civic Education
Close Up is an active member of the civic education community, sharing our expertise and drawing on that of our partners to enhance civic learning. The need for this work is as great as ever, with the National Assessment of Educational Progress revealing that fewer than one quarter of U.S. high school seniors are “proficient” in civics, with over a third scoring below a “basic” level.
But together with our academic partners, Close Up knows what it takes to deliver effective civic education. We are proud to work with other renowned educational institutions with unique insights on historical and current issues to provide one-of-a-kind opportunities and resources to students and educators.
Academic Partner Highlight – Stanford University Deliberative Democracy Lab
Close Up collaborates with the Deliberative Democracy Lab at Stanford University on summer programming for students, professional development for educators, and ongoing Deliberative Polling® exercises with high schoolers. The Deliberative Democracy Lab is devoted to research about democracy and public opinion obtained through Deliberative Polling®, a method that has been used in 29 countries and over 100 projects at varying levels of government and society.