A Comprehensive Approach to Teaching Current Issues
The design of our lessons and activities connects current events to history and everyday life, helping teachers ensure that their students become informed and empowered citizens. Ultimately our resources, allow young people to better understand various viewpoints and become better equipped to address shared challenges within their communities.
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Close Up is AMAZING…
I could not recommend it more highly. I took a group of 10 juniors as a first year teacher and all nerves I had were alleviated by my rep and the organization itself. It was THE smoothest process and week ever. You should never pass up an opportunity to experience Close Up!!!
Close Up gave me the chance to have my voice heard, …
…and spend time with kids who had the same interest in our nation as I did, and grow and learn through debate and first-hand experiences. Close Up was amazing. I would go back in a heartbeat!
This is a GREAT way to experience other places…
meet new students and learn more about government.
I’m all pumped up from the program! …
I plan to speak to everyone about the experience for students here. The curricular component has been rigorous and productive.