Designed to translate real-world events into classroom content, our lessons and activities connect current events to history and everyday life, helping teachers ensure that their students become informed and empowered citizens. Ultimately, we help young people better understand various viewpoints and become better equipped to address shared challenges within their communities.
Develop a greater understanding of current policy issues with two new discussions each month.Learn More >
Explore multiple sides of broad policy areas and how they connect to longstanding tensions in our democracy.Learn More >
Connect historical events to current controversial issues through primary sources, video, virtual reality, and more.Learn More >
Connect with other classrooms across the country to practice civil dialogue.Learn More >
Our weekly posts frame major issues in the news to spark classroom discussions.Learn More >
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!
Close Up is a positive experience for students…
seeing themselves as having the power to influence the democratic process.
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.
Close Up brought me CLOSER to politics…
the entire notion no longer seemed obscure. I became very involved in politics on the local and national level.