Classroom Resources

Active citizenship begins by connecting the past to the present when discussing current issues, often in the classroom.

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.

FREE CLASSROOM RESOURCES:

Controversial Issues in the News
Public Policy In-Depth
Lessons and Activities

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Controversial Issues in the News

Develop a greater understanding of current policy issues with two new discussions each month.

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Public Policy In-Depth

Explore multiple sides of broad policy areas and how they connect to longstanding tensions in our democracy.

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Historical Perspectives

Connect historical events to current controversial issues through primary sources, video, virtual reality, and more.

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Virtual Engagement: Mismatch

Connect with other classrooms across the country to practice civil dialogue.

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Close Up In Class Blog

Our weekly posts frame major issues in the news to spark classroom discussions.

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Register to Vote

Register to vote!

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