Tools for Educators

Learn practical skills and find the resources you need to help your students discuss, debate, and take action on current issues!

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At Close Up, we know from educating almost one million middle and high school students on our experiential programs in Washington, DC, that helping young people discuss controversial issues can be challenging. With this in mind, Close Up offers materials, lesson plans, professional development, and programming designed to help educators and students engage in meaningful dialogue about political and social issues.

Close Up’s approach to civic education in the classroom draws upon our nearly 50 years of experience engaging young people from diverse backgrounds in discussions and debates about pressing policy issues, government structure, and democratic values. Our methodology is informed by experiential and cooperative learning theories, issue-centered education, and principles in democratic education. Below, you can learn how our materials and programming can help your classroom.



Classroom Resources

Prepare students to discuss current events with our classroom resources.

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Professional Development

Gain skills, tools, and strategies to frame controversial issue discussions in your classroom.

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Understand key principles and theories of Close Up’s pedagogy.

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Current Partnerships

Learn about Close Up’s partnerships in the civic education world.

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Virtual Learning Opportunities

Discover our engaging, virtual learning opportunities.

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Current Issues 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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High School Programs

High school students from across the country come together to make lasting connections with the people and places that represent our democracy.

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Middle School Programs

Middle School students from across the country come together to live and learn in the nation’s capital.

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