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Civics and Government

Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship Purdue University
"The [Center's] focus is to provide programs, institutes, activities, and resources for educators to implement more powerful citizenship programs and opportunities that result in active student involvement in schools and communities."
American Bar Association Division for Public Education
American Federation of Teachers
American Lawyers Alliance The mission of the American Lawyers Alliance is to promote understanding of the American legal system through our national network of lawyers’ spouses. The ALA strives to provide a communication network to bring our unique strengths to the preservation and enhancement of the American legal system, and to preserve the integrity of our legal heritage through citizenship education.
American Political Science Association Of particular interest: "[N]umerous historical essays published in 1985 published in support of expanding the discussion and knowledge-base about the Constitution... ."
The Bill of Rights Institute The Bill of Rights Institute's mission is to educate high school students and teachers about America's Founding principles through programs that teach the words and ideas of the Founders; the liberties and freedoms guaranteed in our Founding documents; and how America's Founding principles affect and shape a free society.
Center for California Studies California State University, Sacramento
A public service, educational support, and applied research institute; dedicated to promoting a better understanding of California's government, politics, peoples, cultures and history. Fostering civic literacy is a primary mission of the Center. The Center conducts numerous programs designed to enhance political literacy and opportunities for effective participation of Californians.
 Center on Education Policy The Center "is the independent advocate for public education and for more effective schools... [It] works to help Americans better understand the role of public education in a democracy and the need to improve the academic quality of public schools."
Civics Renewal Network The Civics Renewal Network is an alliance of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the U.S. by increasing the quality of civics education in our nation's schools and by improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost learning materials. On the Civics Renewal Network site, teachers can find the best resources of these organizations, searchable by subject, grade, resource type, standards, and teaching strategy. The Center for Civic Education is proud to offer free lesson plans to visitors to the Civics Renewal Network's homepage.
CIVNET: Journal for a Civil Society Articles, essays, book reviews, and reports regarding democracy, civil society, and civic education published online by CIVITAS, an international, non-government organization dedicated to promoting civic education. Also contains a teaching resource center, links to civics organizations and programs, and a calendar of events.
Constitutional Rights Foundation CRF develops, produces, and distributes programs and materials to teachers, students, and public-minded citizens all across the nation.
Constitutional Rights Foundation - Chicago
Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge "America's School for Citizenship Education."
Indiana Program for Law-Related Education
Institute for Character Development A non-profit foundation housed as a grant-funded institute at Drake University. "The institute's mission is to recognize, enhance, and sustain the positive qualities of Iowans in order to promote civility through character development."
James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation
John C. Stennis Institute of Government The John C. Stennis Institute at Mississippi State University has over 1,000 links to materials that can assist with the implementation of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution andWe the People: Project Citizen. Categories include Interactive Presentations, Congressional Information, Current Events, Handouts, Historic Court Cases, Historic Speeches, Historic Texts, Information Search, Lesson Plans, Local Maps, Presidential Information, State Constitutions, and Today in History.
National Civic League
National Conference of State Legislatures
National Education Association
National Endowment for Democracy
North Carolina Civic Education Consortium A volunteer work group of the Civic Education Consortium developed the NC Civic Index in response to a lack of comprehensive and meaningful measures of civic engagement. The existing measures are limited and offer little insight into the preparation of youth to become engaged citizens. For this reason, the Consortium chose to gather relevant data through a statewide telephone survey. Nearly 800 non-voting age youth, ages 13-17, were asked about their civic skills, behavior, knowledge, attitudes and opportunities.
Street Law, Inc. "dedicated to empowering people through law-related education."
The Thomas Jefferson Center
for the Protection of Free Expression
"devoted solely to the defense of free expression in all its forms."


Civic Papers and Publications

Cultivating Democracy: Civic Environments and Political Socialization In America Drawing on extensive interviews with high school students from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, this book explores how different political environments mold civic engagement, or the attitudes of youth toward government and politics.

Educational Resources

Challenge Grants for Technology in Education
Constitution Day from the ACLU This website from the ACLU seeks to engage teachers, students, and parents on why the Constitution is relevant to their every day lives. You can find curricula, games from iCivics, activities, and more.
C-SPAN in the Classroom
Development Education Program "Bringing sustainable development into the classroom."
This division of World Bank Group offers Beyond Economic Growth, a textbook that "draws on data published by the World Bank, is addressed to students, teachers, and all those interested in exploring issues of global development.... [D]esigned to be adapted by individual countries to reflect their specific development issues and to meet their own curriculum needs."
EDSITEment This website of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Verizon Foundation contains high-quality lesson plans for various academic subjects, including history and social studies. The site contains an extensive collection of Constitution Day lessons.
Liberty Day "Liberty Day is a celebration originated by [the] Colorado Lions to call attention to both the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution. Events are scheduled statewide with the cooperation of Lions on the local and district level, elected government representatives and school superintendents and teachers."
National Assessment of Educational Progress Examine "the Nation's Report Card."
National Education Goals Panel
National Council for the Social Studies Resources for Social Studies Educators from NCSS.
SCORE History-Social Science Resources Schools of California Online Resources for Education.
 United States Courts The federal courts’ Internet site offers classroom-ready and courtroom-ready resources in multimedia formats on its Educational Resources page.  Topics include cyberbullying, texting while driving, and downloading music on the Internet. Bill of Rights programs and resources deal with teen-relevant  First and Fourth Amendment
scenarios based on Supreme Court decisions.  Find tools for teachers, as well as homework help for students, including Federal Court Basics,and Fast Facts.  Courtroom and classroom activities, videos, podcasts, slide shows, and handouts are adaptable for interactive presentation boards, electronic slide presentations, and social media
What So Proudly We Hail A civic education initiative that uses literature to teach students about the American character and the promise of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Includes discussion guides; video conversations; a searchable library of short stories, historic documents, and songs; and resources on the American holidays.

United States Government

United States Senate
United States House of Representatives
Congressional Directory Search the Congressional Directory at the United States Government Printing Office.
Library of Congress World Wide Web Includes Library Services, Research Tools, American Memory Project.
THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
Supreme Court of the United States
The Federal Court Locator
The Federal Judicial Center The Federal Judicial Center is the research and education agency of the federal judicial system. It was established by Congress in 1967 (28 U.S.C. ¤¤ 620-629), on the recommendation of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
Supreme Court Decisions The Legal Information Institute's collection of recent and historic Supreme Court decisions, hypertext versions of the full US Code, US Constitution, Federal Rules of Evidence and Civil Procedure and other important legal materials - federal, state, foreign, and international. At Cornell Law School.
Federal Register Online via Government Printing Office Access.
Federal Government Sites At the United States Department of Justice.
Fedstats "A trusted source for federal statistical information since 1997. FedStats supports a community of practice for over 100 agencies engaged in the production and dissemination of official federal statistics, and provides the public with a showcase of information, tools and news related to official Federal statistics."
Peace Corps "Mission: To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans."
Selective Service System "The mission of the Selective Service System is: to provide manpower to the armed forces in an emergency; and to run an Alternative Service Program for men classified as conscientious objectors during a draft." Register online.
United States Agency for International Development
United States Census Bureau Hosted by the Department of Commerce, this useful site includes much more than just census information.
United States Department of Education
United States Department of Justice
United States Department of State
United States Government Manual Online The official handbook of the Federal government. Provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches.
United States Government Printing Office A free, nonpartisan site that introduces video-on-demand into American politics. This site offers voters and the media the first-ever one-stop shop for the video views of candidates and issue groups.
League of Women Voters of California
Presidential Campaign Memorabilia A fascinating exhibit of US presidential campaign memorabilia drawn primarily from the holdings of the Duke University Special Collections Library. Letters, leaflets, posters, buttons, sheet music, and more. Includes links to other sites with information about US presidential campaigns.
Project Vote Smart
The White House


Reference and Research

The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School

Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy

California Public Management Casebook CSU Sacramento
California Casebooks are a joint project of IGS and the Center for California State Studies at CSU, Sacramento.
Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Government Provided by the US Central Intelligence Agency.
CIA World Factbook Demographic and political information about various countries and territories. Provided by the US Central Intelligence Agency.
A Chronology of US Historical Documents University of Oklahoma Law Center.
Douglass - Archives of American Public Address Northwestern University
An electronic archive of American oratory and related documents.
Foreign Governments Northwestern University
Links to foreign government homepages, as well as constitutions, publications and maps.
Historical Maps of the United States Perry-Casteneda Library Map Collection
Early Inhabitants, Exploration and Settlement, US Territorial Growth, and National Historic Sites.
History of the United States Mississippi State University
The Historical Text Archive provides original material, links to other sites, and electronic reprints of books.
Internet Modern History Sourcebook An incredibly comprehensive collection of links documenting modern European history and Western Civilization.
National Archives and Records Administration From the NARA mission statement: " ensure ready access to essential evidence...that documents the rights of American citizens, the activities of federal officials, and the national experience...." This essential research site includes an Online Exhibit Hall, Genealogy Page, and Historical Records of Government Agencies.
National School Network Association "Exploring tools, information services, technology and support for a national network of local learning communities."
The Pew Research Center for the People
and the Press
Sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trusts, this site features research on public opinion and useful polling data.
The Smithsonian Institution Museums, resources, tours, and activities at "America's Treasure House for Learning."
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy was designed from its inception (September 1995) as a dynamic reference work. In a dynamic reference work, each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public.
World Bank Institute
World Rulers This site contains lists of heads of state and government of all currently existing countries and territories. Site includes a "Chronicle of Relevant Events" since 1996

International Culture, Law, and Politics

CIVITAS: Bosnia and Herzegovina Civitas BiH is a unique multi cultural program which is being implemented in all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina at elementary schools and high schools as well as teacher training universities.
Citizenship Foundation "The Citizenship Foundation promotes citizenship education through a wide range of programmes, particularly in the fields of rights and responsibilities; law and the legal system; human rights; education for democracy; and moral and critical thinking." UK.
Co-operation Ireland Co-operation Ireland was established in 1979 to encourage and promote interaction, dialogue, and practical collaboraton within Northern Ireland and between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Discovering Democracy School Materials Project

This Australian project, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education, Training, and Youth Affairs, supports schools with their civics and citizenship programs, distibuting free materials to all schools in Australia.

Europa The Europa server, gateway to the EU, provides links to the Institutions of the European Union (including the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament, and the European Court of Justice) as well as history, law, policies, and news.
International Constitutional Law ICL provides English translations of and other textual material related to constitutional documents. This site contains constitutions of many nations.
Jordanian Center for Civic Education The Jordanian Center for Civic Education was established in Amman in August 2003. The Center aims to promote civic awareness amongst the Jordanian population focusing their aspirations in such a way as to enable them to become active citizens who are aware of their rights and responsibilities and those of others.
National Libraries of Europe Many national libraries have online information services, which may include collections, catalogs, bibliographies, and databases. Through Gabriel, Gateway to Europe's National Libraries, which also hosts the Bibliotecha Universalis: "The main objective of Bibliotheca Universalis is to make the major works of the world's scientific and cultural heritage accessible to a vast public via multimedia technologies, hence fostering the exchange of knowledge and dialogue over national and international borders."
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Moscow School of Human Rights "The Moscow School of Human Rights is a non-governmental and non-commercial organization functioning in the sphere of additional education."
Romania -- (I. I. T.) The Intercultural Institute of Timisoara (I. I. T.) is an autonomous, non-governmental institution, having a cultural, civic and scientific activity, without political purposes, which adheres to the values and the principles of the Council of Europe concerning interculturality. The I. I. T. was established in 1992 with the support of the local authorities of Timisoara and of the Council of Europe.
Seeds of Peace Founded in 1993, Seeds of Peace is dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence.
United States Department of State:
International Information Programs