As part of my curriculum in teaching 8th grade social studies, I am required to teach a quarter of government. I would often find myself struggling to make that quarter interesting and relatable to my students. The iCivics website changed everything in my classroom. I felt comfortable using iCivics because iCivics lessons are aligned with state and Common Core standards. You may think that yes, the iCivics website is just another tool for your tool belt, but the website is more than just a tool- it's an engaging experience.
We’ve all seen the statistics…The Nation’s Report Card (NAEP) has consistently revealed that students, K-12, are not proficient in civics and government. As of 2006, only 27% of 12th graders were proficient in civics and government. The statistics for adults don’t get any better. A study conducted by the American Bar Association (2005) revealed that less than half of American adults could identify the three branches of government and only 57% could identif
During the month of June, iCivics welcomed Baylor Teaching Fellow, Tyler Ellis an Ed D candidate at Baylor University and 6th grade reading teacher at Rapoport Academy (Waco, TX). Tyler spent his time with the curriculum team working on DB Quest, Drafting Board 2.0 and other parts of the iCivics curriculum. As an educator, Tyler is part of a long tradition of teachers. He doesn’t take this responsibility lightly and finds teaching to be challenging, enjoyable and a natural fit for his personality.
iCivics welcomes our Teachers Council members to Washington, DC today. The purpose of this mini conference? Train our new council on a new mission centered around service. “Our goal is to have an action plan for serving teachers this fall”, says Erin Braun, Outreach Director. With the overall shift from recruitment to service, the Teachers Council of twenty has a big job of effectively supporting the iCivics user base of 40,000 active teachers.
Today, we are excited to announce the appointment of Louise Dubé as Executive Director. A leader in the education technology industry, Louise brings over 20 years of experience in learning design, product development, marketing and distribution strategy to iCivics. Louise will succeed co-founder and former Executive Director Jeff Curley, who is returning to graduate school and will join the iCivics advisory board.