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    Call for Proposals: 2020-21 Innovators in Civic Education Fellowship

    The David Mathews Center for Civic Life’s (DMC) Innovators in Civic Education Fellowship provides classroom and community-based educators with the resources and training they need to bring high-quality, civics-forward social studies education to their classroom.

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    Public Life in the Time of Coronavirus

    This is a scary time for all of us. It’s a time requiring us to make drastic changes to our lives. In addition to taking extra health and safety precautions, we’re being asked not to gather face-to-face for a while, to practice social distancing to “flatten the curve” and protect our most vulnerable neighbors. Here are some ideas for staying connected in a time of social distancing.

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  3. Students reading a website

    Teaching Civic Skills: Media Literacy Resources

    With an ever-increasing number of sources to gather information from, how can we be confident that the sources we read are trustworthy and the information that they provide is reliable and accurate? When we ask ourselves this question, what we are asking about is media literacy Read More »

  4. Interns sit around a large table discussing issues.

    2020-21 JOIP Request for Proposals

    The David Mathews Center for Civic Life is pleased to announce our Jean O’Connor-Snyder Internship Call for Proposals for the 2020-21 academic year!

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  5. Desks in a line in a classroom

    Learning by Belonging: Active Citizenship & Place-Based Education

    “They are a product of their upbringing” only tells us part of the story. Once we look deeper, however, a more profound meaning of this cliché comes to light.

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  6. In Your Backyard: DMC’s 2019 Educator Summit

    The David Mathews Center for Civic Life concluded its Alabama Bicentennial Commission supported teacher workshop series on October 1, 2019, with “In Your Backyard: Civic Education Through Historical Perspective Taking.” Read More »

  7. Montevallo’s Family Literacy Program

    The Montevallo Family Literacy Program, an initiative for ELL families that spurred from ideas discussed during the Cradle to Career forum series in Montevallo, had its first parent education class on October 8, 2019. The Montevallo Family Literacy Program is a many pronged approach to literacy available to ELL families in the Montevallo community.

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  8. Announcing the 2019 – 2020 Jean O’Connor- Snyder Internship Programs

    During the early spring of 2019, The DMC invited institutions of higher education across the state to send in applications for the Jean O’Connor-Snyder Internship Program (JOIP). Established in 2008, the David Mathews Center’s longest running program, lovingly named in honor of Mrs. Jean O’Connor – Snyder, provides experiential learning opportunities for Alabama’s undergraduate students. Over the past eleven years the DMC has funded JOIP programs in twelve Alabama colleges and universities, engaging over 210 students who worked in 22 different Alabama counties. 

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  9. Civic Dispatch: The Marion Cemetery, A Lesson in Community Involvement

    Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Logan Goulart reflects on the Marion Cemetery in his thought piece from Marion, Alabama.

    Across the street from historic Judson College, the entrance to the cemetery is what you would expect of any cemetery entrance: two brick pillars and a metal arch with “Marion Cemetery” in slanted letters.

    A paved road leads into the heart of the cemetery. Headstones dot the landscape in front, and white obelisks stand out amidst the gray. The grave markers emit an undeniable sense of history, and memories flood the senses.  Read More »

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