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  1. Remembering Us

    2017-18 Civic Fellow Jessica Holdnak reflects on the shared power of a history in which we can all see ourselves.     Read More »

  2. The Kids are Alright

    “If we represent knowledge as a tree, we know that things that are divided are yet connected. We know that to observe the divisions and to ignore the connections is to destroy the tree.” – Wendell Berry Read More »

  3. Immersive Civic Learning in Alabama

    The David Mathews Center for Civic Life is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that seeks to promote effective civic engagement, active citizenship, and community collaboration. Read More »

  4. Civic Resolutions for a New (School) Year

    August has often struck me as a season of fresh starts for educators: new school year, new students, new professional development opportunities, perhaps even a new curriculum. During January of this year, the David Mathews Center staff identified our Civic Resolutions – ways that we were going to strive personally and collectively to contribute to the communities where we live. While January was a wonderful time to reflect on personal Civic Resolutions, August seems like a fitting time to reflect on Civic Education Resolutions. Read More »

  5. Using Deliberative Questions to Dive Deeper into History

    As we enter the new school year, it seems like a good time to introduce deliberative practices to your classroom. One way to make your class lectures more deliberative is to ask clarifying questions. These questions guide students in identifying the values and motives behind major decisions as well as the tradeoffs, consequences and risks of making those choices. 

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