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  1. Using Stories as a Tool for Civic Skill Building

    In social studies and specifically, civics, a students’ proficiency is often determined by whether they know “the facts”: the signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, how a bill becomes a law. It is certainly important for students to study this information. After all, studying history helps us make informed decisions about our future. But, if we compartmentalize mastering civics and social studies to memorizing timelines, historical figures, or facts, we are missing out on the opportunity we have to prepare students for active citizenship. Read More »

  2. Bringing the Museum Home: Online Learning Exhibits

    The David Mathews Center offers issue guides for classroom discussion on historical events in Alabama history, including the Creek War, women’s suffrage, and the Civil Rights movement. While the issue guides are an excellent starting point for discussing the difficult choices citizens made during these events, here are a few resources for taking your learning even farther. Read More »

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    New Video Series: “Alabama Talks Back”

    Our new video series, Alabama Talks Back, highlights the creative strategies being developed by community leaders and everyday Alabamians as they adapt to the challenges that come with social distancing.

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    From the Magna Carta to the Modern Day: Teaching Active Citizenship

    In the times when our communities are faced with the toughest challenges, there emerge powerful examples of what it means to be a good community member and active citizen. Read More »

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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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    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 »

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    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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    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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  10. 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 »

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