Catch up with The Civic Circle:

Giving Thanks on Giving Tuesday

Posted by encarney on  December 4, 2019

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The Civic Circle’s work would not be possible without our wonderful community of supporters, and it was gratifying to see so many people step forward to participate in our Giving Tuesday campaign. We had several parallel Facebook fundraisers under way to support our group, and quite a few contributions also came through directly via PayPal thanks to an appeal we sent out via email. Board member Hannah Rosenberg created an inspiring graphic to accompany our

“Vote for Me!” at Green Acres

Posted by encarney on  November 25, 2019

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“Vote for Me!” was well received this month at Green Acres School, where Nick and Lea performed a half-hour version of the show for about 70 students in Grades K-5. This was a good opportunity for us to test the K-2 audience, which thus far has seen only the one-person version of the show. Students were engaged and enthusiastic, and several came up afterward to thank us for the performance. A few photos are below.

Democracy Rocks at El Golfo

Posted by encarney on  November 25, 2019

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Last year, The Civic Circle’s first public event was a Celebrate Democracy Concert, and we had so much fun that we decided to make a concert part of our annual offering. This year’s Democracy Rocks Concert took place at El Golfo, a wonderful restaurant in Silver Spring that shared 20 percent of the proceeds. We collaborated with Liberty’s Promise, another civic education group that focuses principally on high school students. Teaching artist Lea Morris (LEA)

The Partisan Divide over Civic Education

Posted by encarney on  November 25, 2019

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There’s growing agreement on the need for to improve civic education in the U.S., but not much consensus over just what it is that students should learn. The September issue of The Civic Voice examines the “deep and lingering rifts over how to tell the American story.” In an article cross-posted on Medium and on The Fulcrum, I look at the longstanding partisan divide between those who want students to focus on original texts and

YouTube for The Civic Circle

Posted by encarney on  August 28, 2019

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Did you know that The Civic Circle is on YouTube? Our first video features the Celebrate Democracy Concert that we hosted on the eve of Election Day last year. Our assembly show, “Vote for Me!”, has evolved quite a bit since then, thanks in part to the feedback we received at that showcase. But this video of the evening’s highlights, produced by the wonderful Liz Porter, offers a nice introduction to our show, our mission,