Civic Learning Week 2024

New York Civic Learning Week 2024

Register here for DemocracyReady NY's free virtual events held throughout the week.

Scroll down to find a calendar of events, a social media toolkit,  and a list of ideas for Civic Learning Week activities and events. Complete this event form, and we will help publicize your event! 

Events from DemocracyReady NY Coalition Members

The Three Pillars of Civic Engagement

The New York Historical Society

Tuesday, March 12th | 7:00 – 8:00 pm ET

Are you looking for ways to get involved this election year? Join us online for a special talk with Diane Burrows from the League of Women Voters of the City of New York as she discusses the three pillars of civic engagement. Register here.


The Power of Participation: An Exploration of Civic Learning in the Youth Development Space

Citizen's Committee for Children New York

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST 

This webinar is for youth development practitioners (mentors, coaches, facilitators, teachers, etc.) who are interested in learning about approaches to intentionally embed civic learning into youth development programs. Register Here.


The Civically Engaged Districts Project: Civic Action Research in Schools and Communities

The Civically Engaged Districts (CED) Project brings together educators from across disciplines and districts to integrate civic action research into classrooms, curricula, and/or clubs, and involve young people in hands-on civic learning that engages schools and communities.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Join faculty, including DemocracyReady NY member Beth Rubin, educators and young people for this interactive virtual session to learn more about the CED Project and how to bring it to your district/school. This program is a collaborative effort between the Rutgers Graduate School of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University. Register here.

The CED Project is supported through the generous contribution of the Maher Charitable Foundation.


Developing Students’ Civic Imagination in Challenging Times

Facing History and Ourselves

Thursday, March 14 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Join us and our partners at the Civic Imagination Project to explore how you can leverage principles of civic education to empower your students to envision a better world. Register here.


Generation Citizen Virtual Youth Forum

Generation Citizen
Friday, March 15 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST
Generation Citizen is hosting a 60-minute virtual youth forum focused on the state of civics education for Gen-Z in the United States. Register here.



New York Civic Learning Week Social Media & Communications Toolkit

Use this social media & communications toolkit to spread the word about your Civic Learning Week activities. Tag us on social media and we'll share the message! @DemocracyReadyNy @EduEquity










Click here to download the New York Civic Learning Week logo and social media graphics to use for your event promotions. 

Use this sample outreach email template to spread the word about ways to get involved during NY Civic Learning Week. This template was adapted from the iCivics Civic Learning Week General Marketing Toolkit found here.

Ideas for New York Civic Learning Week Activities and Events

Possible NY Civic Learning Week Activities for Educators and Other Stakeholders

Join DemocracyReady NY in celebrating NY Civic Learning Week. Plan one (or more) of these activities for preK-12 students during the week of March 11-15, 2024, and we’ll help you publicize them.

Show us how you’re celebrating! Share pictures on social media! #NYCivicLearning2024 #DemocracyReadyNY #NYCivicReadiness

To download and share the social media toolkit and list of activities find a Google document version here. 

Community Service 

Provide youth and other community members with community service, service learning, or volunteering opportunities in your area.

Develop a Lesson Plan

Facing History and Ourselves offers a guide with a flexible collection of activities, readings, lessons, and strategies designed to help you develop a meaningful civic education experience in your classroom.

Watch the KidCivics video series from Inquiring Minds Institute for inspiration on classroom conversations. The series is designed by kids to help children and adults understand how children can thrive during their time in school by engaging in democratic civic thinking and doing. 

In New York City, Civics for All provides resources, materials, professional learning, and student-facing programming to all NYCDOE schools. The initiative focuses on K-12 culturally responsive civic education models that are interactive, project-based, and relevant to students’ lives.

Essay Writing Contest

Raise a question about the importance of civic education for youth to think and write about; offer a prize and/or opportunity for publication during Civic Learning Week.  Last year, DemocracyReady NY youth members wrote reflective essays after their Civic Learning Week experiences.

Host an Elected Official

Host a meeting, assembly, or classroom discussion with a school board member, legislator, or other local elected official. 

Media Literacy 

Plan lessons encouraging students to build media literacy skills by asking key questions about content on YouTube, TikTok, or other social media. Visit Project Look Sharp’s website for free classroom materials! 

Another example from The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) is this lesson plan for grade 3-5 educators. 

Multigenerational Advocacy

Create a multigenerational group of people to call elected officials and engage in advocacy about the importance of civic learning, media literacy, or other specific issues.

Op-Ed Writing 

Plan lessons that encourage students to write op-eds and letters to the editor of a local publication or student newspaper on the importance of civic learning, media literacy, or another civic topic they care about. Here are some helpful resources from the Op-Ed Project.

Plan a Debate 

Plan a debate on a school policy or other topic of interest to school community members. Check out this Classroom Debate Guide from iCivics. 

Show a Movie 

Show a movie that raises awareness about the importance of civic participation.

Student Interviews 

Provide opportunities for students to interview policy makers and educators supporting effective civic education through print or video.

Student Podcasts 

Encourage students to choose an issue that matters to them (local, state, national, or global), then make an audio or video commentary or podcast on that issue, combining personal experience and research/evidence. Here are examples from the Next Generation Politics youth-led podcast “The Round Table” 

Town Hall Meeting

Plan a town hall meeting to discuss what the civic mission of schooling means to your school or community.

Need more inspiration? Here is a link to New York Civic Learning Week 2023 events.

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