Civic Education

Civics Education Links for Teachers or Homeschools

Center for Civic Education: Sign up for its new twice-weekly Civics SmartBrief.

Civics 101 Podcast: School and library visits offered for both podcast instruction and civic conversation, in person or virtual. Learn more.

C-SPAN Classroom: Check out its new biweekly podcast, C-SPAN in the Classroom. Learn more.

C-SPAN Classroom: 2022 StudentCam Competition is open. Learn more.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate: Reservations accepted for in-person or virtual field trips in the fall. Learn more.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon: Apply for its free summer residential programs. Learn more.

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation: 2022 applications for $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships are available. Learn more.

National Constitution Center: 2021-22 class schedule is available. Learn more.

National Constitution Center: Free, online teacher workshops available. Learn more.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Apply for summer institutes and seminars. Learn more.

Street Law: Applications open for 2022 Supreme Court Summer Institute. Learn more.

March 17, 2021: Jessica Sapalio on Criminal Justice Reform

October 6, 2020: Women’s Equality and the Right to Vote at William & Mary Business School

The following webinars are from LWV-WA in partnership with the Williamsburg Regional Library.

June 16, 2020: Civics or Civic Education: Same or Different?

What can you do during this period of unrest in America—in addition to voting? What does civics mean to you? Do you need a refresher crash course? Start by learning—in this first webinar from the Williamsburg Area League of Women Voters, co-sponsored with the Williamsburg Regional Library. It covers the basics of civics, some naturalization test questions, civic duties, civic education resources for teachers and parents and how to be a better informed citizen in a democracy.

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 July 21: Voting Rights in America 

How did voting rights in our Constitution evolve since 1787? What did our Founding Fathers envision about voting? What is the history of the power of voting in America?This second Civics 101 webinar answers these questions, reviews the effects of Jim Crow laws, and prepares voters for the recent changes in election laws in Virginia.

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August 18, 2020: 100 Years of Women Suffrage: Standing on Their Shoulders

Women were not GIVEN the right to vote. They had to fight for it for 72 years and more. Who were the women who fought this long battle for suffrage until the 19th Amendment was ratified? And what was the untold story of women of color who were marginalized in this suffrage movement?

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August 26, 2020: Absentee Voting – How does it work?

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September 15, 2020: Barriers to Voting: Fraud or Suppression?

Voter suppression and intimidation have gotten a lot more sophisticated since Jim Crow days. But it is still alive and now includes the spreading of misinformation and charges of fraud. How much does casting doubt on the legitimacy of elections hurt our democracy? How can voters face these barriers and regain trust in our election system?

Powerpoint Slides (pdf)