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Agenda for Education in a Democracy Seeks to support young people's participation in a social and political democracy through research and programs that promote democratic citizenship.  Includes Institute for Educational Inquiry and the Center for Educational Renewal.

American Political Science Association - Civic Education Organizations Extensive online list of civic education organizations.

Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools: Works with 40 coalition partners to bring about changes in state, local, and national policy that promote civic learning and implement the recommendations in the Civic Mission of Schools report.

Campus Compact: Organization representing 900 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. 

Center for Civic Education: Specializes in civic/citizenship education, law-related education, and international educational exchange programs for developing democracies.

Center for Democracy and Citizenship: Develops citizenship initiatives around the concept of public work.

Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE): Funds and disseminates research on the civic and political engagement of Americans between the ages of 15 and 25.

Citizenship Education Research Network: Researchers, policy makers, and practitioners interested in citizenship education and research in Canada.

Civic Practices Network: A collaborative and nonpartisan project designed to bring schooling for active citizenship into the information age.

CIVNET: Online resource and service that promotes civic education all over the world.

Close-Up Foundation: Works to promote responsible and informed participation in the democratic process through a variety of educational programs for middle and high school students, teachers, and adults. The web site describes programs and provides a range of links to resources and organizations.

Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) and the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC): Both offer civic education curricula, activities for students, and professional development for teachers.

Corporation for National and Community Service: Provides opportunities for community service through three programs: Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America.  Part of USA Freedom Corps, a White House initiative to foster a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility. Resources for promoting democratic citizenship, character education, and service learning.

Educators for Social Responsibility: Helps educators create safe, caring, respectful, and productive learning environments that foster democratic participation and change.  Their New York City chapter website includes resources for teachers on a variety of issues, including a number of excellent curriculum examples under the umbrella title "Reflecting on 9/11"

El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice: A small learning community high school that emphasizes curricular and extra-curricular activities in the community to strengthen civic engagement and democratic citizenship.

e.thePeople: Digital town hall that "promotes intelligent and diverse discussion and political action."

Facing History and Ourselves: Offers professional development services, teacher resources, and publications that encourage educators to use history to teach students about “civic responsibility, tolerance, and social action.”

Highlander Research and Education Center: Highlander sponsors educational programs and research into community problems, as well as a residential Workshop Center for social change organizations and workers active in the South and internationally. Over the course of its history, Highlander has played important roles in many major political movements, including the Southern labor movements of the 1930s, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1940s-60s, and the Appalachian people's movements of the 1970s-80s

Institute for Democracy and Education at Ohio University: Provides teachers, administrators, parents, and students committed to democratic education with a forum for sharing ideas, with a support network of people holding similar values, and with opportunities for professional development.

Kids Can Make A Difference: School program and detailed curriculum to inspire young people to realize that it is within their power to help eliminate hunger and poverty in their communities, their country, and their world.

National Alliance for Civic Education: Selected resources and guidelines for civic education.

National Association of School Psychologists: One Year Later: A 9/11 Memorial

North Carolina Civic Education Consortium: Works with schools, governments, and community organizations to prepare North Carolina's young people to be active, responsible citizens. 

The Political Engagement Project - Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: A collaborative study of twenty-one college and university based programs that strengthen students' political understanding and engagement.  The web-site includes curriculum resources.

Project 540: Gives students nationwide the opportunity to talk about issues that matter to them and to turn these conversations into real school and community change.

Project Vote Smart: Project Vote Smart (PVS) is dedicated to providing all Americans with accurate and unbiased information for electoral decision-making.

Public Achievement:People of all ages work with others, meet challenges and solve problems, learning from each other the meaning of citizenship and democracy.

Public Broadcasting System: America Responds

Rethinking Schools: Writing, resources, and advocacy for public education reform in the pursuit of equity and social justice.  See, especially, lesson plans by Bill Bigelow.

Rouge Forum: Meetings and resources for educators, students, and parents interested in teaching and learning for a democratic society.

Social Science Research Council: Provides teaching guides covering a range of issues:  globalization; terrorism and democratic Values; war; building peace; fundamentalisms

Street Law Inc.: Practical, participatory education about law, democracy and human rights. Street Law features the curriculum Street Law and many other curricular resources for teachers and students.

Teachers First: See their lesson on terrorism and tolerance

Teaching for Change: Provides professional development workshops, publications, parent-empowerment program, and catalog of K-12 resources serve for teachers and parents.  Focus is on diversity and global citizenship.

Teaching Tolerance: Founded by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance supports the efforts of K-12 teachers and other educators to promote respect for differences and appreciation of diversity.