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Civic Learning

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A Lesson in Civic Health Sitting Down with Two Secretaries of StateAt the National Association of Secretaries of State Summer Conference 2012, Kristen Cambell, Chief Program Officer for NCoC, hosted a workshop about the role that Secretaries can play in being champions ... July 31, 2012 discussion
Book Release: Citizenship: What Every American Needs to KnowWith a presidential election just four months away and growing concern over America’s civic knowledge deficit, Citizenship offers citizens the tools they need to take part in thoughtful civic ... June 29, 2012 discussion
Why Tuesday?’s Jacob Soboroff Hosts “Civics In A Minute”TakePart and Why Tuesday? teamed up to create “Civics In A Minute” – a video series that breaks down politics to show how government and the elections process works. NCoC Fellow ... June 4, 2012
Public Policy Chat: John BridgelandThis month, NCoC Communications Fellow Alice Murphy talks to John Bridgeland, President and CEO of Civic Enterprises, about service-learning and how the U.S. has progressed on its promise to be a service ... May 17, 2012 discussion
Paul Loeb Explores the Soul of a CitizenWith over 135,000 copies in print, Paul Loeb’s Soul of a Citizen has become a classic handbook for budding social activists, veteran organizers, and anyone who wants to make a difference—large ... May 7, 2012
Why Tuesday?by Jacob SoboroffHave you ever asked yourself why we vote on Tuesdays? In this guest post, Why Tuesday? Executive Director Jacob Soboroff highlights a TED Active talk that discusses the historical legislative reasons America’s ... April 11, 2012 discussion
Public Policy Chat: Ted McConnellIn this month’s Public Policy Chat, NCoC Communications Fellow Alice Murphy talks to Ted McConnell about recent changes to national education policies and what that means for civic learning and the ... March 20, 2012 discussion
“Teaching America,” a Brookings Institution EventOn January 9, Brookings hosted a discussion of Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education. Contributing authors laid out their proposals for strengthening civic education in a discussion moderated ... January 17, 2012 discussion
Recent Momentum on Civic Learning Following “Guardian of Democracy”Much momentum has been generated in the are of civic learning following the September 2011 release of “Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools.” January 17, 2012
A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s FutureA Call to Action and Report from The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic EngagementThis report from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement calls on the nation to reclaim higher education’s civic mission. Commissioned by the Department of Education and ... January 11, 2012 publication
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Corporate Citizenship

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How to Match Companies and CausesNew York TimesNew York Times Q & A on the career couch discusses creating a volunteer program where you work. August 30, 2010 news
Citizenship for the 21st Centuryby Stanley Litow, IBMThe ideals of citizenship and volunteerism were deeply embedded in America’s founding documents, and recent legislation, public initiatives, and corporate investment have given these values renewed ... October 6, 2010 discussion
Survey: Corporations Should Do More To HelpNonProfit TimesStudy finds 62 percent feel it is no longer enough for corporations to solely give money away to good causes. Instead, respondents claimed they want businesses to integrate charitable causes into their ... November 8, 2010 news
Business at Its BestCEOs Pursue Business Opportunities Where Corporate and Societal Priorities ConvergeCECP and Accenture have recently collaborated to produce a new global research report which provides practical guidance on how to implement Sustainable Value Creation, and adds valuable insights into the ... June 26, 2011 publication
When addressing public problems, is our goal always building consensus or finding common ground? Should it be?A Civic Connector Commentary by Bobbi SiltenThe “Civic Connector” is a daily online forum during the 66th Annual National Conference on Citizenship. The September 20 commentator is Bobbi Silten, Chief Foundation Officer of Gap Inc. and ... September 20, 2011 discussion
CECP releases Giving in Numbers: 2011 Edition, a robust analysis of corporate giving trendsThe Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) has released Giving in Numbers: 2011 Edition , the CEO membership organization’s seventh annual report on corporate giving trends. The ... October 28, 2011 publication
Bringing Your Values to Work: Recent Data on Employee Engagement from CECPby Margaret Coady, CECPThe analysis of corporate giving trends make clear that companies continue to invest in programs that allow employees to bring their values to work. In light of CECP’s 2011 “Giving in Numbers” ... December 6, 2011 discussion
USA Today Gifts that give back this holiday seasonKindness Blog, USA TodayChristie Garton of USA Today compiles neat roundup of "gifts that give back" this holiday season. December 7, 2011 blog
Corporations redefine bottom linePhilanthropy JournalArticle by Todd Cohen discusses the alignment of corporate engagement and philanthropy programs with a business’ bottom line. December 7, 2011 news
Washington Post Millennials to business: Social responsibility isn’t optionalMichelle Nunn in Washington PostA Washington Post article by Michelle Nunn discusses the Millennial generation’s influence on corporate citizenship trends. December 20, 2011 op-ed
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Online Engagement

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Discussion: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy?6 Hypotheses on the Link Between Civic Health and UnemploymentResearch shows a connection between civic health and a community’s ability to weather a recession. We’ve posited 6 hypotheses about why this connection exists, and invite you to join in a discussion. February 16, 2012 discussion
Politics and Social Media: What’s the Relationship Status?Measures of political involvement are down. Social media usage is up. A lot of attention is being focused on the role of social networks in the 2012 election, but early data suggests it is not realizing ... February 8, 2012 discussion
The Power of Social Networks to Break the Cycle of Poverty Huffington PostAn article in the Huffington Post by Maurice Lim Miller discusses the importance of social networks (both information sharing and viral communication via technology and human connections) in breaking the ... December 13, 2011 blog
Capital Staffers Index explores influence of social media on policyAn interesting new study from Edelman called the “Capital Staffers Index” explored the perceptions of senior legislative staff related to global public affairs and communications. Among ... December 7, 2011 blog
Let’s go #GoodSpottingThis holiday season, we’re joining the Case Foundation in #GoodSpotting! Together, we’re catching people (or organizations) in the act of doing good. November 22, 2011 program
How Do We Ensure Information Validity?A Civic Connector Commentary by Jim NewtonThe “Civic Connector” is a daily online forum during the 66th Annual National Conference on Citizenship. The September 19 commentator is Jim Newton, Editor at Large of the Los Angeles Times. ... September 19, 2011 discussion
Report Shows Majority of Americans Civically Engaged in Their CommunitiesBoomers and Older Adults Rank High Across Several Key Categories of Civic EngagementBetween 2008 and 2010, a majority of Americans were civically active in a variety of ways, working with others to improve their communities, according to the 2011 Civic Life in America: Key Findings on ... September 15, 2011 press release
What’s Trending in #Congress?New Report Shows Capitol Hill Uses Social Media ExtensivelyMost Members of Congress have thoroughly integrated social media into their communications operations, and are using new media tools to gauge public opinion, communicate with constituents, and reach new ... August 2, 2011 discussion
Can Social Media Reinvigorate American Democracy?There is no question that the rise of social media has impacted the way that American and global citizens interact with one another. The rapid transfer of ideas and perspectives across geographical boundaries ... July 13, 2011 event reflection
Harnessing Active Citizenship: The Internet as a Tool to Engage the PublicIn Using Online Tools to Engage-and be Engaged- by The Public , author Matt Leighninger describes how a “public manager” can use specific technologies to harness the power of active citizenship ... June 10, 2011 publication
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Political Involvement

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Local Organizations Push for Increased Civic Engagement on National Voter Registration DayOriginally posted by Ashlee Rezin at Progress IllinoisWith the 2014 general election just 13 months away and voter registration numbers at an all-time low, hundreds of volunteers took to Chicagoland streets Tuesday to mark National Voter Registration Day ... September 30, 2013
American Dreamerby Beth Saulnier
Originally posted in the Cornell Alumni Magazine
The son of Albanian nationalist, Ilir Zherka ‘89 (literally) wrote the book on citizen advocacy
July 3, 2013
The Power to Set This Country’s CourseIn his Inaugural Address on Monday, January 21st, President Obama reflected upon the Inauguration tradition as an opportunity to, “affirm the promise of our democracy.” The President then called ... January 22, 2013
Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012 by the NumbersOn December 12th, NCoC and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) released Volunteering and Civic Life in America, providing national, state, city and geographic data on the ways in ... January 9, 2013
Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic EngagementAn Interview with Matt LeighningerMatt was one of a group of editors to work on Democracy in Motion – the first comprehensive attempt to assess the practice and impact of deliberative civic engagement, addressing the big ... December 18, 2012
The Role of Citizen Does Not End With Your VoteLate last night President Obama took the stage in Chicago. To great applause he delivered his victory speech and with it an important message: it may be November 7th, but our civic duty is not over. November 7, 2012
Election Day is Here!You’ve registered to vote and Election Day is finally here. Now what? Follow these five easy steps to have your voice heard. November 5, 2012
News You Can Use: Empowering Voters, One Click at a TimeGuest post by Maggie Duncan, League of Women Voters Elections TeamElection Day is coming. Need information on voting? This guest post by the League of Women Voters provides you with the resources you need. October 26, 2012
Romney, Obama can help democracy in presidential debates by The Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Board
Originally posted in The Christian Science Monitor
October 4, 2012 op-ed
Register to Vote Today, National Voter Registration Dayby Sophie Lehman at Nonprofit VOTEIn honor of National Voter Registration Month, NCoC will be showcasing organizations, resources, and tools that help get the vote out. Read today’s blog post on the first ever National Voter Registration ... September 25, 2012
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Social Capital

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CIRCLE receives two grants from the Corporation for National and Community ServiceThe Corporation for National and Community Service announced a $570,000 grant to CIRCLE at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Public Service at Tufts University. The grant will support CIRCLE in building ... September 2008 blog
Measuring the Effects of Social Media MarketingA tough question came up in a conversation with a visiting group of Danish communications professionals last week — how do you actually measure the effectiveness of social media outreach? At that ... September 21, 2008 blog
attitudes toward the election Who Is Excited?The following groups showed the highest levels of excitement about the election: African Americans, Asians, and, to a lesser extent, Latinos; Democrats, especially strong Democrats; and people with more ... Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
Civic EducationAmericans Favor Policy Change to Institutionalize Civic EngagementIn 2006, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Civics Assessment found that only 27% of high school seniors were “proficient” in the subject, and only 5% were “advanced.” ... Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
Local Control Over EducationAmericans Favor Policy Change to Institutionalize Civic EngagementWe asked respondents whether they favored “changing the law so that local citizens must take the lead in setting standards and choosing tests for students in their local schools.” Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
Expanding the Peace Corps and Related ProgramsAmericans Favor Policy Change to Institutionalize Civic EngagementWe asked about “funding and promoting overseas service as a way of improving our relations with other countries.” This idea prompted decidedly mixed opinions, with 52% in favor (28% strongly) ... Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
How to Talk About Engagement How to Talk About EngagementTerms like “citizenship,” “service,” “politics,” and, indeed, “civic engagement” have problematic connotations—and different connotations depending ... Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
Figure 4: Civic Engagment Classifications Civic Engagement ClassificationsIn the remaining sections of this report, we compare groups of Americans using pie-charts. Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
Special Opportunities for Increasing Engagment Special Opportunities for Increasing EngagementThis year’s Civic Health Index asked respondents about many forms of civic participation. A closer look at subgroups reveals opportunities for increasing and sustaining their civic engagement. Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
Figure 9: Civic Engagement of African Americans and Others African Americans are EnergizedThe 2008 America’s Civic Health index survey finds African Americans more engaged in almost every respect than the population as a whole. Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
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Giving and Volunteering

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Civic Health and UnemploymentCan Engagement Strengthen the Economy?This Issue Brief explores the relationship between civic engagement and economic resilience. September 16, 2011 publication
States with More Civic Engagement Have Experienced Less UnemploymentCivic Health and Unemployment: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy? September 16, 2011 civic health index
Report Shows Majority of Americans Civically Engaged in Their CommunitiesBoomers and Older Adults Rank High Across Several Key Categories of Civic EngagementBetween 2008 and 2010, a majority of Americans were civically active in a variety of ways, working with others to improve their communities, according to the 2011 Civic Life in America: Key Findings on ... September 15, 2011 press release
Community InvolvementIndiana Civic Health Index 2011 September 14, 2011 civic health index
New “Service as a Strategy” BlueprintsService as a Strategy is designed to help mayors identify and implement high-impact service strategies that address pressing local challenges. NCoC supports the initiative and is excited to spread ... August 26, 2011 publication
What Does Volunteering in America Look Like?An Infographic of Service August 9, 2011 discussion
Americans Devote 8.1 Billion Hours to Volunteering in 2010Volunteers provide a powerful economic and social benefit to communities across the nation, with 62.8 million adults serving almost 8.1 billion hours through organizations in 2010, according to research ... August 9, 2011 press release
What does “social giving” look like?This infographic from Blackbaud illustrates what the “social giving ecosystem” looks like, thanks to the emergence of technology and social media. May 20, 2011 blog
Rebuilding from DevastationNCoC joins Splashlife in campaign to help rebuild American SouthNCoC, Youth Service America, Mobilize.org and others have joined the “Rebuilding from Devastation” campaign, championed by our friends at Splashlife. In addition to spearheading a national ... May 6, 2011 program
Civic Engagement in Miami and Minneapolis-St. Paul (Table)Tale of Two Cities: Civic Health in Miami and Minneapolis-St. Paul January 24, 2011
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