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Civic Engagement through Education

Standing in front of a packed audience at the University of Montana School of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor spoke about her continued mission to improve civic education. O’Connor argued that civic education is crucial to sustaining America’s democratic institutions, according to Kaci Felstet of the Montana Kaimin.

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Civic Leaders Speak Out on the Need for Civic Education

With Constitution Day fast approaching, several civic leaders have taken the opportunity to critically analyze the state of American civic education and stress the need for reform. William H. Sieben, president of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and Sandra Day O’Connor, former Supreme Court Justice and creator of iCivics, both argue that improved civic education is critical to the future of our nation.

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Civic Education in the 21st Century

The tools for improving civic education in the 21st century are constantly evolving. Holly Korbey, building off of Robert Pondiscio’s recent op-ed, suggests that innovative or novel techniques may be needed to overhaul civics education, apart from more intensive classroom instruction.

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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor discusses civics on Morning Joe

Earlier this week, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show to discuss her on-going work on civics and her newest book, Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court. As we’ve noted before, after stepping down from the Supreme Court, O’Connor founded iCivics, an online learning platform that allows students to play games that focus on the three branches of government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

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Civics education and Common Core

The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) recently completed a study of the iCivics computer-based teaching module called Drafting Board. iCivics is an online civic education platform founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor that seeks to prepare “young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens” by providing educational video games and teaching materials available at its website.

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A conversation with Sandra Day O’Connor

In Sunday’s issue of Parade Magazine, David Gergen, director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School, has a “candid conversation” with retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Since leaving the Court, O’Connor has focused much of her attention on promoting civic education through her organization iCivics, about which she speaks with Gergen.

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Sandra Day O’Connor champions civics education

Writing for CNN’s “Schools of Thought” blog last week, Donna Krache discussed her meeting with retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, in which they talked about the former justice’s work promoting civic education.

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