Lindsay Bressman

Civic Spirit Student Internships

Civic Spirit is excited to introduce Student Alumni Internships — a new opportunity for students who have previously participated in Civic Spirit programming. We are seeking energetic and passionate high school seniors or graduates eager to enhance their development as a professional and contribute towards the mission of Civic Spirit to educate, inspire, and empower schools across faith traditions …

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Harlem Renaissance (Elementary)

During the COVID school year of 2021-2021, 4th-grade Humanities teacher Hilary Davis decided to get creative using music, poetry, and the arts to discuss difficult and triumphant moments of American history related to contemporary issues of race and Black Americans. In partnership with Civic Spirit Director of Education, Tiphanie Shoemaker, Ms. Davis introduced a new …

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Sample Syllabi

Many Civic Spirit Educators have incorporated new civic-related content into existing required courses or electives or introduced new classes inspired by their learning and study within the Educators Cohort program. See the various syllabi Civic Spirit teachers have created over the years.  William Reusch at Shalhevet High School introduced a new course called “Advanced Studies …

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Student Delegates 2021

On February 4th, 2021, the Civic Spirit Student Delegates joined virtually for their Kick-Off event. These students represent the dynamic demographic landscape of America. Putting aside their differences, they learned to work together, forged genuine relationships, and rolled up their sleeves to do important civic work. From February-June, the Delegates have been immersed in a …

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Voting & Values Workshop

In partnership with student leaders from YVote and Vote By Design, Civic Spirit curated and hosted an immersive, non-partisan, digital learning experience for 200 high schoolers across eight faith-based private schools. This session promoted democratic fluency, agency, and civic engagement among next generation voters. Students first explored the official job of the U.S. President, defining …

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Curricular Mapping (Middle School)

A core element of Civic Spirit’s methodology is the 15 Shared Aims, co-written by Civic Spirit middle and high school teachers. This list aligns with our three pillars–Democratic Fluency, Civic Belonging, and Civic Skills–was designed to delineate an accessible way for educators to set teaching goals in consideration of competencies related to civic education that …

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