School Spotlight

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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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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The Congress Project (High School)

We have partnered with Chani Rotenberg, History Department Chair and Samantha Kur, English Department Chair at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls to create a Congress Project. Chani and Samantha are Co-Directors of Humanities Enrichment & Interdisciplinary Programming. The Congress Project is an opportunity for students to learn how to dialogue, practice research skills by diving into …

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Navigating History Club (High School)

In November, our Director of Educator led 3-part workshop with Xaverian High School’s Navigating History Club. She encouraged students to explore the philosophies of John Locke and Thomas Hobbes and their impact and relationship to our modern-day government. The session was grounded in three essential questions: How do Hobbes and Locke differ in what their …

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Debates on Immigration (High School)

Yesterday, the Civic Spirit Scholars from the Civic Spirit Club at La Salle Academy engaged in an extremely important and timely debate around immigration. Regardless of their personal opinions, they practiced the urgent civic skill of weighing two sides of an issue.  Additional topics the students have debated are bail reform and homeless policy. DEBATE …

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