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December 2023 / Civics/Citizenship

Virginia’s John Marshall Center for Constitutional History and Civics

by Caroline Legros It will likely come as no surprise to learn that the national state of civic understanding is on the decline, but the degree to which Americans struggle… Read More

December 2023 / Civics/Citizenship, ESL/ESOL

Empowering Neighborhood Ambassadors Through English Language Teaching

by Lisa Vaughn and Xavier Muñoz The English Empowerment Center has partnered with Fairfax County’s Opportunity Neighborhoods program to build essential language and digital literacy skills for their… Read More

December 2023 / Civics/Citizenship, ESL/ESOL

Community as a Key to Unlocking Civics Education

by Susan Otero and MaryAnn Cunningham Florez “What really matters from the point of view of social capital and civic engagement is not merely nominal membership, but active and involved… Read More

December 2023 / Civics/Citizenship, ESL/ESOL

Creating Space for Civics in Adult Multilingual Classes

by Melanie Siteki A few words come to mind when I think of civics education: participation, inclusion, and of course, community. Images come to mind too, of people and all… Read More

December 2023 / Civics/Citizenship, Virtual Learning

From K–12 to Adult Education: Expanding Civics Education Through Distance Learning

by Craig Jones Education, it need hardly be said, is in a time of massive transition. New methods, technologies, and practices are being developed at lightning speed to improve student… Read More

December 2023 / Civics/Citizenship, ESL/ESOL

Outside the Classroom, Beyond the Textbook: Learning to Engage in Our Community

by Elizabeth Magee “The families learning class described here was a collaboration between the English Empowerment Center (formerly Literacy Council of… Read More

December 2023 / Civics/Citizenship, ESL/ESOL

Teach Civics for Democracy, Basic Skills, and Résumé-Worthy Transferable Skills

by Cynthia Peters So many reasons to teach civics Most would agree that civic participation is inherently good. It strengthens our democracy by lifting up diverse voices and… Read More

December 2023 / Civics/Citizenship, ESL/ESOL

How Can We Make Citizenship Preparation More Accessible?

by Catherine McCall Like many organizations, we at Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle (LVCA) have grappled with the challenges of supporting adults in our community who are eligible… Read More

December 2023 / Civics/Citizenship, ESL/ESOL

Strategies and Tips for a Productive Citizenship Preparation Class

by Virginia Showalter, Skyline Literacy Tutor Trainer, with input from citizenship tutors David Cockley and T. W. Johnson Since 2007, Skyline Literacy in Harrisonburg has been offering… Read More

December 2023 / Civics/Citizenship, ESL/ESOL

Enhancing Civics Instruction with Guest Speakers: Insights from the Adult ESOL Classroom

by Xavier Muñoz How do you teach in a way that keeps learners engaged and excited about what they’re learning? One idea: Bring guest speakers to class. New faces and… Read More