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Civic Education in New York

Learn how Facing History's resources are used in the New York Department of Education’s Civics for All curriculum.

A Proven Approach

A compelling body of research validates our approach to civic education. In a randomized controlled trial, Facing History was shown to significantly increase

  • students’ tolerance for others with different political views, 
  • their capacity for civil discourse, and 
  • their belief that they can make a difference.

Facing History students score higher than their peers on a civic responsibility index. Facing History alumni are more civically involved than their peers: more likely to vote, to participate in a civic or community group, and to discuss current events.

In addition, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) named Facing History as one of only nine middle or high school SEL programs (among nearly 400 nominated) that has a proven positive impact on students, such as increased empathy or more prosocial behavior. Facing History is just one of two cited that works at both the middle and high school level.

Facing History’s pedagogy engages young people with challenging content through a process that builds the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of deep civic learning.

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Civics for All

Civics for All, an initiative launched in Spring 2018 by the NYC Department of Education, provides resources, programming, and professional learning to all NYC schools. Civic education is an essential part of every student’s core academic program. This initiative focuses on education models that are interactive, project-based, and relevant to students’ lives.

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