Education Programs: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Period of Performance

10/1/2019 - 12/31/2021

Funding Totals

$1,100,000.00 (approved)
$1,095,951.81 (awarded)

Educating for American Democracy: A Roadmap for Excellence in History and Civics Education for All Learners

FAIN: AH-269621-19

iCivics, Inc. (Cambridge, MA 02141-1057)
Kelly Leahy Whitney (Project Director: August 2019 to September 2023)
Louise Dube (Co Project Director: September 2019 to September 2023)
Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg (Co Project Director: September 2019 to September 2023)
Paul O. Carrese (Co Project Director: September 2019 to September 2023)
Peter Levine (Co Project Director: September 2019 to September 2023)
Danielle Allen (Co Project Director: September 2019 to September 2023)
Jane Kamensky (Co Project Director: February 2020 to September 2023)
Tammy Waller (Co Project Director: November 2020 to September 2023)

The civics field has long lacked a structure for content and pedagogy experts to collaborate on excellent curricular resources and guidance for the nation on civic and history (C&H) education. This project has three objectives: Discovery (evaluating the current state of C&H curricula and resources); Generation (creating a Roadmap for excellence in C&H education); and Dissemination (discussing and sharing the Roadmap). We expect far-reaching impact by harnessing each PI's diverse and influential networks to increase public awareness of the report and use of its recommendations in districts and schools, especially those serving low-income and rural students. The goal is to lay a foundation for all learners to grasp the value of their American democracy – its past failures and present challenges included – and give them a sense of connection and ownership of this democracy. All students must be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and capacities needed to sustain a thriving republic.

Media Coverage

Must we battle over civics education? (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Chester E. Finn, Jr.
Publication: Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Date: 10/20/2022

Time to Refocus on Civics, for the Good of the Country — and Student Literacy (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Ashley Berner & Christina Ross
Publication: The 74
Date: 10/1/2022

To Reimagine the Future, Start by Expanding the Stories of Our Past (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Megan Linehan & Orlando Serrano
Publication: Smithsonian Magazine
Date: 12/1/2022

Associated Products

Educating for American Democracy - Report & Roadmap (Report)
Title: Educating for American Democracy - Report & Roadmap
Author: Danielle Allen
Author: Paul Carrese
Author: Louise Dubé
Author: Michelle Herczog
Author: Emma Humphries
Author: Jane Kamensky
Author: Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg
Author: Peter Levine
Author: Adam Seagrave
Author: Tammy Waller
Abstract: In recent decades, we as a nation have failed to prepare young Americans for self-government, leaving the world’s oldest constitutional democracy in grave danger, afflicted by both cynicism and nostalgia, as it approaches its 250th anniversary. The time has come to recommit to the education of our young people for informed, authentic, and engaged citizenship. Educating for American Democracy (EAD) is an unprecedented effort that convened a diverse and cross-ideological group of scholars and educators to create a Roadmap to Educating for American Democracy— guidance and an inquiry framework that states, local school districts, and educators can use to transform teaching of history and civics to meet the needs of a diverse 21st century K–12 student body. EAD is a call to action to invest in strengthening history and civic learning, and to ensure that civic learning opportunities are delivered equitably throughout the country.
Date: 10/1/2019
Primary URL:
Access Model: Both the EAD Report and Roadmap are freely available on the site