Partnership with the Bill of Rights Institute Enables New Civics Content
CUPERTINO, Calif., August 14, 2018—Curriki announced that Civics educators now have access to a wealth of exciting free resources for teaching high school students about the U.S. government, thanks to the addition of curriculum from the Bill of Rights institute Voices of History collection and a new course-based comprehensive High School Civics Course collection to Curriki’s high-quality Open Educational Resource (OER) Library.
Curriki also plans to hold a webinar entitled “Civil Discourse in a Republic” on Wed., Sept. 12, at 3 PM ET, to help teachers use historical context to discuss the importance of civility in republican self-government. This webinar will discuss the importance of civil discourse to the health of a republic and provide teachers with tools to foster civil discourse in their classrooms. Register here.
Bill of Rights Institute Curricula
The Voices of History collection is part of the Bill of Rights Institute’s wide range of innovative, free, digital offerings featuring more than 300 individual resources, including lesson plans and student handouts. Written by teachers for teachers, the materials use narratives, primary sources, writing assignments, discussion prompts, and other activities. Voices of History lessons include:
- Being an American (explores the meaning of citizenship)
- Heroes and Villains (discusses the concepts of civic virtue)
- Founders and the Constitution: In Their Own Words (introduces 24 individuals who had a direct impact on the founding of the U.S. constitutional government)
- Preserving the Bill of Rights (teaches Constitutional principles by examining primary source documents and significant Supreme Court cases)
- and many more.
High School Civics Collection
The study of civics gives students the conceptual foundation they need to interpret their civic experiences. The Civics Course collection has over 100 lesson plans, multimedia resources, teacher’s guides, supplementary materials, assessment ideas, and much more within seven units. Resources have been aligned to the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards:
Unit 1: Foundations of Government
Unit 2: The Constitution
Unit 3: The Legislative Branch
Unit 4: The Executive Branch
Unit 5: The Judicial Branch (Civil Rights and Liberties)
Unit 6: State and Local Governments
Unit 7: Comparative Systems
“Curriki has answered the call of educators for free resources that engage students in meaningful civic learning and we are delighted to be able to offer hundreds of new social studies resources for free,” Kim Jones, President and CEO of Curriki, said in making the announcement today. “This collaboration with the Bill of Rights Institute allows us to immensely expand our offerings of curricula that helps civics teachers explore the U.S. government with their students, from inception to today.”
“The Bill of Rights Institute is thrilled to partner with Curriki to support the vital work of teachers nationwide,” David Bobb, President of the Bill of Rights Institute, said. “Civics is about students learning timeless principles so that they can apply those principles today, and this collaboration will help students and teachers make these principles their own.”
About the Bill of Rights institute
The Bill of Rights Institute is a non-profit educational organization that works to engage, educate, and empower individuals with a passion for the freedom and opportunity that exist in a free society. The Institute develops free online educational resources and programs for a network of tens of thousands of teachers and students in all 50 states. http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/
Curriki, a 2017 SIIA CODiE Award winner, hosts a free library of 263,000+ educator-vetted learning materials in all K-12 subject areas for educators across the globe to use for free.
The mission of Curriki, a nonprofit organization, is to eliminate the gap between those who have access to high-quality education and those who do not. Its online community of educators, learners and committed education experts works together to create quality materials that benefit teachers, parents and students globally.
Curriki vast free OER library is offered in many formats—from individual lesson plans, to instructional videos and units, to games and simulations. All content contributed by educators and select partners is available to others for use, adapt and share at no cost. In addition, Curriki curates resources into course-sequenced, standards-aligned units to enable educators to easily find materials and offers curricula in Spanish.