The League offers many ways to raise your Civics IQ and learn about issues and candidates. Here are some important ones:

LWVPBC CIVICS COMMITTEE EDUCATIONAL TOOLS

LINKS TO CIVICS EDUCATION SITES

  1. iCivics (founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor) exists to engage students in meaningful civic learning. The site provides well-written, inventive, free resources, and easy-to-use activities for educators and their families.
  2. The Lou Frey Institute promotes the development of enlightened, responsible, and actively engaged citizens.
  3. Civics360 is funded by the Lou Frey Institute at the University of Central Florida and provided by the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship, in collaboration with the Escambia County School District. This series of videos targets the civic knowledge and skills necessary to succeed on Florida’s Civics End-of-Course Assessment.
  4. Florida Civic Health is your tool to monitor civic participation in Florida and its communities. To help you better understand Florida, the site allows you to compare Florida and Florida’s cities to other states and cities across the nation. Florida Civic Health’s goal is to support your efforts to improve Florida’s civic health.
  5. VerifyIt! was developed by the Youth Outreach Services Committee of the League of Women Voters, Alameda, CA, to address media literacy, voting knowledge and to encourage civic engagement.  The committee developed the game to appeal to people of all ages but especially young voters and future voters to encourage them to become informed and active participants in their democracy.

INFORMATION AND BILLS

  1. The Biden administration has announced to do away with the stringent Trump-era citizenship test and revert to the easier 2008 version, making the US naturalization process more accessible to all eligible individuals. The new process comes into effect on March 1, 2021. Source: US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). (Citizenship Resource Center- Civics Test)
  2. December 2020 – Florida Bill SB 146 would establish an option for Florida school districts to include a nonpartisan civic literacy project through their U.S. Government curriculum. That project would require students to identify an issue or problem in their community, research the problem, and then develop strategies to address it here.
  3. December 2020 Rand Article. Want to Rebuild Public Trust? Focus on Civic Education | RAND