December 2022
It Takes a Coalition to Do Civics for Civics
As 2022 comes to a close, we have much to be grateful for in the civic learning community.
Thanks to the leadership of Coalition Engagement Director Ace Parsi, the CivXNow Coalition has grown exponentially since its inception four years ago, boasting 260+ organizational members representative of the country’s geographic and ideological diversity. This year, we launched affinity groups to provide ongoing authentic engagement opportunities for members across a range of activities. Next year’s first national Civic Learning Week in March exemplifies the diverse ways that members are making the case for strengthened civic learning opportunities across the country.
Despite fierce headwinds, state coalition affiliates achieved significant policy successes over the past two years. With State Policy Director Lisa Boudreau now on board to support state efforts more directly, we are poised for even further progress in the 2023 state legislative sessions. (Please note the fast approaching deadline for the third consecutive grant opportunity for state affiliates to propel coalition building and policy advocacy efforts.)
Finally, we salute members across states and congressional districts that helped make the case for the federal Civics Secures Democracy Act throughout the 117th Congress. Thanks to the relentless efforts of Federal Policy Manager Abbie Kaplan, we conducted hundreds of constituent meetings and contacts, building strong bipartisan support for a generational national investment in K–12 civic education.
This collective work begins anew as the calendar turns to 2023. On behalf of the entire CivXNow team, it is our distinct privilege to do this work every day with each of you to ensure students have equitable access to high-quality civic learning opportunities. We are grateful to be in community with you, wish your loved ones a wonderful holiday season, and look forward to strengthening our partnership in 2023!
Yours in civics,
Shawn Healy
Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy, iCivics
End-of-Year Coalition Member Survey
As we approach the end of the year, it is not only important to reflect on all we’ve accomplished, but also to garner feedback on what coalition members hope to achieve together in the upcoming year.
We ask that you please take the time to fill out our end-of-year survey to help inform coalition strategy and adapt programming to best fit your needs.
Civic Learning Week Website Launch
Join partners across the country in making civic learning a nationwide priority during the first annual Civic Learning Week taking place March 6–10, 2023!
Visit the new Civic Learning Week (CLW) website to become a CLW partner, submit events to the community calendar, and sign up to receive CLW-specific updates!
CLW partners make all this possible by engaging the public around the importance of civic learning; supplying students with positive and engaging civic learning opportunities; and providing mechanisms for educators, students, coalition members, business leaders, and other community members to connect around a shared commitment to civic education and sustaining and strengthening our constitutional democracy.
Reminder: State Grant RFP Deadline
This year, the CivXNow Coalition will be regranting more than $250,000 to support the work of state coalitions in the development of meaningful, bipartisan civic learning policy and practice improvements consistent with the recommendations outlined in the CivXNow State Policy Menu.
We believe that work at the state level needs to be driven by state actors, and that a national organization’s best role is to facilitate and support local advocates driving the policy solutions that best represent their states.
Applications are dueTuesday, January 3 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Visit our website for more information or to apply!
Our Mission
CivXNow is a coalition of partners from diverse viewpoints working to create a culture shift that elevates civic education and engagement as a national priority in order to protect and strengthen America’s constitutional democracy. This includes building a shared commitment to ensure that all young people are prepared to assume their rights and responsibilities to participate in civic life and address the issues facing students, their families, and communities in our increasingly dynamic, polarized, and digital society.
To achieve this goal, CivXNow advocates for bipartisan federal and state legislation that supports implementation of state and local policies that reimagine and deliver relevant, inclusive, and engaging K-12 civic learning, both in- and out-of-school.
A Team Effort
The CivXNow team produces this newsletter each month.
We are grateful for the energy, time, and guidance of the CivXNow Advisory Council and to many, many others who support individual projects.
The important work of CivXNow is generously funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Einhorn Collaborative.
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