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Civic Education

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is committed to civic education efforts both for young people and the community.  We think that it is vital for the health of our democracy to prepare our young people to be competent and engaged citizens. Informed and empowered citizens understand how to effect change when problems arise, they know how to get involved in their community, and run for elected office.  Responsible citizens can see beyond their own personal interests and demand good ethics in government and business.

Check our website often for new resources and upcoming conferences as we continue to provide professional development opportunities in civic educators and seminars for students and the public.


Informed Action: Using Essential Questions to
Examine Public Policy In the Classroom
SIU Carbondale Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center
Friday, September 15, 2017

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On Friday, September 15th, the Institute and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation will host a FREE professional development workshop on implementing civic education curriculum for the 2017-2018 school year. Free PDHs will be offered to educators that successfully complete the workshop. 

For additional information about civic education programs contact the Institute at 618.453.4009.

The Civic, Standards and News Literacy Providing a Pathway for Student Engagement Workshop
June 26-27, 2017