Civic Education

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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.

Upcoming Conference:

Putting the Pieces Together:
Civics, Standards and Curriculum Design
SIU Carbondale University Museum
Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Download PDF Agenda

Register for the conference here:

For additional information about civic education programs contact Dr. Linda Baker at 618-453-4009.

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

Curriculum and Online Resources

Need new ideas on how incorporate civics into your classroom?

Check out our online resources.