CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

October 2017 E-Update

October 31st, 2017
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Civics for the 21st Century

On September 21, our director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and former CIRCLE Director Peter Levine released a new white paper, “The Republic is (Still) at Risk — and Civics is Part of the Solution,” at the Democracy at a Crossroads National Summit in Washington, D.C.

The paper outlines some civic challenges and opportunities in the U.S., particularly as they relate to young people, and with special attention to the gaps and inequities that affect low-income youth and young people of color. It summarizes existing evidence regarding school and instructional practices which show promise in creating foundational civic skills and experiences for all youth, and it lays out several recommendations for shifting civic education practice into the 21st century.

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The Role—and Limitations—of Digital Media in Civic Deserts

As a follow-up to our previous work on civic deserts, a new analysis based on our 2016 Millennial Polls sheds some light on some of the ways digital avenues for engagement can mitigate the lack of local opportunities, where disparities remain despite access to digital resources, and what mechanisms of online engagement require further study.

Our findings suggest that online platforms and avenues for civic engagement can narrow the opportunity gap between young people who enjoy access to the physical spaces and resources of traditional civic institutions and youth who live in “civic deserts”—though, notably, it does not eliminate those gaps entirely.

Read more.

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New Data: Re-Updated RAYSE Index

Earlier this year we created the RAYSE Index (Reaching All Youth Strengthens Engagement), an interactive tool of comparative county-level data on indicators related to potential for youth civic engagement. The index provides research-based support for making the case that engagement has potential for growth and for deciding where to invest resources.

This month, we relaunched RAYSE with new data, including data related to the 2016 election. The index now provides an up-to-date, county-by-county picture of the conditions that act as challenges and assets to engaging ALL youth in civic life.

Read more and explore the RAYSE Index

Join Us for Twitter Chat

Educators! Join us on Twitter on November 6th at 7 p.m. ET for an #sschat about Youth, Media and Elections, co-hosted with @Participate and @TheLAMP as part of the 22×20 campaign.

CIRCLE in the News

– MassLive: “Civics and news media literacy are vital components of a 21st century education

– NPR: “Teaching Sept. 11 To Students Who Were Born After The Attacks

– Politifact: “Charlie Geren says less than half of young Texans are registered to vote

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