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In addition, the VBA's blog Lex et Ratio is devoted to issues of law, politics, ethics, the Constitution, and civic education. Teachers and citizens interested in political and legal theory, constitutional law, and related topics will find this blog of interest. Become a follower!
You can email the Center at CPE@vtbar.orgCPE@vtbar.org
Or contact us individually:
Kevin F. Ryan, Esq.
Director of Education and Communication
Vermont Bar Association
PO Box 100
Montpelier, VT 05601-0100
Vermont Bar Association
PO Box 100
Montpelier, VT 05601-0100
Additional Civic Education Links
Center for Civic Education
The Center for Civic Education is the pre-eminent source of civic education materials in the United States. The Center is an independent , nonprofit organization based in California with a network of program coordinators in every state and congressional district in the country and in more than seventy emerging and advanced democracies throughout the world. The mission of the Center is to promote an enlightened and responsible citizenry that is committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries. The Center administers a wide range of critically acclaimed curricular, teacher-training, and community-based program in conjunction with civic educators and activists around the world. The Vermont Bar Association serves as state coordinator for several Center programs, including We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution and Representative Democracy in America.
Vermont Votes for Kids
Vermont Votes for Kids is a curriculum provided by the Vermont Secretary of State. Vermont Votes for Kids (VVK) provides teachers, K-12, with exciting downloadable curriculum materials designed to teach our children the importance of government and the value of voting. Students will learn about the election process and then cast their ballots in a mock election in school or along side adults on Election Day.
National Conference for State Legislatures
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. NCSL is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies. NCSL is your organization. The leadership of NCSL is composed of legislators and staff from across the country. The NCSL Executive Committee provides overall direction on operations of the Conference.
Center on Congress at Indiana University
“What does Congress do?” “How does it affect my life?” “And how can I let Congress know what’s important to me? The Center on Congress answers these questions—and many others—to help Americans of all ages understand how our representative democracy works and their role in our government. The ways we do this include:
• Events for the public, journalists, and teachers
• Teacher outreach, including teaching resources, awards, and seminars for educators
• Surveys of the public’s interaction with and attitudes about Congress
• Public service announcements for television and radio
Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools
The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools is a coalition of 40 organizations committed to improving the quality and quantity of civic learning in American schools. The Campaign's goal is to increase and improve civic learning in grades K-12 by working for policies that implement the recommendations of the Civic Mission of Schools report. This includes efforts to bring about changes in national, state, and local education policy. The idea of the civic mission of schools is not new. Many of our founding fathers advocated the establishment of public schools as the only way of preserving American democracy. We encourage you to explore our site and to learn more about the work of the Campaign and its coalition of partner organizations.
Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago
The Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC) works with elementary and secondary schools to develop critical thinking skills, civic participation, and commitment to the rule of law among young people. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, CRFC is a national leader in the design and implementation of quality law-related education (LRE) programs for local, national, and international projects. CRFC was founded in 1974 as part of the Constitutional Rights Foundation in Los Angeles and became an independent 501(c)(3) organization in 1990.
Constitutional Rights Foundation Los Angeles
Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) seeks to instill in our nation's youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights and to educate young people to become active and responsible participants in our society. CRF is dedicated to assuring our country's future by investing in our youth today. CRF is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization dedicated to educating America's young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society. CRF develops, produces, and distributes programs and materials to teachers, students, and public-minded citizens all across the nation.
Bill of Rights Institute
Established in 1999, the Institute is a 501(c)(3) not for profit charity focused on providing educational resources on America's Founding documents and principles for teachers and students of American History and Civics. The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America's Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society. It is the goal of the Institute to help the next generation understand the freedom and opportunity the Constitution offers. The vision of the Institute is to create a citizenry that has the knowledge, values, dispositions, and skills to exercise the rights and responsibilities needed to maintain a free society.
American Judicature Society
Founded in 1913, the American Judicature Society is an independent, non-partisan, membership organization working nationally to protect the integrity of the American justice system. AJS’s diverse and broadly based membership – including judges, lawyers and members of the public – promotes fair and impartial courts through research, publications, education and advocacy for judicial reform. The work of AJS focuses primarily on judicial ethics, judicial selection, access to justice, criminal justice reform, and the jury system.
American Bar Association Division for Public Education
The mission of the ABA Division for Public Education is to promote public understanding of law and its role in society. Materials on this site include Law Day resources, publications and reports on civic and law-related education, and materials on civility and other topics.
The Avalon Project mounts digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy, and Government. We do not intend to mount only static text but rather to add value to the text by linking to supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text. The Avalon Project will no doubt contain controversial documents. Their inclusion does not indicate endorsement of their contents nor sympathy with the ideology, doctrines, or means employed by their authors. They are included for the sake of completeness and balance and because in many cases they are by our definition a supporting document.
Virginia Bar Association Rule of Law Project
This includes resources such as lawyer training pages, curriculum guides, student handouts, and other very helpful techer resources. The instructional materials on this website explain the rule of law in terms that are understandable by everyone. These tools give teachers what they need to engage in memorable conversations about the rule of law with their students.