The Geography Teacher offers "Support for Teachers During a Challenging Electoral Season"

The Geography Teacher offers "Support for Teachers During a Challenging Electoral Season"

National Council for Geographic Education's journal for geography teachers supports classroom work at a variety of levels.

"Armed with details about the current situation as well as past electoral patterns and demographic shifts, teachers will have tools to guide the conversations in their classrooms so that their students are able to make sense of the electoral process in the United States, to consider this election in light of past elections, and to imagine factors influencing how elections going forward will be similar or different." (Editor's Notebook, Volume 13, Issue 3, Page 91)

In light of the importance of this topic, publisher Taylor & Francis has provided free access to the current issue of "The Geography Teacher" lasting through the election season.  You will find tips for teaching the election in elementary and secondary classrooms, as well as background on the Electoral College, geographic polarization of American voters, and spatial electoral realignment.  Ideas for using data and maps are also included.  Colorado Springs high school teacher Anton Schulzki and Broomfield-based Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) Education Manager Joseph Kerski have articles in the issue.  

To access the journal, please use this link:

Lessons on Local Governemnt

Civics Renewal Network

The Civics Renewal Network is a consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the U.S. by increasing the quality of civics education in our nation's schools and by improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost learning materials. On the Civics Renewal Network site, teachers can find the best resources of these organizations, searchable by subject, grade, resource type, standards, and teaching strategy.

Bowdoin College “Founding Principles: American Governance in Theory and Action,”

A new series of short videos is being offered free of charge by Bowdoin College as its contribution to a national effort aimed at improving civics education in the United States. Titled “Founding Principles: American Governance in Theory and Action,” the series comprises a total of fifteen episodes, each eleven to fifteen minutes in length, that serve as a readily available instructive tool for use in classrooms and by anyone interested in better understanding the American system of government.  


Written and narrated by Bowdoin College Government Professor Andrew Rudalevige, “Founding Principles” provides an introductory, non-partisan overview and basic understanding of American government—how it was formed, how it works, and how everyone can participate. The series was produced by Bowdoin with technical support from students at Emerson College.


During this pivotal election year, “Founding Principles” serves as a valuable resource in educating and informing current and future voters, building citizen-leaders, and promoting civic engagement. The series is currently being used in classrooms across New England with very positive feedback.

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