PROGRAM MATERIALS

Your Ideas Count! Representative Democracy and You booklet coverNCSL makes available, free of charge, materials for high school, middle/junior high and elementary school students to be used by state legislators visiting classrooms. To request materials, please email btsp@ncsl.org.

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LEARNING THE GAME

An in depth explanation and description of the legislative process. With a focus on the intricacies and uniqueness of the process in state legislatures.

 

 

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OVERVIEW | AMERICA'S LEGISLATORS BACK TO SCHOOL

Slated to "kick off" the third week of every September and run throughout the school year, the America's Legislators Back to School Program gives elected officials in all 50 states the opportunity to meet personally with their young constituents and to answer questions, share ideas, listen to concerns and impart a greater understanding of the legislative processes necessary for developing effective public policy and engaged citizens. 

Sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the program is designed to teach young people--the nation's future voters and leaders--what it's like to be a state legislator: the processes, the pressures, and the debate, negotiation and compromise that are the very fabric of representative democracy. The program is emphasized as a bipartisan event. Legislators of both political parties are urged to participate in this national event and help bring civics to life for young people.

 

America's Legislators Back to School

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TACKLING THE CIVICS EDUCATION CRISIS

Image of the NCSL Legisbrief logoMillions of American students and adults are unfamiliar with how their government works, leading experts to sound the alarm about a crisis in civics education. Armed with evidence of the lack of knowledge, the Civics Education Initiative and other programs aim to reverse a trend they say leaves American democracy vulnerable. 

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CIVICS EDUCATION RESOURCES

A blue silhouette of a head wearing a black graduation cap. There is a maze contained inside the silhouette. This page provides a clearinghouse of civics educaion resources geared towards students, teachers and parents. Resources provided by states and civics education organizations.

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