Vol. 1, Issue 1, September 2017

Resources for Civics Education



  • iCivics - Founded by retired Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, this website offers free interactive games, lesson plans, webquests and much more!
  • The Power of Democracy - The online home of the Power of Democracy initiative, lead by California Supreme Court Chief Justice, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. Get all the latest news and information on the Civics Education Initiative, learn about the six proven practices of civics education and access additional civics education resources.
  • California Courts Civics Education - This website contains resources for both students and teachers, including a database of lesson plans focus on the Constitution and the judicial branch.  
  • CNN 10 - A ten minute daily webcast from CNN featuring major headlines and student-friendly news. A great way to get students interested in and discussing current events!
  • The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - This site is a history nerd’s dream! There is a ton of interesting articles, educational videos as well as professional development resources for teachers. They are also partnering with the Tony Award winning musical, Hamilton, and the Rockefeller Foundation for the Hamilton Education Program. You can apply for your students to see a special performance of Hamilton when the touring company comes to San Diego later this year!
  • Read Like a Historian - A great resource for ready-to-go, inquiry based world and U.S. history lessons from the Stanford History Education Group. All lessons include a focus on primary source documents designed to help kids, “Read Like a Historian.”
  • Street Law - Street Law offers a number of professional development opportunities for teachers as well as a number of interactive programs designed to engage students with the legal/law enforcement communities such as Legal Life Skills for Youth, Street Law for Police and Teens and SCOTUS in the Classroom. Members of their team will help facilitate your program by connecting you to partners in the legal community.
  • The Constitutional Rights Foundation - The Constitutional Rights Foundation runs a number of programs geared towards educating youth about the responsibility of citizenship and promoting civic engagement. Their website has an abundance of resources including ready-to-go, free lesson plans. The latest lesson posted in their Civics on Call section is entitled, Understanding Fake News. They also sponsor the annual High School Mock Trial Competition.
  • Teaching Tolerance - An excellent source of teaching and professional development resources geared towards facilitating diversity and equity in the classroom and beyond. You can order their free film kits that feature excellent, well-produced documentaries (with viewing guides) about such topics as the civil rights movement, Ann Frank, and Cesar Chavez, to list just a few. You can also subscribe to their free publication, Teaching for Tolerance Magazine.
  • Facing History and Ourselves - “People make choices. Choices make history. We help students learn about hatred and bigotry so they can stop them from happening in the future.” The site features resources for professional development as well as powerful teaching materials, including a very timely Resources for Teaching After Charlottesville and Preparing Students for Difficult Conversations.
  • Digital Chalkboard - Sponsored by the California Department of Education
  • Literacy and the Law: Mock Trials to Meet the Common Core - Offered through California State University San Marcos with the support of the Superior Court of San Diego and the Literacy and the Law Advisory Team. 
  • San Diego County Bar Association Programs for Youth and Schools - This page lists some of the programs the SDCBA facilitates.
  • ​2017-2018 San Diego High School Mock Trial - For information about the competition please visit http://sdmocktrial.org/home.aspx.  Orientation Meeting for Interested Teachers: 

  Tuesday, September 26, 2017 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.      

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