Through creative advocacy, in-school programs, research and reports, CitizenshipFirst reminds educators, policymakers, and all Americans that an essential purpose of our education system is to prepare our nation’s young people for self-government and a lifetime of active, engaged citizenship.  We believe restoring the civic mission of schools must be an urgent national priority.

Recent News on Civic Education

For Students, Shutdown Offers Lessons in How Not to Run a Nation, 10/9/13

Executive Director Robert Pondiscio is featured in Emily Richmond’s piece about how the government shutdown illustrates gaps in our nation’s civic education.

We encourage lively and thoughtful discussions about civic education and the public purpose of schools.  Members of the media are invited to contact us directly at 718-514-0764, or email