The New York Civics Education Roadmap presents a pre K-12 civics education scope and sequence for New York State teachers, supervisors, and curriculum developers. Correlated to the national and state civic standards for social studies and English language arts. Includes student learning activities along with student and teacher resources and websites. Trade book list for each grade level. The Roadmap will be updated when the pending NYS Social Studies Framework is approved by the Board of Regents.

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Importance of Civic Learning

More young Americans can name an American Idol winner and the city where the cartoon The Simpsons live than know the political party of their state’s governor.

--According to a recent survey conducted by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

Today, as in the past, the future rests on the shoulders of young people who as future citizens must protect and develop democratic institutions. It is, therefore, crucial for the future health of our democracy that young people are knowledgeable, engaged in their communities and in politics, and committed to the public good.

--The Civic Mission of Schools

If you look back in history, you will find the core mission of public education in America was to create places of civic virtue for our children and for our society. As education undergoes the rigors of re-examination and the need for reinvention, it is crucial to remember that the key role of public schools is to preserve democracy and, that as batter as we might be, our mission is central to the future of this country.

--Paul D. Houston

Liberty lies in the hearts of men; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. . .

--Learned Hand, 1944

Get Involved. . .

    Learn more about the national campaign by visiting
    Endorse the National campaign by taking one of the suggested action steps at Civic Mission of Schools. Encourage other groups and individuals to endorse as well. Indicate if the endorsement is coming from an organization, policy maker, business, educator, or concerned individual.
    Submit examples of high quality civic education projects, programs or activities to us at

Contact your school board members and state leaders and urge them to strengthen your school's civic mission of educating for democracy and to provide resources so all our students have the most effective civic learning experience.

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