ADL believes the purpose of civic education is for young people to understand democracy and become actively engaged in making their communities and the world more equitable and just. Grounded in ADL's history of civil rights work and our principles of anti-bias learning, our approach is to help young people challenge the biases that compromise equity and social justice.
Cultivating a desire in young people for civic participation and community engagement matters. Now—more than ever.
Strengthening Our Democracy: Civic Participation in the 21st Century
ADL’s high school civics curriculum engages students in understanding how government works and their role in improving society through civic participation. Social studies and Civics teachers can teach the entire one-semester curriculum or choose individual lesson plans. Our curriculum helps students explore civic engagement and discuss controversial topics through an anti-bias lens.
ADL and Bites Media
ADL Education and Bites Media share a mutual commitment to the exploration of the civic and social issues that emerge from current events, and through a variety of viewpoints and perspectives. We provide access to a selection of lessons from ADL’s civics curriculum, Strengthening Our Democracy: Civic Participation in the 21st Century, accompanied by multimedia news stories crafted and published by Bites Media. News stories have been chosen based on journalistic standards and presented with a connection between current events and why they matter to the principles of democracy.
Teaching Civics through an Anti-bias Lens
ADL offers professional learning for educators who want to explore strategies and activities at the intersection of civics and anti-bias education. Our goal is to help educators understand our anti-bias framework and enable them to share best practices and ideas for adapting our civics lessons for students.
It is essential for students to explore their civic identities through an anti-bias lens as they learn to engage in civil and thoughtful discourse, which will help shape their interactions with others within the school walls and beyond.