On Sept. 17, the Newseum proudly hosted the launch of the Civics Renewal Network, an alliance of 26 nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations that provide free online classroom resources for civics education. The launch was part of a day-long series of events across the United States celebrating Constitution Day on the 227th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.
Chief executive officer James C. Duff welcomed leaders from the Civics Renewal Network to the Newseum, where a press conference, reception and dinner in the Knight Conference Center marked the network’s official launch. The American Academy of Arts & Sciences presented a panel discussion on “Stewarding America: Institutions and Civic Life,” and William “Bro” Adams, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, gave a keynote address.
Throughout the day, school groups visiting the Newseum participated in the Preamble Challenge, reciting (and in one case, singing) the opening words to the Constitution in the museum’s galleries while Newseum staff handed out American flags. Nearly 50 students from across the U.S. who developed civics projects that benefited their home communities were selected to come to Washington, D.C., along with their teachers, for a day of civic engagement at the Newseum, the U.S. Capitol and the National Archives.
Sharing the belief that understanding the Constitution plays a vital role in creating knowledgeable and engaged citizens, the organizations of the Civics Renewal Network are working together to raise the visibility of civics education in the United States by providing valuable tools to teachers through a one-stop website. Learn more at www.civicsrenewalnetwork.org.