Sunday, September 04, 2011

Teaching America: How Charter Schools Can Help Close the Civic Achievement Gap

For folks in DC on Sept. 14th, this looks like a great event:


Teaching America: How Charter Schools Can Help Close the Civic Achievement Gap

An event of the AEI Program on American Citizenship and the Civic Education Initiative

Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
AEI, Twelfth Floor
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Two blocks from Farragut North Metro

• SETH ANDREW, Democracy Prep Public Schools
• JUAN RANGEL, United Neighborhood Organization
• ROBIN LAKE, Center on Reinventing Public Education

High-performing charter schools have forged a positive culture for their students defined by college-going and career success. However, this healthy emphasis on personal achievement has come with the inadvertent consequence of neglecting students' civic education. Have efforts to cultivate "vocational" citizenship skills failed to satisfy the broader obligation of schools to cultivate the next generation of citizens and civic leaders? Join charter school leaders Mike Feinberg (KIPP), Seth Andrew (Democracy Prep), and Juan Rangel (United Neighborhood Organization), along with Robin Lake from the Center on Reinventing Public Education, as they discuss how charter schools understand their civic-education mandate. This event is sponsored by the AEI Program on American Citizenship in conjunction with the Civic Education Initiative and its new volume, Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011).

• A livestream of the event will be available starting at 9:00 a.m. ET the day of the event.
• Shortly after the event, a video will be available on the AEI website.

• For more information, please contact Barrett Bowdre at
• For media inquiries, please contact Véronique Rodman at

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