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For close to 20 years, CIRCLE has been supporting efforts to improve and expand civic education in Illinois. What began as an indirect relationship in which our research informed efforts by educators and policymakers in the state has transformed into a deep, innovative research-practice partnership including major evaluations, support for teacher professional learning, and institutional relationships that have transformed our efforts toward equitable civic learning for all.

A Partnership for Learning and Impact

Learn more about the history, key initiatives, and major impact of CIRCLE's relationship with Illinois Civics Hub and other leaders in the state's civic learning ecosystem.

Major Evaluations and Reports

Middle School Civics Implementation

CIRCLE conducted an extensive two-year study of progress implementing middle school civics in Illinois following a new law, pedagogical mandates, and content requirements in the state.

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High School Civics Implementation

CIRCLE's evaluation of  civic learning after a new high school civics law in Illinois helped make the case for the importance of civic education policy and implementation support.

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Impact Beyond Illinois

The data, insights, and co-created learning from our partnerships in Illinois have deeply informed our work on civic education, with impact that goes far beyond the state. Below are some of the studies and initiatives in which we have put what we've learned into practice.

Educating for American Democracy Roadmap

CIRCLE Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg is the lead author of the EAD Roadmap's pedagogy companion, and CIRCLE launched a Teacher Leadership Task Force to support educators.

Research in Other States

Based on what we've learned about studying civic learning, CIRCLE has conducted evaluations of policy, curricula, and civic experiences in other states, most recently Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Key Partners and Funders