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Get Ready for Constitution Day by Teaching the Bill of Rights with a Visitor from Outer Space!

Earth has been invaded. Your rights will be limited to just a few. What will they be? In this interactive free webinar and Common Core-aligned lesson, learn how to use entertaining technology to teach about fundamental rights while strengthening students’. . . more

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When, if ever, may the government limit freedom of religion? The Supreme Court and Congress have grappled with this question.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution begins with what are known as the religion clauses: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . .” Note that initially the First Amendment only limited the actions of Congress, our national legislature, but not the governments of any of the states. That came later more. . .

Civic Action Project (CAP)

CAP is a different kind of civics and government course. Think of it as a culmination of what students learn through the course of their social studies education, a chance to apply what they have learned in the real world experience of taking civic action. Learn more about CAP.

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2015 Catalog

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Black History Month

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California Civics Day for Teachers Civics lessons and resources to encourage participation in professional development opportunities.

Educating About Immigration is a new web site devoted to issues of immigration for the classroom from CRF!

Educating About Intellectual Property CRF and Street Law, Inc. are collaborating on an exciting new web resource on intellectual property.  

Bill of Rights in Action Many lessons on U.S. history, world history, and government

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Mock Trial

Teaching American History


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