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Affiliated organizations supporting the civic empowerment of students in Texas and nationally

K-12 Civic Education Resources

The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life offers citizens from all ages and backgrounds a chance to become more civically engaged through our numerous programs and events. The Institute partners with a variety of organizations to best achieve its mission of a civically enagegd people. Affilitated and related organizations that support the Insittute's mission are below. 

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Center for Wise Democracy

We offer a set of social innovations by which to facilitate "We the People" to achieve breakthrough progress on society's most pressing, impossible-seeming issues.


CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)

CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, is a non-partisan, independent research organization focused on youth civic engagement in the United States. We conduct extensive research on youth participation, and we leverage that research to improve opportunities for all young people to acquire and use the skills and knowledge they need to meaningfully participate in civic life. In all of our work, we are especially concerned with understanding, addressing, and ultimately eliminating the systemic barriers that keep some young people marginalized from and underrepresented in civic life.

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Citizen Discourse

Through our workshops, curriculum, and other educational tools, Citizen Discourse hopes to further civic literacy, mindful self-expression, and conscious & trusting community culture where members feel a sense of belonging.

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COMETRY is an exciting, energetic new art form that blends performance poetry and stand up comedy into clean, clever, observational entertainment. Each performance is designed to highlight the similarities, habits, and traits that we all share, but often go unnoticed.

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Civics provides educational online games and lesson plans to promote civics education and encourage students to become active citizens. iCivics was founded in 2008 by retired Supreme Court of the United States Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

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Mikva Challenge

By inviting youth to take part in real-life democratic activities, the Mikva Challenge is preparing them to be informed citizens and leaders.

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National Archives Educator Resources

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.


National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation is a network of innovators who bring people together across divides to tackle today’s toughest challenges. NCDD serves as a gathering place, a resource clearinghouse, a news source, and a facilitative leader for this extraordinary community.

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RU Ready is a program at the Center for Youth Political Participation at Rutgers University. A civic engagement initiative, the mission of RU Ready is to provide students with the motivation and the civic, political, and expressive tools they need to address public problems in their community.

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Texas Law-Related Education

The Law-Related Education (LRE) Department of the State Bar of Texas serves as a catalyst to advance law related and civic education programs throughout the state through curriculum development and educator training. Working with the legal community, public and private school districts, universities, and Regional Educational Service Centers, the department administers numerous programs designed to improve the administration of justice and promote civic education and participation.

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thinkLaw gives under­-resourced schools with time-­strapped teachers all they need to facilitate critical thinking through engaging discussions, writing assignments, and other learning activities with under 1 hour of initial training and less than 20 minutes of prep time per lesson.

Financial Partners

The Annette Strauss Insititute supports K-12 civic empowerment through generous donations, gifts, and grant awards. The following organizations support the Insitute's mission financially. 

Thank you to our supporters! 

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