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CLDE Action Network News

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network News

Publications to Support Civically Engaged Higher Education Professionals

Beyond Politics as Usual: Paths for Engaging College Students in Politicsedited by the Kettering Foundation, offers best practices to instill democratic engagement in students. The practices and approaches explored in this volume center around the various angles of deliberative dialogue.

The Campus Compact’s publication, Using Action Inquiry in Engaged Research, An Organizing Guide, offers “practical guidance and methods for using the Action Inquiry Model (AIM) in engaged research initiatives and community partnerships.”

NASPA’s Lead Initiative Guest Blog Offers Examples and Experiences from Civically Engaged Campuses

NASPA’s Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement offers a selection of recent guest blog posts from two- and four-year campuses that explore the benefits of student civic learning and highlight campus accomplishments and the lessons they learned.

Free Ebook to Foster Web Literacy

AASCU’s American Democracy Project recently shared an update on their Digital Polarization Initiative(#DigiPo) announcing the free ebook, Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers, by Michael Arthur Caulfield. This ebook can be used with students to help fact check the news and online stories.

The Kettering Foundation, Campus Compact, NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and AASCU’s American Democracy Project are members of the CLDE Action Network, an alliance of twelve leading civic learning organizations convened by AAC&U. Responding to the ambitious goals set forth in A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future, the CLDE Action Network coordinates, constructs, and advances efforts to prepare college students for informed and responsible citizenship and make civic inquiry and engagement expected rather than elective in college. See the CLDE events calendar for upcoming civic conferences and webinars.

Civic Engagement & Democracy News from our Friends at the DDC

DDCSelected News from the Deliberative Democracy Consortium

  • Can a group of people write a graphic novel about civic infrastructure? We’ll find out at the Frontiers of Democracy conference
  • Public Agenda celebrates their 40th anniversary and opens the Yankelovich Center for Public Judgment –
  • New issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation – has articles on online deliberation, institutional design, inclusion, recruitment, voting, culture, divided societies, and more, by authors like John Gastil, Alan Tomkins, Carolina Johnson, and Jennifer Stromer-Galley, and reviews of books by Josh Lerner, Chris Karpowitz and Tali Mendelberg, Paula Cossart, and Jose Marichal
  • Rich Harwood champions the role of libraries in engagement, as “uniquely trusted local institutions” –
  • Boiling down public engagement to four basic types –
  • How can “social deliberative skills” be encouraged and supported online? New research from Tom Murray and colleagues
  • Personal Democracy Forum is now accepting applications for its Civic Hall Fellowship Program –
  • New National Issues Forums guide on health care costs –
  • Using keypad polling as part of community planning in Laconia, NH – @OrtonFoundation
  • The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas is seeking a new director –
  • Latest issue of the National Civic Review focuses on the connection between engagement and educational opportunities
  • The new Promising Practice Database is a feature of membership in the National Civic League – @allamericacity
  • How schools in Pittsfield, NH have implemented a more democratic, student-centered approach to leaning –
  • MetroQuest releases a free guide to effective online engagement –
  • Luca Belgiorno-Nettis reflects on whether the great democratic documents of the past have meaning for us today –
  • What do we mean, exactly, by “participation?” Take the survey at to help clarify
  • The Rockefeller Brothers Fund revises its guidelines for its Democratic Practice Program – @RockBrosFund
  • Online engagement platforms mainly involve the privileged? Probably. Here’s why this matters – and why it doesn’t –
  • Should all institutions be democratic? No, says Peter Levine
  • The National Issues Forums Institute releases three new discussion guides on water issues –
  • “The biggest crisis in the world is that we are at a low point in how we all participate in shaping our communities”
  • IAP2 USA seeks nominations for 2015 Core Values Awards, for project, research project, and organization of the year –
  • Rita Allen Foundation announces $515,000 in grants to build civic engagement through technology and media –
  • The session schedule is filling in for the Frontiers of Democracy conference, June 25-27. See the list so far at
  • Everyday Democracy on how to create spaces for all voices, in Baltimore and elsewhere –
  • “‘When people have meaningful, productive roles in making public decisions and solving public problems, we get smarter, more equitable, more broadly supported public policies,’ says Leighninger”
  • Peter Levine has been named associate dean of Tisch College; Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg will succeed him as CIRCLE director
  • Peter Levine & Eric Liu find that no civic renewal organization “ has managed to be large, deep, diverse, and focused”
  • Martin Carcasson and Leah Sprain introduce “deliberative inquiry,” a theory designed to aid the work of practitioners – “ Deliberative inquiry moves from a linear event-focused model where deliberation produces refined public opinion and decision outcomes to using deliberative principles to guide a cyclical learning process.”
  • The Democracy Fund releases its first annual report –
  • The National Conference on Citizenship will be held October 9 in DC –
  • Laura Black, Tim Shaffer, and Nancy Thomas take stock of the field of public deliberation for JPD – “Traditionally, journals haven’t played a central role in social change. But for JPD, we have the potential to do more than a traditional ‘academic’ journal. This is not to be interpreted as a diminishment of rigorous scholarship; instead, we see it as a commitment to making scholarship meaningful to people and communities.”
  • Submit lab ideas now for the World Forum for Democracy 2015. Theme: “Freedom vs control: For a democratic response”
  • “The future of journalism and the future of civic engagement are closely intertwined.”
  • Combining thick and thin engagement in budgeting through a new tool, Balancing Act – @BalancingActEP

What’s New with ADP [October 2013]

Happy October from the American Democracy Project!

September was a busy month for our campuses as both Constitution Day and National Voter Registration Day had faculty and students all sorts of civically engaged.

If you missed them, here are some highlights from the blog during the past month:

  • “What is eCitizenship?” Webinar Recording and Slides Now Available
    On September 26, 2013, the American Democracy Project’s eCitizenship Initiative held the first of five webinars. If you missed “What is eCitizenship?,” you can view the webinar or download the slides by clicking here.
  • Time is Running Out to Register for the 2013 GCI
    READ MORE about this year’s speakers and content.
  • What ADP Campuses Do on Constitution Day
    At the end of August, we emailed our ADP campus coordinators to inquire how their campuses were celebrating Constitution Day; the results are in. READ MORE
  • eJournal of Public Affairs Releases Vol. 2 Issue 2, Call for Papers
    Vol. 2 Issue 2 of the eJournal of Public Affairs was released and published at the end of August and is available online at:
  • Global Challenges Project Launches Version 2.0 of National Blended Curriculum
    AASCU’s Global Engagement Scholars were hard at work this summer updating Global Challenges: Promise and Peril in the 21st Century. The project takes inspiration from the Seven Revolutions framework created by one of Washington D.C.’s leading bipartisan think tanks, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, to examine key drivers of change likely to impact the world over the next 30 years. READ MORE

And keep in mind the following dates and events; remember that there are only a couple of days left to secure AASCU’s special rate for hotel rooms at the 2013 Global Challenges Institute:

Also, be sure to connect with us on our various social media channels, so you don’t miss anything this month!

Make it a great month!

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