The Civic Life Project
CIVIC LIFE PROJECT brings civics to life by empowering students to produce and screen short documentary films on community issues they care about. Our online professional development interactive seminars train teachers to easily transform the civics curriculum into dynamic activities that show students they have agency and the ability to shape their world.
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Bring Civis to Your School

DIGITAL MEDIA CREATION AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

  • 1033 Civilian Soldiers
  • The Dark Room
  • Pre Trial Detention
  • The Magic of the Atom
  • Education Declined
  • Covered
  • Impact of Abortion
  • Broken Chains
  • To Protect & Profile
  • MISTRUST
  • Paid For By
  • Labeled for Life
THE FILMS

Civic Life Perspective

Civic Life Project energizes civic education and promotes civic engagement through documentary filmmaking. We deeply empower students’ sense of personal voice and agency in their communities by engaging them on issues they care about, using digital tools they already know and use.

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Teacher Training

Based on our seven-year experience teaching Civic Life in dozens of classrooms, we have designed a series of online workshops for you to acquire all the tools you need to successfully bring the power of digital storytelling to your classroom and your community.

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Open Enrollment for our teacher training online live seminars is happening now!

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  • Keli Goff

    NURTURING AND INSPIRING!

    I don't know that I would have become a journalist had I not had educators who nurtured my interest in politics, government and media at a young age. The Civic Life Project is nurturing and inspiring a new generation of storytellers.

    Keli Goff
    Columnist for The Daily Beast and Screenwriter/Producer
  • Parker J. Palmer

    A BRILLIANT PROJECT

    Students walk across that invisible line that often separates the school from the community.

    Parker J. Palmer
    Author, Educator, Activist
  • Bill Moyers

    JUST WHAT KIDS NEED

    A way to be creative on their terms while learning how to be good citizens! And just what America needs, too.

    Bill Moyers
    Journalist
  • Dan Rather

    THAT IDEA WAS A WINNER

    It would not have occurred to me to teach civics through documentary film techniques.

    Dan Rather
    Journalist
  • Lynn Sherr

    BRAVO!

    At a time when civil conversation and social responsibilities are threatened on all fronts, Civic Life reminds America's next generations about what's important. That it's done through thoughtful documentaries is a perfect antidote to the daily TV screaming. 

    Lynn Sherr
    Journalist, Author
  • Lisa Carter

    INSPIRING OTHERS TO TAKE ACTION

    The authentic learning experience provided by the Civic Life Program provides meaningful context that engages students as active citizens. Students understand how their involvement in civic discourse can inspire others to take action about important issues in their communities.

    Lisa Carter
    Assistant Superintendent Region One

HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Civic Life students discover a thirst for civil discourse and a desire to participate in their communities. After completing the program our students are more likely to vote, consume news, and become engaged citizens.