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Civic Spirit educates, inspires, and empowers schools across faith traditions to enhance civic belonging and responsibility in their student, faculty, and parent communities. Through professional support and student programs, Civic Spirit prepares the next generation to be knowledgeable, ethical, and active participants in the civic life of their community and the political life of our democracy.

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Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), left, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) gesture to the crowd during the King Day at the Dome rally on January 20, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina.

Hey, N.Y. Times: Don’t endorse two for president. Don’t even pick one.

Copeland has been a journalist for 40 years, including as Washington bureau chief for the E.W. Scripps Co. and editor of Scripps Howard News Service. His most recent book, "Finding the News: Adventures of a Young Reporter," is about real-world journalism ethics.

There has been much discussion in political and media circles about why The New York Times this week endorsed two Democratic candidates for president. But the real question is why a news organization feels it is necessary or wise to choose a candidate at all.

So why is it a problem that The Times picked Sen. Amy Klobuchar and/or Sen. Elizabeth Warren over President Donald Trump? The main reason is that readers already distrust reporters and accuse them of bias, mostly of a liberal persuasion but also for or against individual candidates.

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Civic Health Project

We live in a society in which civil discourse and political decision-making capacity are deteriorating quickly and uncomfortably. We experience this erosion in obvious ways through hyper-partisan politics, toxic media and social media, and even day-to-day interactions with colleagues, friends, and family. Civic Health Project aims to reduce polarization and foster healthier discourse and decision-making across citizenry, politics and media.

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1870: Senator Hiram Revels (left) of Mississippi with some of the first black members of congress, (from left) Benjamin Turner, Robert De Large, Josiah Walls, Jefferson Long, Joseph Rainey and Robert Brown Elliot.

What everyone should know about Reconstruction 150 years after the 15th Amendment’s ratification

Patterson is an assistant professor of secondary school studies at West Virginia University.

I'll never forget a student's response when I asked during a middle school social studies class what they knew about black history: "Martin Luther King freed the slaves."

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929, more than six decades after the time of enslavement. To me, this comment underscored how closely Americans associate black history with slavery.

While shocked, I knew this mistaken belief reflected the lack of time, depth and breadth schools devote to black history. Most students get limited information and context about what African Americans have experienced since our ancestors arrived here four centuries ago. Without independent study, most adults aren't up to speed either.

For instance, what do you know about Reconstruction?

Based on my experience teaching social studies and my current work preparing social studies educators, I consider understanding what happened during the Reconstruction essential for exploring black power, resilience and excellence.

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Workshop: Fast, Easy, and Free Data Tools for Your Work

Organizer: Open Gov Hub

Fast, Easy, and FREE: Using Kaggle, BigQuery, and DataStudio to Solve Problems in Four Hours or Fewer." A short session on how to use some fantastic tools to actually DO something worthwhile for your organization. We will practice a range of skills via structured small group interactions.

Location: OpenGov Hub, 1110 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC

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