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Louise Dubé, at a 2019 event in Boston showcasing iCivics' efforts to improve education about democracy in the city's schools.

Meet the reformer: Louise Dubé, driving more equitable and inclusive civics learning

Louise Dubé is about to mark her sixth anniversary at the helm of iCivics, which offers a menu of online games and lesson plans that have become perhaps the most widely adopted civics curriculum in the country. (The nonprofit was started by Sandra Day O'Connor soon after she retired from the Supreme Court.) Dubé started her career as an attorney in Montreal but has been an educational innovator in the United States since the 1990s — founding an alternative school for youthful offenders in New York, launching three educational software startups and helping start PBS LearningMedia while directing the digital education efforts of the network's station in Boston. Her answers have been edited for clarity and length.

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iCivics reimagines K-12 civic education to build civic strength.

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Just nine states require a full year of civic education in high school. In 31 states students only have to learn civics for one semester.

How state legislatures can help fix civics

Dubé is the executive director of iCivics, a civic education nonprofit, and one of the founders of CivXNow.org

The youth of today have the ability to fix the problems in our society that adults have created. They're sensitive, in tune with the injustices that surround them and know the power of their own voices. But to effectively channel their instincts and harness their potential for change, we need to give them the tools to do so.

That starts with re-establishing the school as the place in which Americans learn the fundamentals of how our democracy and its institutions work, so that we can imbue them with knowledge they need to navigate that system and create change from the inside.

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