The New Civics
The New Civics initiative is embedded within the broader Foundation belief that cultivating knowledge and new ideas about education will ultimately improve students’ lives and enrich society. The designation “new” refers to an expanded understanding of civic education and its relationship to civic action. Ultimately, we see civic education not simply as a grounding in historical and procedural knowledge of systems of government, but, more broadly, as education, whether in schools or elsewhere, that develops skills, knowledge, and dispositions that lead to informed and reasoned civic action.
With this expanded understanding, we aim to support research that deepens our understanding of educational and other influences on civic action, that attends to social inequalities in civic education and civic action, and that has the potential to shape future research and practice in these fields. And we aim to create occasions for scholars’ learning, inquiry, and exchange – to strengthen the research community and its connections to educational policy and practice.
Those interested in submitting a proposal for research within the Initiative should review our current request for proposals to The New Civics - click here.
Small Grant proposal guidelines ($50,000 or less) to The New Civics - click here.
Major Grant proposal guidelines ($50,001 to $350,000) to The New Civics - click here.
For an annotated bibliography of readings recommended by TNC grantees - click here.
For commissioned background papers related to the New civics - click here.