Model & Strategy

Spearheaded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in 2009, iCivics develops new and innovative approaches to civic education. iCivics’ game-centered curriculum provides middle and high school students with the tools they need for active participation and democratic action.

The games place students in different civic roles and give them agency to address real-world problems and issues. The games are rooted in clear learning objectives and integrated with lesson plans and other curricular materials. The iCivics curriculum is grouped into topical units that align to state and Common Core standards. Ultimately, the platform creates a reinvigorated network of educators committed to the civic mission of schools.

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At a Glance
Founded: 2009
Civic Engagement
Location of work: Domestic, Northeast, West Coast, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast
iCivics
1035 Cambridge Street
Suite 21B
Cambridge, MA 02141
Empowering teachers to engage and inform the next generation of citizens
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor helping students with the online game
Louise Dube
Meet Louise Dube

iCivics founder, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, was the first female appointed Supreme Court Justice of the U.S. She is a champion of civics education and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.

Louise Dube joined iCivics as Executive Director in 2014. Louise discovered the power of education in the early 1990’s as a co-founder of CASES, a New York alternative to incarceration program for youth offenders where education helped re-shape lives. She has successfully led growth organizations that make and deliver engaging educational technology and digital media. Most recently, she was the Managing Director of Digital Learning at WGBH, a public radio station in Boston. At WGBH, Louise helped launch PBS LearningMedia, a platform with more than 87,000 classroom-ready digital resources reaching 1.5 million educators. Previously, Louise served as President of Pangea Tools, an educational software start-up successfully acquired by Houghton Mifflin, and as VP of Marketing at Time To Know, a 1:1 curriculum platform, now distributed by McGraw-Hill Education.

IMPACT

iCivics reached over five million students in 2016 through a network of 150,000 registered teachers. It is now the largest provider of civics curriculum to middle school social studies teachers in the country.

 

A recent study done by Tufts University found a significant increase in student motivation and literacy skills for students using iCivics.

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  • RT @mr_isaacs: A6: I have actually been having my kids play and review the Oregon Trail lately :) I love having them look at old games and…