Learning Law and Democracy Foundation

Saint Paul, MN   |  www.teachingcivics.org

Mission

Learning Law and Democracy Foundation brings civics, government, and law-related education to life with educational resources and opportunities that build well-educated, engaged, and effective citizens. Through engaging student programs and professional development for their teachers, students are inspired to get involved in meaningful ways. They learn how to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Our website, teachingcivics.org, links teachers and students with vetted and evaluated resources, providing the most effective lessons available.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Jennifer Bloom

Main address

2395 University Avenue West Room 22 Suite 220

Saint Paul, MN 55114 USA

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EIN

26-0077593

NTEE code info

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

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Our programs

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We the People

Students study the US Constitution and participate in a statewide competitive simulated congressional hearing, with the winning team invited to participate in the National We the People Competition.

Population(s) Served

Working in teams, middle and high school students study a problem of their choice, research causes, possible solutions, Constitutional questions, levels of government involved. After selecting their preferred solution, they create an action plan and present their work to a panel of judges at a statewide event at the Minnesota State Capitol

Population(s) Served

This website project engages teachers and lawyers in evaluating civic education lessons for accuracy and bias, attempting to find high quality materials for classroom use. The recommended lessons are made easily available through a user friendly search system.

Population(s) Served

Teachers receive instruction in effective teaching strategies, civic education content, and best practice research through workshops and institutes lasting from 1 hour to 3 days.

Population(s) Served

Experienced teachers and lawyers work together to design civic education curricula to respond to specific curriculum needs. Materials are field tested and made available on www.teachingcivics.org and through professional development activities

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Goals & Strategy

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Learning Law and Democracy Foundation Goals:
1. Increase the civic knowledge and skills of Minnesota students and provide program opportunities
2. Improve teacher knowledge of civics and government and improve teacher capacity to teach in engaging manner
3. Provide engaging resources for teaching civics and government and share resources on teachingcivics.org
4. Provide assistance to other civic education organizations to improve civic education resources and opportunities

1. Increase the civic knowledge and skills of Minnesota students and provide program opportunities
a. Sponsor youth programs: We the People and Project Citizen
b. Develop Minnesota specific materials on Minnesota content included in Social Studies Standards
c. Increase competency of teachers through professional development
2. Improve teacher knowledge of civics and government and improve teacher capacity to teach in engaging manner
a. Provide professional development for teachers including short presentations, workshops, and institutes
b. Build content knowledge of how Minnesota and Federal Governments work and skill in using interactive teaching materials
3. Provide engaging resources for teaching civics and government and share resources on teachingcivics.org
a. Design materials to address gaps
b. Identify high quality available resources produced by others, vet for accuracy, bias, effectiveness
c. Share materials on teachingcivics.org,
4. Provide assistance to other civic education organizations to improve civic education resources and opportunities
a. Serve on civic education committees of other organizations include government divisions
b. Assist in development materials
c. Promote and share resources on teachingcivics.org

Learning Law and Democracy Foundation has over 30 years of experience in the field and engages more than 30 consultants with many years of experience and specific expertise in meeting the needs of students and teachers to accomplish goals.

In past two years:
a. Additional 400 teachers received professional development
b. 1,000 students participated in youth programs at the state level
c. Double number of lessons on teachingcivics.org and experienced a 60% increase in use of website.

Financials

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Learning Law and Democracy Foundation

Board of directors
as of 6/6/2016
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Board chair

Debra Noll

Deb Berghoff

Dana Carmichael

Eldon Kaul

Jeff McGuire

Mary Jo McGuire

Rick Theisen

Jennifer Bloom