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Ballotpedia is the digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Ballotpedia’s goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government. Ballotpedia is firmly committed to neutrality in its content.
Bridge Alliance is a diverse coalition of more than 90 respected established organizations committed to revitalizing democratic practice in America. The Bridge Alliance aims to create great impact across three broad areas: civic engagement, governance and policymaking, and campaign and election processes.
Bridge the Divide
Bridge the Divide is a political initiative that seeks to promote political conversation amongst youth in a time of great divide in both American and global political affairs. Bridge the Divide works to unite politically active students who desire to create change in the world by stimulating conversation in a productive and respectful manner.
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Empatico empowers teachers and students to explore the world through experiences that spark curiosity, kindness, and empathy. Empatico combine live video with activities designed to foster meaningful connections among students ages 7-11.
Facing History’s mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying history, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.
iCivics exists to engage students in meaningful civic learning, by providing teachers with well-written, inventive, and free resources that enhance their practice and inspire their classrooms. iCivics is reimagining civic education for future generations, helping young people to grow more informed, more curious, and more engaged in civic life.
Living Room Conversations
Living Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate people. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation with those with whom we may not agree. These conversations increase understanding, reveal common ground, and sometimes even allow people to discuss possible solutions.
Harvard National Civic Education Infrastructure
The National Civic Education Infrastructure’s conviction is that a shared national conversation about a diverse and flexible system of civic education, supported by a robust civic education infrastructure, is a necessity for ensuring the health and durability of our democracy.
Heterodox Academy is a politically diverse group of more than 2,300 professors and graduate students who have come together to improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing viewpoint diversity, mutual understanding, and constructive disagreement.
National Conversation Project
National Conversation Project—an overarching collaborative platform powered by 150+ organizations—is designed to reach farther and impact greater than any one organization by aggregating, aligning, and amplifying the many conversation efforts already underway while welcoming more Americans into conversations. National Conversation Project promotes National Weeks of Conversation, #ListenFirst Fridays, and any conversation inviting people to revitalize America together.
Newsela is an education technology startup dedicated to transforming the way learners access the world through words. Newsela publishes high-interest news articles daily at five levels of complexity for grades 2-12 using Newsela’s proprietary, rapid text-leveling process. Quizzes attached to articles provide real-time insight into reading strengths and weaknesses.
Open Mind Platform
OpenMind is a psychology-based educational platform designed to depolarize campuses, companies, organizations, and communities. OpenMind helps people foster intellectual humility and mutual understanding, while equipping them with the essential cognitive skills to engage constructively across differences.
ProCon.org provides professionally-researched pro, con, and related information on more than 50 controversial issues from gun control and death penalty to illegal immigration and alternative energy. Using the fair, free, and unbiased resources at ProCon.org, millions of people each year learn new facts, think critically about both sides of important issues, and strengthen their minds and opinions.
Stanford History Education Group
If young people are not prepared to critically evaluate the information that bombards them online, they are apt to be duped by false claims and misleading arguments. To help teachers tackle teaching these critical skills, SHEG has developed assessments of civic online reasoning — the ability to judge the credibility of the information that floods young people’s smartphones, tablets, and computer screens.
Now on 50+ campuses, TableTalk Global is dedicated to preparing students to thrive in our diverse society by having face-to-face conversations about topics that matter. The curriculum provides students with leadership opportunities as well as social and emotional learning skills, and is designed to make every student feel valued, heard, and understood.