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I cannot say how much I appreciate your thorough research, your efforts to give all sides of issues accurately, and your efforts to make what you offer relevant.
- Ann H., El Paso, TX

CRF provides classroom teachers and students with high-quality content and thought-provoking questioning strategies to promote critical-thinking development, open discussion of issues, and interactive activities to heighten learning. When addressing controversial contemporary or historical issues, we strive to provide a balanced presentation and multiple perspectives. Most of our lessons directly address national and state standards, and additionally we are aligning to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social-Sciences.

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How Should We Judge Our Nation’s Founders?” - Using the Civil Conversation Strategy in the Classroom

Dealing with Controversy, How to Build Common Ground in the Classroom with Civil Conversation

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Democracy in the Balance

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The Northwest Ordinance and Westward Expansion

Is Democracy in Trouble?



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Civic Action Project (CAP)

CAP is a different kind of civics and government course. Think of it as a culmination of what students learn through the course of their social studies education, a chance to apply what they have learned in the real world experience of taking civic action. Learn more about CAP.

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A one-stop resource center for California social studies educators at the elementary, middle, and high school grade levels.


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Black History Month

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California Civics Day for Teachers Civics lessons and resources to encourage participation in professional development opportunities.

Educating About Immigration is a new web site devoted to issues of immigration for the classroom from CRF!

Educating About Intellectual Property CRF and Street Law, Inc. are collaborating on an exciting new web resource on intellectual property.

Bill of Rights in Action Many lessons on U.S. history, world history, and government

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CRF Blog Information, discussion, and links useful to educators.

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Small Learning Community

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Criminal Justice in America The best introductory text on the criminal justice system.

Adventures in Law and History Motivating lessons for upper-elementary students.