Academic Partners

Our robust network of academic partners helps expand civic education opportunities for students and teachers.


Experts in Civic Education

Close Up is an active member of the civic education community, sharing our expertise and drawing on that of our partners to enhance civic learning. The need for this work is as great as ever, with the National Assessment of Educational Progress revealing that fewer than one quarter of U.S. high school seniors are “proficient” in civics, with over a third scoring below a “basic” level. 

But together with our academic partners, Close Up knows what it takes to deliver effective civic education. We are proud to work with other renowned educational institutions with unique insights on historical and current issues to provide one-of-a-kind opportunities and resources to students and educators. 

Scroll down the page or email us to learn more about our partners and our upcoming appearances at educational conferences! 

Academic Partner Highlight – Stanford University Deliberative Democracy Lab

Close Up collaborates with the Deliberative Democracy Lab at Stanford University on summer programming for students, professional development for educators, and ongoing Deliberative Polling® exercises with high schoolers. The Deliberative Democracy Lab is devoted to research about democracy and public opinion obtained through Deliberative Polling®, a method that has been used in 29 countries and over 100 projects at varying levels of government and society. 

Learn more about Close Up’s upcoming summer programs with Stanford, check out the work done by students in past programs, and sign up for upcoming deliberations today! 

Close Up’s Academic Partners

50th Anniversary – 26th Amendment Project
AllSides for Schools
CivXNow Coalition
Teaching for Democracy Alliance

Additional Academic Partners