At Close Up, we know from educating almost one million middle and high school students on our experiential programs in Washington, DC, that helping young people discuss controversial issues can be challenging. With this in mind, Close Up offers materials, lesson plans, professional development, and programming designed to help educators and students engage in meaningful dialogue about political and social issues.
Close Up’s approach to civic education in the classroom draws upon our nearly 50 years of experience engaging young people from diverse backgrounds in discussions and debates about pressing policy issues, government structure, and democratic values. Our methodology is informed by experiential and cooperative learning theories, issue-centered education, and principles in democratic education. Below, you can learn how our materials and programming can help your classroom.
Prepare students to discuss current events with our classroom resources.Learn More >
Gain skills, tools, and strategies to frame controversial issue discussions in your classroom.Learn More >
Connect with other classrooms across the country to practice civil dialogue.Learn More >
Our weekly posts frame major issues in the news to spark classroom discussions.Learn More >
High school students from across the country come together to make lasting connections with the people and places that represent our democracy.Learn More >