Virtual Learning Opportunities

To support schools with remote learning, Close Up is developing virtual learning opportunities that draw on our issue-centered methodology, nonpartisan approach, and expertise in facilitating discussions.

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Bringing Close Up to Your Online Classroom

During this time of remote learning and social distancing, Close Up’s commitment to educate, inspire, and empower young people to participate in our democracy is stronger than ever. To support our schools, Close Up has created digital resources, teacher training, and facilitated discussion sessions that give students and teachers the tools to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting public policy decisions in local communities and at all levels of government.

IMPACT 2020: Community Engagement Summer Experience for Students

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Join us for Impact 2020 – a unique and engaging virtual summer program designed to help middle school and high school students develop the skills necessary to pursue a passion, tackle a community need, and form a network with other young leaders from across the country. The National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP) and Close Up Foundation have partnered to offer Impact 2020, a program designed to help young people develop their sense of purpose, and empower them to make an impact in their communities. 

Close Up-led Current Issues Discussions for Your Classroom


Each week, Close Up Instructors facilitate Zoom online discussions for middle school and high school students where they have an opportunity to engage with diverse opinions and peers from across the country to discuss, deliberate, and develop a policy recommendation for a current issue related to COVID-19. Students will research the issue of the week using Close Up’s Current Issues Blog, hear from presenters who provide arguments for major policy recommendations, and then work in small groups with a trained Close Up facilitator and peers to develop and present a policy recommendation of their own.

Middle School Teachers and Students
High School Teachers and Students

Classroom Resources and Lesson Plans


As part of Close Up’s robust civics curriculum, we have created a suite of lesson plans and reading materials designed to provide students with vital opportunities to develop and practice the key skills and attitudes of active citizenship.

Controversial Issues in the News
Classroom Lesson Plans
Current Issues Blog

Teacher Training and Seminars

Upcoming Free Online Trainings & Seminars
Previously Recorded Online Trainings & Seminars
Professional Development

Join Close Up for our Online Teacher Training and Weekly Seminar!