Youth Development

Learning Law and Democracy Foundation

  • Saint Paul, MN
  • www.teachingcivics.org

Mission Statement

Learning Law and Democracy Foundation brings civics, government, and law-related education to life with educational resources and opportunities that build well-educated, engaged, and effective citizens. Through engaging student programs and professional development for their teachers, students are inspired to get involved in meaningful ways. They learn how to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Our website, teachingcivics.org, links teachers and students with vetted and evaluated resources, providing the most effective lessons available.

Main Programs

  1. We the People
  2. Project Citizen
  3. teachingcivics.org
  4. Professional Development
  5. Curriculum Development
Service Areas

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Minnesota

Although our target audiences are Minnesota teachers and students, resources on our website are used throughout the country and world.

ruling year

2005

Executive Director

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Jennifer Bloom

Keywords

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civic education, government education, non profit, professional development, civic education resources, teaching civics

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EIN

26-0077593

 Number

4020682296

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

We the People

Students study the US Constitution and participate in a statewide competitive simulated congressional hearing, with the winning team invited to participate in the National We the People Competition.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Program 2

Project Citizen

Working in teams, middle and high school students study a problem of their choice, research causes, possible solutions, Constitutional questions, levels of government involved. After selecting their preferred solution, they create an action plan and present their work to a panel of judges at a statewide event at the Minnesota State Capitol

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Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Program 3

teachingcivics.org

This website project engages teachers and lawyers in evaluating civic education lessons for accuracy and bias, attempting to find high quality materials for classroom use. The recommended lessons are made easily available through a user friendly search system.

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Elementary & Secondary Education

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Program 4

Professional Development

Teachers receive instruction in effective teaching strategies, civic education content, and best practice research through workshops and institutes lasting from 1 hour to 3 days.

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Teacher & Faculty

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Program 5

Curriculum Development

Experienced teachers and lawyers work together to design civic education curricula to respond to specific curriculum needs. Materials are field tested and made available on www.teachingcivics.org and through professional development activities

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Curriculum Development

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Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Learning Law and Democracy Foundation Goals:
    1. Increase the civic knowledge and skills of Minnesota students and provide program opportunities
    2. Improve teacher knowledge of civics and government and improve teacher capacity to teach in engaging manner
    3. Provide engaging resources for teaching civics and government and share resources on teachingcivics.org
    4. Provide assistance to other civic education organizations to improve civic education resources and opportunities
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. Increase the civic knowledge and skills of Minnesota students and provide program opportunities
    a. Sponsor youth programs: We the People and Project Citizen
    b. Develop Minnesota specific materials on Minnesota content included in Social Studies Standards
    c. Increase competency of teachers through professional development
    2. Improve teacher knowledge of civics and government and improve teacher capacity to teach in engaging manner
    a. Provide professional development for teachers including short presentations, workshops, and institutes
    b. Build content knowledge of how Minnesota and Federal Governments work and skill in using interactive teaching materials
    3. Provide engaging resources for teaching civics and government and share resources on teachingcivics.org
    a. Design materials to address gaps
    b. Identify high quality available resources produced by others, vet for accuracy, bias, effectiveness
    c. Share materials on teachingcivics.org,
    4. Provide assistance to other civic education organizations to improve civic education resources and opportunities
    a. Serve on civic education committees of other organizations include government divisions
    b. Assist in development materials
    c. Promote and share resources on teachingcivics.org
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Learning Law and Democracy Foundation has over 30 years of experience in the field and engages more than 30 consultants with many years of experience and specific expertise in meeting the needs of students and teachers to accomplish goals.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    a. Increase in number of teachers with enhanced capacity to teach civics in engaging, informative, and inspirational ways
    b. Increase in number of students who participate in youth programs
    c. Increase number of resources on teachingcivics.org and increase use of the webpage to find resources, looking at users, pageviews, and time.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In past two years:
    a. Additional 400 teachers received professional development
    b. 1,000 students participated in youth programs at the state level
    c. Double number of lessons on teachingcivics.org and experienced a 60% increase in use of website.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

Although our target audiences are Minnesota teachers and students, resources on our website are used throughout the country and world.

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Learning Law and Democracy Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Learning Law and Democracy Foundation

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Executive Director

Jennifer Bloom

BIO

As Executive Director of Learning Law and Democracy Foundation (formerly the Minnesota Center for Community Legal Education) for over 20 years, Jennifer has demonstrated her dedication to raising the level of civics education in Minnesota and around the country. Among her education projects is the High School Mock Trial Competition, which she started in Minnesota and co-founded on the national level. Jennifer also appears in the classroom as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. Her honors include the 2011 Minnesota State Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer of the Year Award and the American Bar Association’s Leadership in Law Related Education Award in 1991.

Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota, her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, and her Ed.M. from Harvard University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Debra Noll

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