Seeking proposal on teaching of history and civics

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WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- Educators, national leaders, researchers and others are being offered a chance to help assess how American history, civics and government are taught.

The National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Department of Education are offering a special funding opportunity to address how those topics are taught in K-12 education.

“As the United States look toward our 250th anniversary as a nation in 2026, it is critical that all Americans have a full understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the democratic principles on which the country was founded,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “The National Endowment for the Humanities is pleased to partner with the Department of Education to support this effort to gauge national levels of civic literacy and identify ways to improve the teaching and learning of American history and government.”

According to a release, the federal agencies have issued a joint request for proposals for a 15-month $650,000 cooperative agreement to plan, develop and implement a series of two national convenings focused on the assessment of the state of civics education and knowledge of American history in K-12 education.

There will also be a report on the findings and engagement in a national publicity campaign, including a national forum in Washington, D.C.

The release adds the goal of this project would be to highlight innovative approaches, learning strategies and professional development practices in K-12 civics education, emphasizing activities and programs benefiting low-income and underserved populations.

Higher education institutions and nonprofits with expertise in the holding of such convenings and the development of approaches with the potential to improve the quality of this teaching and learning can submit proposals.

The funding opportunity is through the NEH's Division of Education Programs in partnership with the DOE's American History and Civics Education – National Activities program.

Proposals must be received by Aug. 12.

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