CERG Description

The goal of the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) is to provide an evidence base that informs the design of policies and programs that promote the development of citizens for an effective, just, and humane democratic society.

Current Projects
  • Educating for Democracy Deep Dive

    The Educating for Democracy Deep Dive developed by the Teaching Channel and CERG is a curated collection of videos accompanied by educational resources, blogs, and articles related to preparing youth for civic and political life in the digital age

  • Educating for Democracy: Professional Learning Program

    CERG has launched a hybrid professional development program for public K-12 teachers. The initiative is designed to promote high-quality civic education that responds to the realities of our current civic and political landscape via professional development offerings, including online courses and in-person institutes.

  • Evaluation of the Chicago Public Schools Civics Initiative

    CERG is launching a rigorous research study of the impact of civic education practices on civic and academic outcomes as well as on the district-wide reform strategy being implemented by the Chicago Public Schools’ Civics Initiative.

  • Leveraging Equity and Access in Democratic Education (LEADE)

    The goal of the Leveraging Equity and Access in Democratic Education (LEADE) Initiative is to provide educational decision makers with a set of research-based tools for assessing equity and access in civic education in order to improve civic learning opportunities for all students.