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.


Educating for Democracy Deep Dive



CERG has collaborated with the Teaching Channel to create the Educating for Democracy Deep Dive,  a curated collection of videos accompanied by educational resources related to preparing youth for civic and political life in the digital age. It provides a way for educators to see civic education in action and to find resources to support their efforts. Check out our resources by visiting www.teachingchannel.org/ed4democracy.






Digital Civics Toolkit

The Digital Civics Toolkit is a collection of resources for educators to support youth to explore, recognize, and take seriously the civic potentials of digital life. The Toolkit draws on the research and work of the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP). The Toolkit explores a range of civic opportunities and dilemmas via 5 modules focused on: Exploring Community Issues, Investigation, Dialogue, Voice, and Action.  







Civic Discussion & Deliberation: Chicago Public Schools

The Importance of High Quality Discussions from Free Spirit PRO on Vimeo.

Structured Academic Controversy (SAC) from Free Spirit PRO on Vimeo.

Student Centered Civic Discussion & Deliberation from Free Spirit PRO on Vimeo.




Preparing Youth for Civics and Politics in the Digital Age 




Lessons from Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age Initiative

Featured on the Teaching Channel is an overview of the Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age Initiative


Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age Initiative


And lesson videos from OUSD classrooms:


Encouraging Students to Take Action



Infographics For Change




On May 2015 Oakland Unified School District and the Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age (EDDA) Initiative celebrated community ready seniors at Mills College. There were 24 students selected from across the Oakland Unified School District to receive awards for their community-focused research and action projects that exemplified EDDA goals and community readiness.



Blogging and Youth Civic Voice

A group of teachers and students in Oakland, California talk about the benefits of blogging in the classroom and how it promotes productive online dialogue, provides students with an authentic audience, and develops young people’s civic voice.

Blogging Tips From Three Veteran Teachers from Shine On Productions on Vimeo.



Digital Media and Struggles for Justice

The Black Youth Project and the YPP Survey Project have launched a new video that features activists, educators and organizers reflecting on using digital media in struggles for social justice.  Click here for more videos about Participatory Politics in Action from the Black Youth Project 





YPP Network Connected Learning TV Webinars 

Youth Led Inquiry, Connection and Action: Redesigning Civic Education for Participatory Politics, Council of Youth Research webinar series focuses on successes and lessons learned from two long-running civic education initiatives that redesign civic learning opportunities to take advantage of digital opportunities for connection and social action. The Educating for Participatory Politics project is an action project that works with educators to resdesign civic learning opportunities in classrooms in three different cities. The Council of Youth Research is a partnership between UCLA and local schools in Los Angeles that has mentored young people to become researchers of their own schools and communities over the past fifteen years. 


Educators' Experiences Educating for Participatory Politics (3/24/2016)



Webinars in this series 

Supporting Educators to Educate for Participatory Politics (03/10/2016)

YPAR in Action: Lessons from the Coucil of Youth Research (3/17/2016)

Thinking across Civic Education Work (3/31/2016)


By Any Media Necessary Webinar Series 

The Media, Activism and Participatory Politics (MAPP) Project launched the By Any Media Necessary two-part webinar series with Twitter chats in February 2015. The By Any Media Necessary webinar series explores how organizations and individuals are harnessing digital media to scaffold and sustain participatory politics, and what "success" means in modern-day civics.


The first webinar in the series (below) is Measuring and Sustaining Participatory Politics Success



Webinars in this series and Twitter Chats

[Webinar] Measuring and Sustaining Participatory Politics Success (2/5/2015)]  

[Twitter Chat] Measuring and Sustaining Participatory Politics Success (2/12/2015]

[Webinar] An Action Plan for Achieving Success in Participatory Politics (2/17/2015)]  

[Twitter Chat] An Action Plan for Acheiving Success in Participatory Politics (2/26/15)



Storytelling and Digital-Age Civics with the Media, Activism and Participatory Politics (MAPP) Project 

The series explores storytelling as a practice that bridges cultural and civic/political engagement. The series begins January 14, 2014. For more info visit Storytelling and Digital-Age Civics



Webinars in this series

Making Your Story (1/16/2014) 

Spreading Your Story (1/21/2014)

Considering Your Story's Afterlife (1/28/2014) 



Joseph Kahne on Digital Media Use and Political Participation

Joseph Kahne, professor of education at Mills College, discusses the impact of digital media on political participation from DML Research Hub on Vimeo.