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Who We Are
Launched in 2006, Annenberg Classroom is a project of the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Our founders are Ambassadors Walter H. Annenberg and Leonore Annenberg.

Our Goals
Engaged and well-informed citizens are vital to making our government work at the local, state and federal levels. But civics knowledge surveys conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center show that Americans lack a basic understanding of the Constitution and how our system of governance works. In a survey released on Constitution Day 2016, only a quarter of Americans could name all three branches of government and nearly one-third could not name any of the three branches.

Through a high-quality civics education, students learn to become active and responsible citizens who understand their rights and responsibilities as outlined in the Constitution. In the words of Walter Annenberg: “Citizenship is every person’s highest calling.” Annenberg Classroom strives to help develop a citizenry that demands and supports a functioning democracy.

What We Do
To support the Annenbergs’ vision, Annenberg Classroom provides a free multimedia Constitution curriculum to educators and the general public. More than 60 videos that teach about constitutional concepts and landmark Supreme Court cases are available. Most
have subtitles in English and Spanish; some are subtitled in multiple languages. Standards-aligned lesson plans accompany the videos. Interactive games engage students while teaching them about the Bill of Rights and the three branches of government. The Annenberg Guide to the Constitution: What It Says, What It Means is a wonderful research tool for students trying to understand the words and meaning of this founding document. The timelines connected to the Constitution’s articles and amendments are another useful tool. A comprehensive glossary covers terms in government, civics and economics.

 

 

 

 

 

 


AnnenbergClassroom.org was last updated on September 17, 2017.