Education for American Civic Life

"The classroom is the best rehearsal space we have for democracy."

Andrew Delbanco
President, The Teagle Foundation

City College of New York’s Colin Powell School

City College of New York’s Colin Powell School

$200,000 over 24 months to create the New York City Leaders Fellowship, which will allow highly motivated undergraduates to become the next generation of civic leaders in New York City.
Minnesota Humanities Center

Minnesota Humanities Center

$250,000 over 36 months to scale Third Way Civics to six sites in Minnesota. Third Way Civics teaches civic knowledge through primary sources and civic skills through classroom exercises.
University of North Carolina Wilmington

University of North Carolina Wilmington

$300,000 over 36 months to create the Fragility, Resilience, and Engaged Education in Democracy (FREED) Project.
Drexel University

Drexel University

$275,000 over 36 months to establish the Program in Civic Foundations as a centerpiece of civic education in the Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University.

DePaul University

DePaul University

$285,00 to DePaul University to create a multi-section course called Lived Civics, a centerpiece of the Liberal Studies Program, the common curriculum taken by all students in the seven undergraduate colleges of the University.
Community Learning Partnership

Community Learning Partnership

$300,000 to Community Learning Partnership and six colleges to finalize and implement the course U.S. Government for All: Ideals and Possibilities across multiple campuses.
Southeastern University and Ball State University Teachers College

Southeastern University and Ball State University Teachers College

$40,000 over 12 months to Southeastern University and Ball State University Teachers College to develop Third Way Civics.
St. John Fisher College

St. John Fisher College

$25,000 to St. John Fisher College to design a civic education core within a core that seeks to center civic education in the significant local history and current communal needs of Rochester, New York.
Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College

$25,000 to Gettysburg College to create civic literacy across a students' four-year educational experience.
Rutgers University

Rutgers University

$20,000 to Rutgers University-Newark to create courses in the Honors College designed to answer the question: what should students know to be knowledgeable and effective citizens in Newark? 
Longwood University

Longwood University

$100,000 to Longwood University, in partnership with the R.R. Moton Museum, to offer high-level professional development to faculty teaching in the Civitae Core curriculum.
Brandeis University

Brandeis University

$325,000 to Brandeis University to expand the Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation (ENACT) to all 50 states.
University of New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire

$25,000 to University of New Hampshire to pilot a first-year experience on civic literacy for incoming students.

News & Resources

05.04.2022 | TEAGLE IN THE NEWS

Third-Way Civics

Funded by the Teagle Foundation and anchored at the Minnesota Humanities Center, Third-Way Civics prepares students for lives of public purpose and productive citizenship.

Third-Way Civics >
10.06.2021 | TEAGLE IN THE NEWS

Civil Renewal Project at Ball State University Gains National Attention

With Teagle funding, Ball State will collaborate with Southeastern University and the Minnesota Humanities Center to develop undergraduate students' civic identities.
Civil Renewal Project at Ball State University Gains National Attention >
08.06.2021 | TEAGLE IN THE NEWS

UNCW to Study Wilmington's 1898 Coup and Massacre

With an Education for American Civic Life grant, UNC Wilmington will educate students and contribute to local community history.
UNCW to Study Wilmington's 1898 Coup and Massacre >
08.02.2021 | TEAGLE IN THE NEWS

UNCW Receives $25,000 Teagle Foundation Grant

The University of North Carolina Wilmington received a $25,000 grant from The Teagle Foundation to fund a project that explores the meaning and fragility of democracy.
UNCW Receives $25,000 Teagle Foundation Grant >
07.01.2021 | STAFF WRITINGS

My civics students taught me how to honor an imperfect country on the Fourth of July

Teagle Program Director Tamara Mann Tweel recounts how transformative texts can shape students' understanding of their role in civic life.

My civics students taught me how to honor an imperfect country on the Fourth of July >
TEAGLE IN THE NEWS

All Politics is Local: Changemaking Happens Closer to Home Than You Realize

Elaina Pevide, participant in the Teagle-funded ENACT Program, on why local politics is a powerful avenue for change.
All Politics is Local: Changemaking Happens Closer to Home Than You Realize >