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COVID Safe Zones | USA Today

August 5, 2021 — Dr. Mark McClellan (Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy), Andy Slavitt (former White House senior advisor), and John Bridgeland (Civic and the COVID Collaborative) call upon the help of American Business to create COVID Safe Zones—measures that minimize the risks of COVID-19. These steps include maximizing vaccinations, requiring proof of vaccination, regular testing, incentivizing vaccinations, and mask use in accordance with CDC guidelines. Read more: 

Schools Must Connect Learning to Real-World Experience | EdSurge 

July 26, 2021 — Civic's Matt Atwell and CASEL's Justina Schlund write that service-learning and social and emotional learning will help re-engage students after the COVID-19 pandemic. The op-ed shares five action steps for district leaders to close the SEL and SL implementation gaps. Read here:

A fresh start: let's heal America's divisions | The Hill Op-Ed

July 19, 2021 — John Bridgeland and Tim Shriver urge us to heal America's divisions before her 250th birthday. During the pandemic, "it became clear we can’t address each of these crises in isolation. They must be tackled at once," they write. Read the full op-ed here: 

Big Citizenship | The Bush Center

July 8, 2021 — John Bridgeland explains how "Big Citizenship Can Move A Nation Toward Good" in a recent interview with the Bush Center. Read here:

Partnership for American Democracy Launch

July 1, 2021 — Today, Civic helped launch the Partnership for American Democracy, a collective impact initiative bringing greater attention and resources to the renewal of American democracy. Featured speakers included Doris K. Goodwin, Condoleezza Rice, Tim Shriver, and John Bridgeland. Watch the event here:

NEW Research Briefs: Boosting Postsecondary Attainment

June 16, 2021 — New research briefs by Civic, supported by Lumina Foundation, explore the added challenges and barriers immigrant, English Learner, and American Indian and Alaska Native students experience in education. These populations typically face higher levels of student need, as they are more often low-income and are more likely to have multiple adverse childhood experiences. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized existing barriers, such as the digital divide and language skills.

American Graduate Initiative | The Business Journal

June 3, 2021 — "A multiyear initiative from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The WNET Group aims to help students explore and prepare for high-demand careers, including the 30 million open middle-skill jobs that require a one-year occupational certificate or two-year associate degree." Read more

Parents are key to ending the pandemic | The Hill

May 19, 2021 — Steven Phillips, John Bridgeland, and Michael Casserly write that "To reach herd immunity and return to full societal activity and productivity, we will need America’s parents to allow the vaccination of their children." Read the op-ed:

Where Does Social-Emotional Learning Go Next? | Ed Week

May 11, 2021 — John M. Bridgeland & Francie Richard write that "we have the opportunity to revisit the purpose of the educational enterprise and ensure schools, families, and communities are working together to define student success through a holistic lens." The new Civic & Allstate report, Ready to Engage, explores parents and teacher perspectives on social and emotional learning and service-learning. Read the op-ed:

The Legacy Project with Jim Copple

April 28, 2021 — Listen to the latest episode of The Legacy Project with Jim Copple. John Bridgeland and Jim Copple discuss legacy, the one we inherit and the one we can create.

How to Sell the Coronavirus Vaccines to a Divided, Uneasy America | The Washington Post Magazine

April 26, 2021 — Read The Washington Post Magazine's article about the COVID Collaborative partnership with the Ad Council on their "It's Up to You" campaign. It's an inside look into one of the biggest, most difficult public service campaigns in U.S. history — and the decisions that led to a surprising strategy. "We’ve got to get back to a sense of ‘we’...Our campaign [with the Ad Council] is reaching a population that’s more difficult for the government campaign to reach," says John Bridgeland, Co-Founder of the COVID Collaborative.  

Fireside Chat with CDC Director, Dr. Walensky | COVID Collaborative

April 23, 2021 — Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the Director of the Centers of Disease Control, joined the COVID Collaborative for a fireside chat, moderated by former Governor Dirk Kempthorne (R-ID) and Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA) on how we can safely and sustainably reopen schools and the economy. This event was co-hosted by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Council of the Great City Schools, Chiefs for Change, and the American College Health Association. Watch here.

Nation Faces ‘Hand-to-Hand Combat’ to Get Reluctant Americans Vaccinated | The New York Times

April 21, 2021 — Half of American adults have received at least one shot of the coronavirus vaccine. Now comes the hard part: persuading the other half to get it. “People have very legitimate concerns,” John Bridgeland said, “and they need good answers from trusted people.” Read the full article

NEW REPORT! Ready to Engage

April 13, 2021 — A new report from Civic in partnership with Hart Research Associates and made possible by The Allstate Foundation validates educators and parents countrywide who view social and emotional learning and service-learning as solutions to the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and divisions throughout the nation. Read the full Ready to Engage report and view the press release to learn more.