Civics Education in the States

Civics Education in the States
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Sponsored by the CSG Federalism Task Force

Civics education stands at the core of what it takes to equip citizens with the knowledge and willingness to become community, state, national and international leaders. Without such civic fundamentals, the youth of today may not vote or run for public office tomorrow, and the future participation of citizens in America’s grand democratic experiment is called into question. As part of CSG’s ongoing work to explore the challenges of federalism, this session featured experts and policymakers to discuss how states are teaching future generations about the role of state and federal governments and civic engagement.   


Carl Stenberg, James E. Holshouser Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Government

  Download the presentation "States Under the Spotlight" in PDF (without audio) as a Video (with audio) 

Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State and Local Legal Center

Roger BeckettExecutive Director,Ashbrook Center at Ashland University


Speaker Biographies:

Carl Stenberg

Prior to joining The University of Carolina’s School of Government, Stenberg was dean of the Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts at the University of Baltimore. He also served as director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. Stenberg’s practitioner experience includes his tenure as executive director of The Council of State Governments and assistant director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and master’s and doctoral degrees from the State University of New York at Albany.

Lisa Soronen

In her role at the State and Local Legal Center, Soronen files amicus curiae briefs to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of members of the Big Seven--International City/County Management Association, National Association of Counties, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association,  National League of Cities, , The Council of State Governments and the United States Conference of Mayors--in cases affecting state and local government. Prior to joining the SLLC, Soronen worked for the National School Boards Association, the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and clerked for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. She earned a J.D. at the University of Wisconsin Law School and is a graduate of Central Michigan University. 

Roger Beckett

Since joining the Ashbrook staff in 1997, Beckett has held numerous roles. He has been pivotal in expanding Ashbrook into a national leader in offering history and civic education programs for students and teachers. Beckett led the effort to create Ashbrook’s Master of Arts program in American history and government--available through online coursework and through courses offered at Ashland University--as well as a variety of other programs for middle and high school history teachers to strengthen their understanding of American history and America’s founding principles. Beckett is a graduate of Ashland University and the Ashbrook Scholar program. He also received a Master of Arts in social studies education from The Ohio State University. He is the recipient of the James Madison Award from the Ashbrook Scholar program and a Mentor Award from Ashland University.

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