Monarchs on the Mind

Imagine being a guest instructor in front of an elementary school classroom full of energetic, enthusiastic, and often loud, young learners. Can you see the smiling faces on each wiggling student? Can you see the many hands in the air, ready to say hello and ask you questions (many that you never saw coming!)?

The Seventh Grade Spree

It has been an exciting month for Morven Park’s Center for Civic Impact. During the past few weeks, over 1,100 Loudoun County middle school students have participated in two of our programs, learning how to critically investigate issues, make collaborative decisions, and share their ideas with their peers and schools.

Decision

From Many to One

The room is loud. A group in one corner of the room calls out “Hear, hear!” indicating they have come to a consensus. At the next table, a young man changes the conversation to bring his concerns to the attention of those around him.  Throughout the room individuals are busy considering how best to balance…

habitat loss

The Good Citizenship Project at Trailside MS Part 2

Learning to Make a Difference by Combating Habitat Loss in Loudoun County   Over the last two months the Morven Park education team has been honored to work with a group of eighth grade students from Trailside Middle School to make an impact on our shared community through a service learning project. 

service learning

The Good Citizenship Project at Trailside MS Part 1

Learning to Make a Difference by Impacting Hunger in Loudoun County   Over the last two months the Morven Park education team has been honored to work with a group of eighth grade students from Trailside Middle School to create a real impact on our shared community through a service learning project. 

Advocacy Game program

The Advocacy Game- March 2016 Edition

This past March students from a local high school spent two days with us, digging in to some of the toughest, most contentious issues in American history a century ago.  They participated in what is quickly becoming one of our most popular programs – The Advocacy Game!  You can read more about the program in…

The Art of Active Citizenship

Introducing Voice Through Vision, the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact’s newest middle school offering! There are many ways to advocate for change within our communities.  Voice Through Vision examines the role art has played in the shaping of American history and encourages students to understand how visual imagery can be a powerful tool for sharing social…

Advocacy Game

Standing Up for a Cause: The Advocacy Game at Morven Park

What happens when you give 11th graders blank poster board, markers, streamers, and a pile of primary resources? Amazing grassroots advocacy campaigns! Last week a group of high school students participated in the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact’s “Advocacy Game” program.  The students were split into two teams and assigned one of two controversial…

Presidential Primaries

Understanding the Presidential Primaries: FAQs

The presidential primary elections are a crucial stage in determining who will become our next president. It’s important to cast your vote in these elections, but sometimes they can be so complicated that it feels like you need to be an expert in political science to fully understand the process.