We help Americans understand and explain the value of our system of government and how, together, we can protect and improve the foundations of trust in our republic.

We provide materials for civic education, ages 18 and up.

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Relevant, Non-Partisan,
Practical Knowledge

Expert Reviewers

We strive to ensure each of our courses is of the highest quality. Each course has been reviewed by at least one if not several experts in civic education, U.S. history, constitutional law, political science, or other applicable fields.

Jay Barth
M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Distinguished Professor of Politics, Emeritus;
Hendrix College

Cheryl Cook-Kallio
State Coordinator for California We the People and Project Citizen

Matthew Crenson
Professor Emeritus and Academy Professor,
John Hopkins University

Jennifer Dresden
Associate Director, Democracy and Governance Program
Georgetown University

Benjamin Ginsberg,
David Bernstein Professor of Political Science,
Johns Hopkins University

John Kincaid
President of the Center for the Study of Federalism,
Director of the Meyner Center of State and Local Government,
Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public Service,
Lafayette College

Mark J. Molli
Associate Director (Retired)
Center for Civic Education

Kenneth Newton
Professor of Comparative Politics, Emeritus
University of Southampton

Mark J. Rozell
Dean and Ruth D. and John T. Hazel Chair in Public Policy,
Schar School of Policy and Government,
George Mason University

Sonja Zmerli
Professor of Political Science
Sciences Po Grenoble

Our Team

We are drawn from conservative, progressive and independent thinkers. Our ages range from low 20s through the 80s.  Most of our board members have deep experience in teaching or promoting democracy around the world, and some have been actively involved in politics at the local, state, and national levels.


Ballotpedia is “The Encyclopedia of American Politics.” They cover political candidates and incumbents, ballot measures, election results, and redistricting—at the federal, state, local, and territorial levels. They also provide the basics of how the American governmental system works, broad policy issues, and related concepts, terms, and their definitions. This is where we work together. See the Ballotpedia option on the Learning Center menu above.


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Blog & Short Articles

Memorial Day

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Showing respect for those who fought, even when they fought and killed those on your side is hard – and necessary. When a women’s memorial association in Columbus, Mississippi, decorated the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers on April 25, 1866, this act of generosity and reconciliation prompted an editorial piece, published by Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune, and

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New! Do You Like Learning By Email?

We help American adults understand and explain the value of our system of government and how, together, we can protect and improve the foundations of trust in our republic. To do that, we provide materials for civic education. Experts on the right and the left have reviewed all our materials. How Does Learning by Email Work? Here is what is

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What Weird New Case Involved the Separation of Powers?

Sometimes, lawsuits include surprising lessons about how our government is meant to work. The State of New Mexico v. Alexander Rae Baldwin (2023) certainly does. The case has yet to be decided and CFFAD has no opinion on what the fact are, nor what the ruling should be. That said, CFFAD was amazed to learn that the special prosecutor was

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