Our programs for high school civics, journalism, speech and debate classes can be taught safely – online or onsite – and offer flexible options and time frames that you can choose to best meet your goals and schedule. The four-part curriculum is designed to complement what students learn from their textbooks and other reliable sources about the workings of our nation’s representative democracy. Participating students can role play within the three branches of government, conduct in-class or virtual debates and speeches, and pose as members of the press.
Licensed educators and students have one-year online access to four student-centered, project-based lesson plans for our three Forums – Chief Justice, Capitol Hill and Head of State – and the FFD National Polling Project. Each curriculum manual includes guidelines outlining roles and responsibilities, timelines, homework assignments, grading rubrics and the FFD Code of Ethics for civil discourse.
We encourage students to use the U.S. Constitution as a moral compass to guide them toward policies that help create a just and equitable society. We do not ask participants to identify with a political party.
To further enrich each lesson, students engage in service-learning by participating in the FFD National Polling Project. Beginning in 2022, FFD will deliver the mandate of the FFD Community to the corridors of power in Washington, DC.