Shogan Discusses Civics As Unifying Force With Secretary of Education Cardona
Press Release · Monday, March 11, 2024

Washington, DC

In celebration of National Civic Learning Week, Archivist of the United States Dr. Colleen Shogan and U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel A. Cardona will discuss civics education and its importance for American democracy during a “fireside chat” at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

“Civics education plays a vital role in our ability to function as a healthy democracy,” Shogan said. “Prioritizing such education across the country has the power to create better-informed and more empowered citizens. I’m excited to discuss the value of both civics and history, and how they can be used to bring us together as Americans, with one of the top education leaders in the nation.”

The discussion, which will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater, is free to the public virtually. The program is sponsored by iCivics and the National Archives Foundation. 

The conversation is part of Civic Learning Week, an annual nonpartisan event from March 11 to 15 that brings together students, educators, policymakers, and leaders in the public and private sectors to highlight and further energize the movement for civic education in states and communities across the nation. This year’s theme is “2024 and Beyond: Civic Learning as a Unifying Force.”

A full list of local and national events that will take place during Civic Learning Week is available at

For more information and to register for any of the events, please visit

About the National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration is the nation's record keeper. It safeguards and manages the official records of the U.S. Government, ensuring the documentation of our nation's history. For more information, visit

About the National Archives Foundation

The National Archives Foundation is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country's heritage, and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy. Learn more at

About iCivics

iCivics is the nation’s premier civic education nonprofit, working to ensure that the practice of constitutional democracy is learned by each new generation. iCivics works to support high-quality civic education in the classroom through instructional materials, professional development, and bipartisan policy work that makes high-quality civic education a nationwide priority. Founded in 2009 by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics is currently used by up to 145,000 educators and 9 million students annually. All of its resources are free, nonpartisan, and available online at


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