Not every student in the US has equal opportunities for civic learning. Research studies have shown that many students from underrepresented populations are alienated from conventional knowledge-centered models of civic education. They often feel left behind and powerless as a result. To mitigate the opportunity gaps, the Students at the Center Framework, developed by Jobs for the Future in 2013, calls for a more student-centered approach. The framework promotes connecting students’ everyday experience to reflective thinking in the classroom, which will lead to the development of learning skills as well as democratic dispositions. Read more here.