September 20th, 2021
The kids in the opening of our last episode, “I Want My FYI,” were in need of civics all the back in 1990. Today, Civics is absent from the national curriculum, now when we need it so much, Lauren sits down with Carrie Ray-Hill, Senior Director of Digital Learning at iCivics, “founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in 2009 to ensure that all Americans have the knowledge and will to participate in our unique experiment in self-government,’ A non-profit civic non-partisan, free to more than “7.6 million students annually, in all 50 states” in Middle School and High School.” Lauren talks with Carrie about iCivics' use of Video Games to help kids (and us!) learn how our country works. And yes, we also talk about Murphy Brown!
Carrie oversees the conceptualization and development of iCivics’ educational resources, with a particular concern for teacher usability. She is responsible for maintaining a consistent focus on iCivics’ educational mission. Prior to joining the iCivics team, Carrie taught middle and high school social studies and language arts in St. Louis and Washington, DC. She received her B.S. in Historical Studies and secondary teaching certification from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. In addition to seeking out the finest of cheeses, Carrie spends her spare time watching British panel shows, making cookies for the office, and killing zombies.