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Creating an Expectation of Service Hearing: Civic Education and Service in Schools


The Commission will host fourteen public hearings on policy options it is considering for its final report. Through each hearing, Commissioners will gain insights from panelists as they develop recommendations for their final report to Congress, the President, and the American people in March 2020.

On June 20, 2019, the Commission will host Creating an Expectation of Service Hearing: Civic Education and Service in Schools. This hearing will explore creating a culture of service through expanding and enhancing civic education across the country and including service in school curriculum. 

To attend in-person, please RSVP here. The hearing will also be livestreamed.

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center, Multipurpose Conference Room, 4079 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538


  • Opening remarks
  • Testimony from Panelists
  • Panelist Questioning by Commissioners
  • Public Comments
  • Closing Remarks

Staff Memo

The Commission and Commission staff request feedback from the public on the ideas presented in the staff memorandum STAFF MEMORANDUM: CIVIC EDUCATION. You can read it here and share your feedback here.


  • Mr. Derek Black, Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law | Testimony
  • Ms. Annie Hsiao, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Discretionary Grants and Support Services in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education | Testimony
  • Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director of The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), Tufts University  | Testimony
  • Ms. Ananya Singh, Youth Advisory Council Mentor, National Youth Leadership Council  | Testimony
  • Mr. Alhassan Susso, 2019 New York State Teacher of the Year, International Community High School  | Testimon

Statements submitted to the Commission regarding this hearing:

Public Comments

The public is invited to provide comment at each hearing following the conclusion of testimony. In order to accommodate as many public comments as possible, individuals will have two minutes to relate their comment to the Commission. If you are interested in providing a public comment during the hearing, please arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. to receive a ticket. The Commission will select tickets at random. If your ticket is drawn, you may provide your comment to the Commissioners during the public comment period. If you’re unable to attend the public hearing or have to leave early, you can submit your comment