NCL History No history of American politics and government would be complete without a chapter on the National Civic League. A roster of past chairs of the league’s board of directors would read like a Who’s Who of civic leaders through the years. Originally known as the National Municipal League, the organization was founded during [...]
Defining Good Government in a New Millennium The eighth edition of the Model City Charter strongly endorses the council-manager structure of municipal government that was first proposed in 1915 as the National Civic League's (then the National Municipal League's) model form. In the years since, the Model has been refined to reflect the evolution [...]
Making Citizen Democracy Work The National Civic Review, the quarterly journal of the National Civic League, is one of the nation's oldest civic affairs journals. Founded in 1912, the Review features thoughtful essays on democratic governance and civic engagement. The journal is published for NCL by Jossey-Bass Publishing. There are two ways to receive NCR: [...]
National Civic League Press, Third Printing The handbook lays out the framework of the successful community planning processes used by the National Civic League and others across the country. These processes have been customized and effectively used in numerous places around the country to address a wide range of issues. This third printing includes a [...]
Measuring Your Community's Civic Health Successful communities understand that addressing challenges requires different skills than those employed by previous generations of problem solvers. For communities to reinvent themselves and move toward fundamental change, they must be willing to redefine what they mean by democracy, community, citizenship and leadership. The Civic Index is a valuable tool [...]
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(From the Campaign for Grade-Level-Reading website.) Baltimore became one of the first cities to start using chronic absence data to drive policy and practice, and it has demonstrated several innovative approaches to improving attendance. A mid-Atlantic city with high poverty rates in much of its urban core, Baltimore has a wealth of chronic absence data. [...]
The National Civic League sends a message of deep sympathy and admiration to the All-America City of Aurora, Colorado. You have demonstrated this past weekend, as you did in 2008 when you won the All-America City designation, that you are a strong and resilient community of problem solvers. – Gloria Rubio-Cortes, NCL President Aurora, an [...]