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For Virginians: Government Matters is a free online teaching and learning resource highlighting active citizen involvement, the impact of state and local government on daily life, and how individuals shape their communities in the Commonwealth.
For Virginians: Government Matters is a free website with four key features: a Teaching Source Database with introductions and essential questions to offer guidance on how to use those sources critically and tools for annotating and organizing the sources; Website Reviews that focus on valuable online resources for teaching and learning Virginia state and local government;
Teaching Activities focused on state and local government that provide context, teaching tools, and strategies for teaching primary sources drawn from the Teaching Source Database; and Teaching Case Studies by experienced scholars and teachers that model strategies for using primary sources to teach state and local government in the Commonwealth.

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Kelly Schrum


Katherine Gustin

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Chris Raymond


Ken Albers

Staff Members

Emily Perdue
Liz Moore
Kristin May
Chris Raymond


Melanie Biermann
Rob Campbell
Jessica Cromer
Jim Dillard
Shawn English
Steve Farnsworth
Jeff Geiger
Cliff Gold
Harry E. Gregori, Jr.
Charlie Grymes
Karen Head
Meg Heubeck
Bob Holsworth
Quentin Kidd
Joe LaRocco
Georgia Lesser
Linda Long
Rebecca Mills
Mark Rozell
Deborah Sprenger
Kenneth Stroupe
Kelly Walker
Tanya Wanchek
Karenne Wood
Beverly Thurston


Virginia Department of Education





“For Virginians: Government Matters,” RRCHNM20, accessed February 24, 2024, https://20.rrchnm.org/items/show/250.

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