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Project citizen intro power point

  1. 1. We the People: Project Citizen A program of the Center for Civic Education in cooperation with the National Conference of State Legislatures supported by the United States Department of Education
  2. 2. What is Project Citizen ? <ul><li>Education for democratic citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching students to monitor and influence public policy </li></ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary curriculum for students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focuses on state and local government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applies learning to real world issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses cooperative learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serves as a model performance assessment </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is public policy? <ul><li>Agreed upon ways for government to fulfill its responsibilities to protect the rights of individuals and promote the general welfare by solving problems </li></ul><ul><li>Public policies are stated in laws, rules, regulations, decisions and practices created by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Executive, legislative, and judicial branches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government bureaucracies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulatory agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other public decision-making bodies </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Educational outcomes <ul><li>Knowledge and understandings </li></ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intellectual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participatory </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Civic virtues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dispositions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitments </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Sequence of steps in Project Citizen <ul><li>As a class project, students work together to identify and study a public policy problem, propose a solution, and eventually develop an action plan for implementing their policy. </li></ul><ul><li>Student work is displayed in a portfolio and documentation binder. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Portfolio and documentation binder
  7. 7. Portfolio and documentation binder <ul><li>Explanation of the problem </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of alternative policies </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation of proposed policy </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation of an action plan </li></ul>
  8. 8. Step 1: Identifying public policy problems in communities <ul><li>Students identify public policy problems in their communities by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>discussing them with each other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>interviewing family members and other adults </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reading newspapers and other print sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>listening to news reports on radio and TV </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Step II: Selecting a problem for class study <ul><li>Students present and discuss the problems they have identified and then select one problem for their class project. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Step III: Gathering information on the problem <ul><li>Students gather information on the chosen public policy problem from a variety of sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews and surveys; printed sources; radio and television; libraries; internet; scholars and professors; lawyers and judges; community organizations and interest groups; legislative offices; administrative offices </li></ul>
  11. 11. Step IV: Developing a class portfolio <ul><li>Group 1 develops </li></ul><ul><li>an explanation of </li></ul><ul><li>the problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Group 2 evaluates </li></ul><ul><li>alternatives policies. </li></ul><ul><li>Group 3 develops a </li></ul><ul><li>proposed policy consistent with constitutional principles. </li></ul><ul><li>Group 4 develops an action. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Step V: Presentation <ul><li>Public hearing before a panel of “evaluators” from the community </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations by each of the four groups </li></ul><ul><li> *Opening oral </li></ul><ul><li>presentations </li></ul><ul><li>(4 minutes) </li></ul><ul><li>*Responses to </li></ul><ul><li>questions </li></ul><ul><li>(6 minutes) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Step VI: Reflecting on the learning experience <ul><li>Exercising the rights of citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Fulfilling the responsibilities of citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Learning the responsibilities of public officials </li></ul><ul><li>Learning the purposes of democratic government </li></ul><ul><li>Learning the organization and procedures of government </li></ul><ul><li>Learning the role of civil society </li></ul><ul><li>Experiencing underlying values and principles </li></ul><ul><li>Developing skills </li></ul><ul><li>Fostering traits of character </li></ul>

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