CA Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools


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CCSS Session
The California Campaign to Keep Civics Alive
Saturday, March 3 Session
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

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CA Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

  1. 1. The California Campaign to Keep Civics Alive CCSS Conference Garden Grove, CA March 3, 2012
  2. 2. Session Goals/Objectives 1) Provide an overview of the Campaign 2) Discuss the importance of civic education in our schools 3) Any new research? 4) Prioritize policy recommendations of the
  3. 3. History of the Campaign & Who’s involved? Civic Mission of Schools Report 2003 National movement Specific states began their own campaign – in CA we created – Educating for Democracy, The CA Campaign for the Civic Mission of
  4. 4. History of the Campaign & Who’s involved? County Offices of Education Civic Education Organizations Teachers, Department Chairs, Principals Parents &
  5. 5. Why is civic education important? Students who participate in civic learning opportunities are more likely to: • persist in college and complete their degrees; • obtain skills prized by employers; and • develop habits of social responsibility and civic participation. A Crucible Moment – College Learning & Democracy’s Future The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic
  6. 6. Why is civic education important? On a 2007 international ranking of 172 democracies, the United States ranked 139th in voter participation. Civic Disengagement in Our Democracy McCormick Tribune Conference Series,
  7. 7. Why is civic education important? Civic Achievement Gap - as early as fourth grade and continuing into the eighth and twelfth grades, poor, African-American, and Hispanic students perform significantly worse on the civics test of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) than white, Asian, and middle-class students. Harvard Researcher Meira
  8. 8. Why is civic education important? Recent data shows persistent and serious gaps between Americans adults and youth of various backgrounds in participatory activities that require civic skills. CIRCLE Fact Sheet - Civic Skills and Federal Policy May
  9. 9. Guardian of Democracy The Civic Mission of Schools Report 2011 Update of the 2003 Report Highlight of this report: Promising Approaches are now Proven
  10. 10. CMS Proven Practices 1. Provide instruction in Government, History, Law and Democracy. 2. Incorporate discussion of current local, national and international issues and events into the classroom. 3. Design and implement service-learning programs. 4. Offer extracurricular activities that provide opportunities for young people to get involved in their schools or communities. 5. Encourage student participation in school governance. 6. Encourage students’ participation in simulations of democratic processes and
  11. 11. In pairs or small groups please discuss: 1. In your school/organization which proven practice(s) is strong? 2. In your school/organization which practice(s) needs work?
  12. 12. A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future Civic Learning and Engagement in Democracy: A Road Map and Call to Action Strengthening the Civic Mission of Charter Schools mission-of-charter-schools_171609180133.pdf Preparing Students for College, Career and CITIZENSHIP
  13. 13. Recommendations for California State Policy in Civic Education 1. Professional development in civic education 2. A systematic review of state curricula. 3. Revision of the CA History-SS standards that includes a clear set of goals and objectives for civic education. 4. Civic education requirement for all preservice teachers. 5. Certification in civic education. 6. Resource allocation that will ensure a high-quality civic- education. 7. The California State Testing and Assessment system should include standalone assessments in civic education at a minimum of three grade
  14. 14. Civic Education Recommendations Feedback In pairs or small groups: •Discuss the policy recommendations •Rank the recommendations or choose your top three •Share additional recommendations or suggest changes to the ones listed •Report
  15. 15. Please join the Campaign in its efforts to ensure that all young people in California receive high quality civic
  16. 16. THANK YOU! For more information contact Katie Moore or
  17. 17.