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CMS Secondary Inservice Handout

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  • 1. Civic Learning in Charlotte For more information visit www.kidsvoting.org and watch for e-news updatesProviding the opportunity for K-12 civic education in CharlotteKids Voting Mecklenburg connects classroom education with community civic learningopportunities help students in school (supporting K-12 goals in history, civics and languagearts), build civic literacy and develop young people as effective citizens and leaders.Civics in Action: Programs and ResourcesKids Voting Mecklenburg programs and resources effectively combine classroom educationand community learning opportunities to maximize comprehension and impact. It’s thebest way for students to develop civic literacy and build leadership skills.Classroom Resources Aligned to NC Standard Course of Study Themes center on government, citizenship, leadership Civic Education partners o Kids Voting o iCivics o Civic Action Project o Newspapers in Education o Civic Education Consortium o Others Guides aligning civic education resources to local government resources, leaders, issues Local curriculum and resources about local/state/national government, leaders, civic participation, current events, etc. Teacher supportCivic Learning Opportunities Youth Civics/Local Government Youth Voice/Civic Leadership Civic Learning Center – resources for civic learning opportunities through the year Kids Voting Election Ways to connect to local government, leaders and opportunities for civic participation Special events: Constitution Day, Election Day, MLK Day, President’s Day, State of the Union, Black History Month, local government budgeting, 2012 Elections and Conventions, debates and moreContactAmy Farrell, Executive DirectorKids Voting MecklenburgEmail: amy@kidsvoting.org Phone: 704-343-6999Web: www.kidsvoting.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte Kids Voting Mecklenburg 704-343-6999 info@kidsvoting.org Web: www.kidsvoting.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte Twitter: www.twitter.com/kidsvotingclt Overview – 1
  • 2. Education Impact For more information visit www.kidsvoting.orgKids Voting Mecklenburg educates K-12 students about government,leadership and citizenship through a combination of classroom education andcommunity learning opportunities. Programs and resources help students inschool (civics, history, reading, writing and more), build civic literacy anddevelop young people as effective citizens and leaders. Targets learning opportunities for high school students, especially 10th grade civics through local and state government Introduces civic concepts in grades K-8 through connections to reading, writing, math and social studies o Helps reading comprehension of information and nonfiction, communication skills, writing opinions and more o Links civic learning to grade-level focus – study of community, state, nation and global studies to enable students to connect real-world experiences with historic and global topics Addresses the civic learning achievement gap Develops 21st century learning skills, leadership and citizenship Makes local government and civic learning relevant, accessible and meaningful Links classroom learning with community experience to boost comprehension Increases standards-based resources available to 5,000 teachers Increases learning opportunities available to 140,000 studentsStandards-based K-8 social studies and language arts Civics and Economics, US History, World HistoryCivic literacy: multidisciplinary, 21st century learning Connects to all core subjects Connecting personal knowledge and Persuasion, argument local issues with national, global or historic events Gathering and evaluating information Analyzing data Critical thinking Solving problems Making decisions Communication, collaboration, Comparing and contrasting technology skills information, drawing inferences and making conclusions Kids Voting Mecklenburg 704-343-6999 info@kidsvoting.org Web: www.kidsvoting.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte Twitter: www.twitter.com/kidsvotingclt Education Impact – 1
  • 3. Classroom Resources Overview For more information visit www.kidsvoting.orgKids Voting Mecklenburg educates K-12 students about government, leadershipand citizenship through a combination of classroom education and communitylearning opportunities. Programs and resources help students in school (civics,history, reading, writing and more), build civic literacy and develop young people aseffective citizens and leaders.Classroom resources Standards-based resources integrating the study of government, citizenship and leadership into different contexts Useful tools that connect real-life experiences and current events with classroom education to increase student interest and comprehension Easy to use, flexible and adaptable, plug into existing lesson plans, fit time requirements and curriculum goals Organized in one place – you don’t have to search the web for content Relevant, usable throughout the yearIncludes Resources and tools at www.kidsvoting.org: Classroom Resource Library, Civic Learning Center, civic education resource links, government info, videos, games, etc. Curriculum from civic education partners o Kids Voting USA o iCivics o Civic Education Consortium o Newspaper in Education o Civic Action Project o Others• Guides aligning civics resources to local government resources, leaders, issues Local and state government resources, editable presentations, easy-to-understand information about policies, issues and decisions Education guides for civic learning opportunities including Constitution Day, Election Day, MLK Day, President’s Day, State of the Union, Black History Month, local government budgeting, 2012 Elections and Conventions, Debates and more Civic learning opportunities connecting students with local government Parent and teacher information about government and civic issues How to access • E-newsletter and learning opportunity updates: sign up for list amy@kidsvoting.org • Available on website: www.kidsvoting.org • The Classroom Resource Library is in the Civic Education Section • The Civic Learning Center is accessible on the homepage and education section • Some PDF files are password-protected: civicliteracy Kids Voting Mecklenburg 704-343-6999 info@kidsvoting.org Web: www.kidsvoting.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte Twitter: www.twitter.com/kidsvotingclt Classroom Resources – 1
  • 4. More information about Classroom ResourcesStandards-based, easy-to-use lessons and resources from civic education partners Kids Voting, Civic Ed Consortium, Civic Action Project, iCivics, Newspapers in Ed, others Locally-developed tools and resources linked to Charlotte-MecklenburgCivic Learning Center Accessible through www.kidsvoting.org Highlights educational resources and learning opportunities (teachers, parents, students) Quickly share info, digital content, highlight current events and learning opportunitiesClassroom Resource Library 250+ lessons for elementary, middle and high school Guides aligning civic learning to NC Standard Course of Study K-8 Social Studies and Language Arts High School World History, Civics & Economics and US History Local government links, map, posters, editable presentations and other resources Educator’s guides, ESL lessons, curriculum summaries and moreClassroom Resources and Learning Opportunities positively impact studentsElementary Introduce students to civics concepts through reading, writing, math and social studies Themes about civics, community, government, leadership, history Aligned to NCSCOS Increases learning opportunities tied to social studies, reading and writingMiddle Continue civic learning process Use local, state and national government and civics to compare, contrast and illustrate Global Studies in 6th and 7th grades and North Carolina study in 8th grade History of democracy, citizenship, leadership, government at different levels Strong linkages to language arts goals, especially reading information and public documents, critical thinking, evaluating information and writingHigh 9th grade – World History foundations of democracy, comparative politics, civics 10th grade – Multiple Civics & Economics goals and objectives, especially state and local government, leadership, civic participation and responsibility, politics, law 11th grade – Foundations of US democracy, history of suffrage, politics, more Civic engagement and leadership opportunities, service-learning, more Kids Voting Mecklenburg 704-343-6999 info@kidsvoting.org Web: www.kidsvoting.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte Twitter: www.twitter.com/kidsvotingclt Classroom Resources – 2
  • 5. Civics in Action: Learning Opportunities For more information visit www.kidsvoting.org and watch for e-news updatesImpact Combines classroom learning with real content and/or experiences The best way to build knowledge, skill and comprehension Learning opportunities narrow gaps among at-risk studentsElections and Voting: Kids Voting ElectionOctober and November Student mock election on local, state and national races; service-learning in polls Voting available online, in polling places and at school Additional opportunities for student council elections (remainder of year)Government, Citizenship, Leadership: Civic Learning OpportunitiesAll year Discussion questions, resources and education guides for current and special events Constitution Day, Election Day, MLK Day, President’s Day, State of the Union, Black History Month, local government budgeting, 2012 Elections, Conventions, Debates, more Opportunities to visit, learn about and interact with government and leadersLocal Government and Law: Youth CivicsProgram November-December/ February-April; Resources through year Students learn about local government and visit government meetings, courts, media Different opportunities o 6-week evening program (high school students only) o Instruction for students visiting government meetings for extra credit o Government presentations and resources for the classroom or home study o Being developed: videos and other online resources; students watch meetings on TV or online, participate in polls, text response and other ways to engageYouth Voice and Civic LeadershipSeptember-May Youth civic leadership council of high school students who identify and address school/community issues and advise local government leaders Civic leadership mentoring All high school students invited to participate Being developed: opportunities to participate at school and via web Being developed: video resources and curriculum for all grades Kids Voting Mecklenburg 704-343-6999 info@kidsvoting.org Web: www.kidsvoting.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte Twitter: www.twitter.com/kidsvotingclt Learning Opportunities – 1
  • 6. Kids Voting Mecklenburg For more information visit www.kidsvoting.org and watch for e-news updatesWhy does it matter?Many K-12 students don’t know how our governments and communities work. Why?Education trends, budget cuts and learning opportunity gaps. Without civic literacy, theycan’t succeed in school and graduate, or become effective citizens and leaders. Who’simpacted? Everyone.Students – our future citizens, employees and leaders - know less about civics and historythan other core subjects such as English, math and science. More than a third ofeconomically-disadvantaged, Hispanic and black students do not succeed in these classes,required for graduation, compared to less than 10% of white students. Across alldemographics, students score lowest on questions about local and state government. Thatknowledge is critical for our children, community and workforce.Providing the opportunity for K-12 civic education in CharlotteThe organization connects classroom education with community civic learning opportunitiesto help students in school (supporting K-12 goals in history, civics and language arts), buildcivic literacy and develop young people as effective citizens and leaders.Launched in 1992 by former Charlotte Observer publisher Rolfe Neill with other civicleaders, Kids Voting Mecklenburg was initially an annual mock voting event. As theorganization heads into its 20th year in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools andothers in the community, Kids Voting Mecklenburg is now an organization with a widerimpact on K-12 civic education and youth civic leadership.Civics in Action: Programs and ResourcesKids Voting Mecklenburg programs and resources effectively combine classroom educationand community learning opportunities to maximize comprehension and impact. It’s thebest way for students to develop civic literacy and build leadership skills. YouthCivics – Teens learn about local government, leadership, budgets, economics, careers and more through evening courses. The program is aligned to 10th grade Civics and Economics, a graduation requirement, and includes presentations by public officials, discussion of key issues and visits to government buildings and meetings. Additional resources are available for multiple age groups. Youth Leadership and Voice – Leadership alliance of high school students who meet regularly in government settings to discuss local issues and policies, engage with officials and build civic leadership, interests, skills and confidence. Students connect with leaders including Peter Gorman, Anthony Foxx, Jennifer Roberts, Eric Davis and others. Kids Voting Election Experience – The traditional “Kids Voting” program engages tens of thousands of K-12 students in the democratic process. The program educates students about offices, candidates, elections and voting through mock votes in local, Kids Voting Mecklenburg | www.kidsvoting.org | 704-343-6999 | info@kidsvoting.org
  • 7. state and national elections and service-learning in polling places. Over 45,000 students participated in 2010, and 75,000 in 2008. K-12 Educational Resources - Free and easy-to-use activities and resources available to 5,000+ Charlotte-area teachers. Age-appropriate resources cover topics including leadership, government, citizenship, law, critical thinking and decision making; Civic Learning Center and Classroom Resource Library; and, guides aligning civic learning to district and state goals in language arts and social studies. Civic education partners include Kids Voting, Civic Education Consortium, Civic Action Project, iCivics and NIE. Teacher support – Leadership and professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers. Highlights best practices, fosters school leadership and collaboration, provides continuing education credits, and connects teachers to the community. The program is aligned with district and state objectives, including teacher performance criteria.Give all students the advantage of civic educationWe’re educating students and building leaders – and there’s still work to be done. Yourfinancial and volunteer resources provide current programs, build capacity and fuel growthto meet the needs of schools, students and the community. 2011-2012 is the ideal time toengage students in civic learning. Please help us to: Boost civic education from an early age – connect K-12 classroom education with community learning opportunities and experiences Narrow learning gaps - increase educational opportunities and resources to help students learn and connect civics to reading, writing, math, history and science Increase teen civic learning and leadership opportunities – develop young citizens and leaders while helping them succeed in courses required for graduation Increase civic literacy – help students (and their parents and teachers) to understand the roles and impacts of government, leaders and citizens Strengthen young civic leaders and the community – give young people training, mentors and opportunities to get involved in community issues, policies and decisionsHow you can help Connect your school or organization Volunteer to help us educate students and build young civic leaders, or serve on a committee or the Board of Directors Invest critical financial or in-kind resources to build Kids Voting Mecklenburg’s capacity and fuel growth to serve the needs of today’s students and schoolsKids Voting MecklenburgJulian Wright, ChairAmy Farrell, Executive DirectorPhone: 704-343-6999 Email: info@kidsvoting.org Web: www.kidsvoting.orgFacebook: www.facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte and www.facebook.com/youthvoiceMailing address: 700 East Stonewall Street - Suite 710, Charlotte NC 28202 Kids Voting Mecklenburg | www.kidsvoting.org | 704-343-6999 | info@kidsvoting.org