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Information for teachers and parents using Kids Voting Mecklenburg programs and resources in 2011-12

Information for teachers and parents using Kids Voting Mecklenburg programs and resources in 2011-12

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    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Building Civic Literacy from an Early Age For more information visit www.kidsvoting.orgCivic learning covers a range of topics involving government, law, civicparticipation and leadership. Here are a few examples of civic literacyintegration at different grade levels. (NC Standard Course of Study for SocialStudies, Language Arts, Core Standards and Essential Standards.)ELEMENTARY SCHOOLKindergartenUnderstand the roles of good citizens; express an opinion and share it with othersFirst GradeKnow history and significance of national holidays, community services, why laws areneeded, different kinds of leaders; reading and writing information; communication skills;connecting ideas and eventsSecond GradeUnderstand the purpose of governments, and roles and responsibilities of citizens;government services, structures and leaders in a community; read and write information,express opinions clearly and persuasively; connect issues, events and ideasThird GradeLocal government, leaders, issues, economy and history, economic development;connections between local, state and federal government; civic engagement, debate andstudent voice; citizenship, elections and voting; read, analyze and write information,communicate a position in writing and conversationFourth GradeNorth Carolina government, laws, issues, economy, leaders and history; connectionsbetween local and state government; citizenship, democracy, rights and responsibilities;read, analyze and write information; analyze and connect historic events; read and processinformation from different sources; effectively participate in conversations; write opinionpieces that clearly state and reason a viewpointFifth GradeUnited States government, laws, issues, economy and leaders; connections between US andglobal governments and economies; democracy, citizenship, civic participation,communicating with officials, elections and voting; connect ideas, concepts and events intexts; read, analyze and write information; write reasoned opinion pieces; communicate aposition and listen to others in a conversation; evaluate speaker point of view, bias Kids Voting MecklenburgEducational programs and resources build civic literacy from an early age to help students in school (corecurriculum and graduation requirements) and develop young people as effective citizens and leaders. 704-343-6999 info@kidsvoting.org Web: www.kidsvoting.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte Twitter: www.twitter.com/kidsvotingclt Civic Literacy/Curriculum Standards – 1
    • MIDDLE SCHOOLSixth GradeRead, analyze and summarize historic documents and information; understand political,social and economic significance of historic events and issues; compare historic and currentevents; understand the development of governments, political systems and political thoughtin different places; compare the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in different placesSeventh GradeRead, analyze and summarize historic documents and information; connect and analyzeglobal interactions and political, social and economic issues, events and conflicts;understand the development of governments and political thought in different places;compare rights and responsibilities for citizenship in different places; compare governmentand political leader and powers in different placesEighth GradeRead, analyze and summarize historic documents and information; read and evaluateinformation for fact, opinion and judgment; analyze and connect history, decision-making,conflict, compromise and negotiation in North Carolina and United States government;connect political, economic and social issues, events and conflicts in the US and NC; actionsand impacts of leaders and citizens; North Carolina economics; local, state and nationalgovernment history, leaders, issues, politics and history; rights and responsibilities ofcitizens in North Carolina; civic participation and leadershipHIGH SCHOOLWorld HistoryRead, analyze and assess historic documents and information; connect historic and currentevents, issues, policies and leaders in different places; understand the development ofdemocracy and other forms of governmentCivics & EconomicsRead, analyze and understand public documents and information; read and evaluate forfact, opinion and judgment; Understand the founding principles of the United States;analyze and understand local, state and national government connections, structures,functions, rights and laws; connect policies and issues in local, state and nationalgovernments; understand the political process; understand the legal system, rights ofcitizens, laws and public policies; understand the roles and responsibilities of citizens, civicparticipation, civic engagement through debate, voice, voting; conflict and negotiation;economies, government budgets and taxes; civic leadershipUS HistoryRead, analyze and assess historic documents and information; read and evaluateinformation for source, bias and point-of-view; connect historic and current perspectivesand issues; analyze key political, economic and social events and issues during differentperiods of US history and connect to current events and issues; understand thedevelopment of the United States politically, socially and economically; understand how thethree branches of government impact different levels of government, events and issues;understand the roles of citizens and leaders Kids Voting MecklenburgEducational programs and resources build civic literacy from an early age to help students in school (corecurriculum and graduation requirements) and develop young people as effective citizens and leaders. 704-343-6999 info@kidsvoting.org Web: www.kidsvoting.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte Twitter: www.twitter.com/kidsvotingclt Civic Literacy/Curriculum Standards – 2