Project Citizen in Action
Civic education program Promotes competent and responsible participation in state and local government Engages students in...
Identify a public policy problem & evaluate alternative solutions Propose a solution Develop an action plan for implementi...
alternative policies the problem documentation section our class policy our action plan H ere’s what a class creates to “s...
<ul><li>Students identify </li></ul><ul><li>public policy problems  </li></ul><ul><li>in their community by… </li></ul><ul...
<ul><li>Selecting a  problem for  class study </li></ul>Problems in  our community 1. Drugs   3. Pollution 2. Violence   4...
<ul><li>Students gather information </li></ul><ul><li>on the chosen public policy </li></ul><ul><li>problem from a variety...
<ul><li>Developing a class portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Group 1 develops an explanation of the problem </li></ul><ul><li>Gr...
<ul><li>Presenting the portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Public hearing before a  </li></ul><ul><li>panel of “judges” from </li>...
 
Start: 56:26
  What  DISPOSITIONS  did they exhibit?  (What attitudes and beliefs did they demonstrate?) What  KNOWLDEGE  did they need...
<ul><li>The need for government  </li></ul><ul><li>The purposes of government  </li></ul><ul><li>Constitutional principles...
Text books emphasize this
Debrief Project Citizen text pages vi-3 Comments? Concerns so far?
What bugs me... <ul><li>1. Imagine things that bug or annoy you in your </li></ul><ul><ul><li>personal life </li></ul></ul...
Identifying Public Policy Problems in Your Community Project Citizen text: Step 1, pages 10-16
Who should be responsible for solving our community problems? Discuss with a partner.
Spheres of Society individuals families private business philanthropists service organizations private clubs churches unio...
Distinguishing among spheres of society: Which part of society is involved? <ul><li>A local school board changes graduatio...
Who should fix the problem? For each problem, decide who should take care of it.  Private sphere? Civil society? Governmen...
Who solves problems?
 
So, what is “public policy?” Defined Public policy is the combination of basic decisions, commitments, and actions made by...
In democracies, a public policy is a concept or set of ideas that guides a course of action or a procedure used in dealing...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
How could the problem be addressed?
Debrief Project Citizen text pages 10-16 Comments? Concerns so far?
 
 
Characteristics of a  good  policy A rule must be clear and easy to understand. People must be able to do what the rules s...
 
Finding public policies in the news? Title  of the article and author    Brief  summary  of the problem it addresses   Pub...
Project Citizen portfolio <ul><li>Portfolio Walk Around </li></ul><ul><li>Notice the four sections: </li></ul><ul><li>Prob...
Triggering Mechanisms <ul><ul><li>Scope </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intensity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Duration </li></ul...
How the scale works Consider a problem you might want to study Consider the scope. How many people are affected? Assign a ...
What are some possible Project Citizen topics? <ul><li>Think back on what bugs you.  </li></ul><ul><li>Think about the new...
<ul><li>Elk Grove has no special &quot;thing&quot; to set it apart. </li></ul><ul><li>Lowering the voting age to the drivi...
Debrief Project Citizen text pages 44-45 Comments? Concerns so far? Constitutional Opinion Form
Project Citizen portfolio Graphic Organizers <ul><li>Problem: pg. 29-30 </li></ul><ul><li>Examining Alternative Policies: ...
 
 
 
 
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CCSS Project Citizen Power Point

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This is the Power Point delivered at the 50th Annual California Council of the Social Sciences by Jim Bentley, CA 03 District Coordinator for Project Citizen.

For further information regarding Project Citizen, please visit the Center for Civic Education's website at www.civiced.org

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  1. 2. Project Citizen in Action
  2. 3. Civic education program Promotes competent and responsible participation in state and local government Engages students in learning how to monitor and influence public policy Encourages civic participation among students, parents and members of the community
  3. 4. Identify a public policy problem & evaluate alternative solutions Propose a solution Develop an action plan for implementing their policy Display research in a portfolio and documentation binder I t means you and your class will…
  4. 5. alternative policies the problem documentation section our class policy our action plan H ere’s what a class creates to “showcase” their efforts.
  5. 6. <ul><li>Students identify </li></ul><ul><li>public policy problems </li></ul><ul><li>in their community by… </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>discussing them with each other </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>interviewing family members and other adults </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>reading newspapers and other print sources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>listening to news reports on radio and TV </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Selecting a problem for class study </li></ul>Problems in our community 1. Drugs 3. Pollution 2. Violence 4. Students present and discuss the problems they have identified and then select one problem for their class project
  7. 8. <ul><li>Students gather information </li></ul><ul><li>on the chosen public policy </li></ul><ul><li>problem from a variety of </li></ul><ul><li>sources </li></ul>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
  8. 9. <ul><li>Developing a class portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Group 1 develops an explanation of the problem </li></ul><ul><li>Group 2 evaluates alternative policies </li></ul><ul><li>Group 3 develops a proposed policy consistent with constitutional principles </li></ul><ul><li>Group 4 develops an action plan </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Presenting the portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Public hearing before a </li></ul><ul><li>panel of “judges” from </li></ul><ul><li>the community </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations by each of </li></ul><ul><li>the four groups </li></ul><ul><li>Opening oral presentations (4 minutes) </li></ul><ul><li>Responses to questions from judges </li></ul><ul><li>(6 minutes) </li></ul>
  10. 12. Start: 56:26
  11. 13.   What DISPOSITIONS did they exhibit? (What attitudes and beliefs did they demonstrate?) What KNOWLDEGE did they need? (What did they need to know?) What did the students in Missouri and Colombia need to become engaged citizens? What SKILLS did they employ? (What were they able to do?) <ul><li>Carousel </li></ul><ul><li>In a group, record </li></ul><ul><li>your ideas on the </li></ul><ul><li>chart paper in the </li></ul><ul><li>room. </li></ul><ul><li>When time is </li></ul><ul><li>called, move to </li></ul><ul><li>the next chart. </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>The need for government </li></ul><ul><li>The purposes of government </li></ul><ul><li>Constitutional principles </li></ul><ul><li>Structure of government </li></ul><ul><li>Individual rights (personal, political, economic) </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibilities of a citizen </li></ul><ul><li>Role of the citizen in a democracy </li></ul><ul><li>How the citizen can participate in the political life of </li></ul><ul><li>the community </li></ul>Knowledge Critical Thinking: Skills Participatory: <ul><li>Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Self-discipline & self-governance </li></ul><ul><li>Respect for individual dignity & diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Civility </li></ul><ul><li>Compassion </li></ul><ul><li>Tolerance for ambiguity </li></ul><ul><li>Respect for the law and willingness to seek </li></ul><ul><li>changes in unjust laws peacefully and legally </li></ul><ul><li>How the citizen can participate in the political </li></ul><ul><li>life of the community </li></ul>Dispositions (attitudes) <ul><li>Gather and assess information </li></ul><ul><li>Explain, clarify and prioritize </li></ul><ul><li>Identify alternative solutions to problems </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and assess consequences </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect and evaluate </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiate, compromise, and seek consensus </li></ul><ul><li>Manage conflicts peacefully and fairly </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor and influence politics and </li></ul><ul><li>government </li></ul>
  13. 15. Text books emphasize this
  14. 16. Debrief Project Citizen text pages vi-3 Comments? Concerns so far?
  15. 17. What bugs me... <ul><li>1. Imagine things that bug or annoy you in your </li></ul><ul><ul><li>personal life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>neighborhood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>state </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>nation </li></ul></ul>2. Carousel a. Rotate and record your ideas on the poster papers located throughout the room. b. Debrief
  16. 18. Identifying Public Policy Problems in Your Community Project Citizen text: Step 1, pages 10-16
  17. 19. Who should be responsible for solving our community problems? Discuss with a partner.
  18. 20. Spheres of Society individuals families private business philanthropists service organizations private clubs churches unions trade groups national, state, local, special districts, government agencies
  19. 21. Distinguishing among spheres of society: Which part of society is involved? <ul><li>A local school board changes graduation requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>Susan becomes a member of the Girl Scouts. </li></ul><ul><li>Carmen and her friend go out to dinner and a movie. </li></ul><ul><li>Marco’s family and friends have a picnic on July 4 th . </li></ul><ul><li>5. Sara and her two sisters join a labor union. </li></ul><ul><li>6. The Sierra Club lobbies state legislators to pass environmental protection laws. </li></ul><ul><li>The state legislature passes a law limiting the use of cell phones while driving. </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens join a taxpayer’s association in an effort to get government to lower taxes. </li></ul><ul><li>The federal government awards a contract to a private company to repair sections of an interstate highway. </li></ul><ul><li>A city council passes a law establishing smoke free zones in public parks. </li></ul>
  20. 22. Who should fix the problem? For each problem, decide who should take care of it. Private sphere? Civil society? Government? <ul><li>Ensuring that children from birth to three years old eat nutritious food and develop healthy hygiene habits. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring that children receive equal educational opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting the moral development of young children. </li></ul><ul><li>Caring for the elderly poor people. </li></ul><ul><li>Protecting the borders of the country. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining streets in cities and towns. </li></ul><ul><li>Providing medical care for the indigent. </li></ul><ul><li>Protecting people from criminal activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Upholding the moral standards of the community. </li></ul><ul><li>Building highways, bridges, and dams. </li></ul><ul><li>Protecting the country from external attack. </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting economic prosperity. </li></ul><ul><li>Vote with your feet </li></ul><ul><li>Show your opinion by moving to </li></ul><ul><li>the section of the room that </li></ul><ul><li>contains your answer. </li></ul><ul><li>Make your selection quickly. </li></ul><ul><li>Move to your answer quickly. </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to justify your </li></ul><ul><li>choice to the group. </li></ul>
  21. 23. Who solves problems?
  22. 25. So, what is “public policy?” Defined Public policy is the combination of basic decisions, commitments, and actions made by government officials who have authority to act. Policymaking is the act of arriving at a decision regarding the public good or well being, through an agreed upon public policy process, based on established norms and procedures.
  23. 26. In democracies, a public policy is a concept or set of ideas that guides a course of action or a procedure used in dealing with public issues or problems.   Public policies are often embodied in laws, rules, or regulations or agreed upon procedures used by government to fulfill its responsibilities to protect the rights of the people and to promote the general welfare. Found Poem With a partner, pick no more than 10words from the definition on the previous slide and the text below to describe what a “public policy” is.
  24. 34. How could the problem be addressed?
  25. 35. Debrief Project Citizen text pages 10-16 Comments? Concerns so far?
  26. 38. Characteristics of a good policy A rule must be clear and easy to understand. People must be able to do what the rules say. It must not conflict with another rule. It must be enforceable. There should be a penalty for breaking it. It must be posted or explained to people.
  27. 40. Finding public policies in the news? Title of the article and author   Brief summary of the problem it addresses   Public policy issue involved (if any).   Government authority with responsibility to handle the problem (if any). With a group, scan through the news to look for stories that deal with an issue relating to public policy. Be sure to answer the following:
  28. 41. Project Citizen portfolio <ul><li>Portfolio Walk Around </li></ul><ul><li>Notice the four sections: </li></ul><ul><li>Problem </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Our Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Action Plan </li></ul>Hearing Start: 11:45
  29. 42. Triggering Mechanisms <ul><ul><li>Scope </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intensity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Duration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul>How many people are affected The extent to which an issue bothers you How long an issue has been a problem. The financial and psychological costs of a problem as well as the resources which can be used to address it Developments that place an issue on the public agenda Help identify public policy issues
  30. 43. How the scale works Consider a problem you might want to study Consider the scope. How many people are affected? Assign a numerical score. Consider the duration. Chronic problems are likely to bother more people than recent topics. Assign a numerical score. To what extent is this problem psychologically/emotionally bothering you? *Assign a numerical score. Closing school libraries * You will want to consider the resources which can be used to address the problem later as you propose a policy. Higher scoring problems could provide a topic for study.
  31. 44. What are some possible Project Citizen topics? <ul><li>Think back on what bugs you. </li></ul><ul><li>Think about the newspaper activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Think about topics you need to teach in class? </li></ul><ul><li>Think about standards (national/state as well as grade level). </li></ul><ul><li>Which of those problems might be handled by a public policy? </li></ul><ul><li>Try to finish this idea: “There ought to be a law that says...” </li></ul>
  32. 45. <ul><li>Elk Grove has no special &quot;thing&quot; to set it apart. </li></ul><ul><li>Lowering the voting age to the driving age. </li></ul><ul><li>Raising the smoking age to the drinking age. </li></ul><ul><li>Backpacks are too heavy. </li></ul><ul><li>Not enough programs (i.e. extracurricular sports, art, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Not enough animal shelters. </li></ul><ul><li>Our school's water fountains don't taste good and are dirty or are sometimes broken. </li></ul><ul><li>Energy not wasted at school could mean more money back to our school. </li></ul>Some Project Citizen ideas from 6 th graders “ There ought to be a law that says...”
  33. 46. Debrief Project Citizen text pages 44-45 Comments? Concerns so far? Constitutional Opinion Form
  34. 47. Project Citizen portfolio Graphic Organizers <ul><li>Problem: pg. 29-30 </li></ul><ul><li>Examining Alternative Policies: pg. 31 </li></ul><ul><li>Proposing a Public Policy: pg. 32 </li></ul><ul><li>Developing an Action Plan: pg. 33-34 </li></ul>
  35. 52. Want more training? www.civiced.org

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