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  1. 1. Civic Education & Learning Opportunities in Charlotte 2011-12 Introduction
  2. 2. Without civic literacy , students can’t graduate or become effective citizens and leaders
  3. 3. Civic Literacy <ul><li>Knowing how governments & communities work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participate in civic life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exercise rights, obligations of citizenship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local, state, national and global levels </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand implications of civic decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why should it matter to me? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Civic Literacy <ul><li>Social Studies, Reading, Writing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect historical events - contemporary issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect local - global issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compare different forms of government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Apply knowledge: local, state, national, global </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gather, analyze, use info from different sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Express perspectives in response to issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Informational literacy </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>One organization provides </li></ul><ul><li>the opportunity for </li></ul><ul><li>K-12 civic literacy in Charlotte </li></ul><ul><li>Kids Voting Mecklenburg </li></ul>
  6. 6. More than a mock vote <ul><li>1992: a mock election event </li></ul><ul><li>2011-12: year-long program with wider impact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Civic education and leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Longtime CMS partner, other partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases K-12 classroom resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases K-12 learning opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Narrows gaps </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. More than a mock vote <ul><li>Helps students in school </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Civics & Economics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>US and World History </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle School Social Studies and LA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>K-8 Reading, Writing and Social Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Builds knowledge and skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective leadership and citizenship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>21 st Century Skills </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Civics in Action: Our Programs & Resources Combining classroom education and community learning opportunities is the best way to increase civic literacy and build youth leadership skills
  9. 9. Civic Education <ul><li>21 st century civic learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Governments, issues, leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current and historic events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical thinking, decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multi-disciplinary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>History, civics, reading, writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aligns civic learning to US, NC and district goals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Age-appropriate topics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership, civic participation, economics, democracy, government, law </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Civic Education <ul><li>Connect lessons to real life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guides aligning generic civics instruction with our government, leaders, issues, documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant topics boost comprehension </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Easy to use, flexible, standards-based </li></ul><ul><li>Civic education partners </li></ul>Others Newspapers in Education Civic Action Project iCivics Civic Education Consortium Kids Voting
  11. 11. Civics in real life <ul><li>Guides highlighting discussion questions, educational content and resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current Events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Issues, news, government budgeting, policies, decisions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Constitution Day, Election Day, MLK Day, President’s Day, State of the Union, Black History Month, more </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Political events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2012 Elections and Conventions, Debates </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Classroom Resources <ul><li>How to access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Website: www.kidsvoting.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom Resource Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some PDFs need password: civicliteracy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Civic Learning Center accessible on home page and education section </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>or directly at www.kidsvotingcharlotte.org </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-News and updates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sign up for civic learning highlights, opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School Representative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shares information, curriculum updates, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Teacher support <ul><li>Leadership and professional development opportunities for 250+ teachers annually </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Best practices in 21st century civic learning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foster leadership and collaboration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Continuing education credits, recommendations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Connect teachers to community </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Aligned to district and state objectives including teacher performance criteria </li></ul>
  14. 14. Civics in Action <ul><li>Grades K-12 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Election Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variety of Civic Learning Opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>High school </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Civics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Voice – Leadership Alliance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other connections to government, leadership </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Election Experience EDUCATING FOR DEMOCRACY Using the Kids Voting ballot, students vote on real candidates and issues and develop knowledge, habits and skills
  16. 16. Election Experience <ul><li>Traditional “Kids Voting” program </li></ul><ul><li>K-12 students engage in democracy </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Educates students about offices, candidates, elections and voting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Service-learning in polling places </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Voting at school, online, in polls </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Annual community-wide participation </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2010: 45,000+ students in Charlotte </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2008: 75,000+ students in Charlotte </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. YouthCivics <ul><li>Interaction with public officials, government </li></ul><ul><li>Educates students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civic leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media and digital literacy </li></ul></ul>LOCAL GOVERNMENT Students learn about CMS, city and county leaders, policies and budgets and visit official meetings
  18. 18. YouthCivics MEDIA LITERACY Charlotte Observer editor Rick Thames explains the First Amendment and how news is reported
  19. 19. YouthCivics LAW, SKILLS Superior Court Judge Hugh Lewis assists as a student jury eagerly debates and reaches consensus in a mock trial
  20. 20. Youth Voice/Leadership LEARNING, LEADING Exploring civic leadership, policies and decisions with community leaders and through student collaboration
  21. 21. Youth Voice/Leadership <ul><li>Leadership alliance </li></ul><ul><li>Meet regularly, in government settings </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and discuss policies and issues </li></ul><ul><li>Engage with officials </li></ul><ul><li>Build civic leadership, communication skills, confidence </li></ul>YOUTH CIVIC LEADERSHIP Students discuss CMS policies with peers and Peter Gorman
  22. 22. Youth Voice/Leadership RAISING VOICES, CITIZENS AND LEADERS Interviewing candidates for school board, mayor and county commission on issues important to young people At the table to discuss important policies and issues and provide a valuable youth perspective in decision-making
  23. 23. Civics in Action <ul><li>Civic Education PLUS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Combines classroom learning plus real content and/or experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Best way to learn </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Builds knowledge, skill, comprehension </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Narrows gaps </li></ul>
  24. 24. Helps students <ul><li>Civics and Economics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on Goals 3,4,5,6,10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local and state government , civic involvement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>US and World History </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect historical events with current issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government, politics, civic involvement, democracy </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Helps students <ul><li>Grades 6-8 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect historical events with current issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compare and contrast, role-play through fictional, historical or other appropriate perspective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government, politics, civic responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear linkages to Language Arts </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Helps students <ul><li>Grades K-5 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Language Arts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Informational text, communication skills, reading, writing, evaluating information, thinking critically </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local, state and national government </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Roles of citizens and leaders </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>History, economics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Civic participation, leadership </li></ul></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Helps students <ul><li>Helps students in school </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Civics & Economics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>US and World History </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Middle School Social Studies and LA </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>K-8 Reading, Writing and Math </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Builds knowledge and skills, civic literacy </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Effective leadership and citizenship </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>21 st Century Skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Narrows gaps </li></ul>
  28. 28. Ways to Connect <ul><li>At school </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>School Representative </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Department Chair </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Direct </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Website: www.kidsvoting.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sign up for email, news, updates </li></ul></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Connect <ul><li>Connect to Kids Voting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amy Farrell, Executive Director </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone: 704-343-6999 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web: www.kidsvoting.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FB: www.facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: www.twitter.com/kidsvotingclt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civics resources: www.kidsvotingcharlotte.org </li></ul></ul>