Kids Voting/Civic Learning

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Presentation to middle and high school social studies teachers at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' Inservice on August 20, 2010

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Kids Voting/Civic Learning

  1. 1. Kids Voting/Civic Learning Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Middle and High School Inservice August 20, 2010 www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  2. 2. Objectives Objectives More than a mock vote Civic Literacy Effective resources & learning opportunities Connecting to Kids Voting Q&A, comments, ideas www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  3. 3. Objectives Introductions and www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  4. 4. Objectives We will avoid –Overwhelming you –Wasting your time –Getting into a lot of detail www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  5. 5. Objectives Objectives More than a mock vote Civic Literacy Effective resources & learning opportunities Connecting to Kids Voting Q&A, comments, ideas www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  6. 6. More than a mock vote 1992: a mock election event 2010: year-long program Increases K-12 classroom resources Increases K-12 learning opportunities Narrows gaps Longtime CMS partner, other partners www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  7. 7. More than a mock vote Helps students in school – Civics & Economics – US and World History – Middle School Social Studies and LA – K-8 Reading, Writing and Math Builds knowledge and skills – Effective leadership and citizenship – 21st Century Skills www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  8. 8. More than a mock vote Standards-based classroom activities – Government, civic participation, democracy – Flexible lessons to plug into lesson plan – Additional thematic resources, vocabulary, reading lists – NCSCOS correlates to LA, Math, Social Studies – Many other resources www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  9. 9. More than a mock vote Learning opportunities – Election Experience and community service – YouthCivics – Candidate Forum for Youth – Mecklenburg Youth Voice – Leadership Summit – Others through year www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  10. 10. Objectives Objectives More than a mock vote Civic Literacy Effective resources & learning opportunities Connecting to Kids Voting Q&A, comments, ideas www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  11. 11. Civic Literacy Understanding governmental processes Participating effectively in civic life Exercising the rights and obligations of citizenship at local, state, national and global levels Understanding the local and global implications of civic decisions www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  12. 12. Civic Literacy Civic Building Blocks Voices/Decisions Civic Impacts www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  13. 13. Civic Literacy Neighborhoods Parks and Laws Environment Utilities: Schools water, sewer Civic power building blocks Transit: Roads, Business Airport Rail, Bus Health and Libraries Safety www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  14. 14. Civic Literacy Citizens Media Business Voices and Governments Legal System Decisions Children and Officials Youth Other Leaders www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  15. 15. Civic Literacy Court cases Citizen Public policies involvement Economic Civic Development Elections Impacts Taxes, Jobs Government Government services decisions Government budgets and cuts www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  16. 16. Civic Literacy Example – Pick a building block:__________________ – Name a relevant issue: ________________ – Who has a voice? ____________________ – Who makes decisions? ________________ – What are the civic impacts? _____________ How does this relate to my class? www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  17. 17. Civic Literacy Great tools for the classroom Understand what’s here and how it works Apply knowledge – Local – State – Federal – Global www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  18. 18. Civic Literacy Social Studies, Reading, Writing – Connect historical events - contemporary issues – Connect local - global issues – Compare different forms of government – Gather, analyze, use info from different sources – Express perspectives in response to issues – Informational literacy www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  19. 19. Civic Literacy Students aren’t born with this information Have to learn, just like reading Many kids not getting this in K-5 or home Creates gaps – Academic – Learning opportunity – Community engagement www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  20. 20. Objectives Objectives More than a mock vote Civic Literacy Effective resources & learning opportunities Connecting to Kids Voting Q&A, comments, ideas www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  21. 21. Effective Resources and Learning Opportunities How can Kids Voting help my students? Helps students in school – Civics & Economics – US and World History – Middle School Social Studies and LA – K-8 Reading, Writing and Math Builds knowledge and skills – Effective leadership and citizenship – 21st Century Skills Narrows gaps www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  22. 22. Effective Resources and Learning Opportunities Standards-based classroom activities – Government, civic participation, democracy – Flexible lessons to plug into lesson plan – Easy to use civic resources – local government and more – Additional thematic resources, vocabulary, reading lists • Constitution Day, Election, Black History Month, Local Government Budgets – NCSCOS correlates to LA, Math, Social Studies – Classroom Resource Library and Civic Learning Center – Other resources through year www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  23. 23. Effective Resources and Learning Opportunities Civics and Economics – Emphasis on Goals 3,4,5,6,10 – Local and state government, civic involvement US and World History – Connect historical events with current issues – Government, politics, civic involvement, democracy www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  24. 24. Effective Resources and Learning Opportunities Grades 6-8 – Connect historical events with current issues – Compare and contrast, role-play through fictional, historical or other appropriate perspective – Government, politics, civic responsibilities – Clear linkages to Language Arts www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  25. 25. Effective Resources and Learning Opportunities Learning opportunities – Expands and enriches classroom learning – Builds skills and knowledge – Links students to civic life Includes – Election Experience: voting, community service – YouthCivics program and resources – Candidate Forum for Youth – Mecklenburg Youth Voice – Leadership Summit – Other opportunities through the year www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  26. 26. Effective Resources and Learning Opportunities Kids Voting Mecklenburg resources and learning opportunities for everyone – Free – Available to all K-12 classrooms – Available to all K-12 students Great opportunities for parent involvement www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  27. 27. Objectives Objectives More than a mock vote Civic Literacy Effective resources & learning opportunities Connecting to Kids Voting Q&A, comments, ideas www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  28. 28. Connect Connect to Kids Voting – School Representative – Department Chair – Email, news and updates – Sign up: www.kidsvoting.org www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  29. 29. Connect Connect to Kids Voting – Amy Farrell, Executive Director – Email: amy@kidsvoting.org – Phone: 704-343-6999 – Web: www.kidsvoting.org – FB: www.facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte – Twitter: www.twitter.com/kidsvotingclt www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  30. 30. Objectives Objectives More than a mock vote Civic Literacy Effective resources & learning opportunities Connecting to Kids Voting Q&A, comments, ideas www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt

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