September 23, 2019

Citizen U News: Issue 6

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We’ve come to the end of another school year, and will be on hiatus over the summer preparing to hit the ground running, and harder, for 2019-20, after ending the 2018-19 on a very high note, with the eleventh annual Our American Voice Summit, this year in two locations, and the ground-breaking passage of a new civics education requirement for all middle schools in Illinois, which OAV students and teachers helped lobby for…

The 74 Million takes a deep dive into Democracy Prep, the first network of charter schools with civic education and engagement at its core, how these schools have shown civics can enhance overall school performance, and the challenges they face… Learn More

http://bit.ly/democracy_prep

 

Times columnist Peter Wehner, who served in the Reagan and Bush administrations, makes the case that even in these cynical times, our standards for politicians are too high, ironically preventing us from seeing what they’re really doing… Learn More

http://bit.ly/no_war

 

The greatest untapped resource we have available to overcome all our challenges, including polarization, is our fellow Americans, and we may finally be on the road to unleashing this literal life force… Learn More

http://bit.ly/nat_svc



Students are immersed in the long, rich, and inspiring tradition of youth activism in our country via this provocative Citizen U lesson pack that starts them down the road to participation themselves… Learn More

http://bit.ly/kids_coalitions

 

The first microcredential program for educators focused on the use of primary sources in civics education and integration of civics throughout the curriculum has begun piloting in Illinois…  Learn More

http://bit.ly/ab_micro

 

Civics education leader iCivics’ DBQuest is introducing students to major issues and topics in US history and civics using Big Questions to guide exploration of related primary sources… Learn More

http://bit.ly/iciv_dbq

 

The Library of Congress’s new For The People program lets you and your students make history by helping the Library transcribe, review, and tag its vast collection of primary sources... Explore

http://bit.ly/source_sourcing

 

Citizen U is an educational initiative, funded by the Library of Congress, that integrates primary source learning and inquiry-based civics across core disciplines–English language arts, math, science, social studies–and grade levels from elementary to middle and high school. Learn more

Mattoon Middle School students learn how to lead their school–and community–to water… Learn More

http://bit.ly/mattoon_fountain

 

 

Heritage Middle School’s homelessness initiatives are only part of the story when its students are exposed to the potential of action civics… Learn More

http://bit.ly/heritage_homeless

 

They never outgrew Legos; now Fabian Saieg, Leandro Lima, and Leandro Miguez, co-founders of Argentina’s Ecoinclusion Foundation–are making affordable housing beyond sustainable… Learn More

http://bit.ly/bricks_change



One of the greatest real civic education activities blossoming today, the Participatory Budgeting Project, is engaging more than 400,000 citizens in 29 cities deciding how to spend more than $300M in public monies on hundreds of community projects across the country… Learn More

http://bit.ly/part_budget

 

For the civic journey ahead, the New York Times has assembled a treasure trove of advice, stories, videos, printables, links, and other resources for educators who want to get their students involved in action, all organized around a five-step process… Learn More

http://bit.ly/times_ideas

 

Our American Voice is a non-partisan, project-based learning initiative that teaches students from elementary to high school how to apply lessons from the founders to become active citizens in their own communities. Learn more

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