"American democracy is at risk because civic education has been downplayed amid a decade’s-long push for more testing and accountability in reading, math, and science."
National Association of State Boards of Education
Civic Education Summit
April 12-13, 2018, Fresno State University
Highlights of innovative civic service projects from Central Valley schools.
- Baird, Cooper and Sutter Middle Schools
- Quail Lake Environmental Charter
Access to community mentors, including attorneys and leaders of public and private agencies who meet with classes to support civic service projects.
Civic Education Summit Flyer
Democracy Education Summit
The Summit has been rescheduled. Teacher training for the Democracy School Program will be done at school sites in September. The dialogue on civic education will be rescheduled for the Constitution Day event on the morning of 9/16 in the North Gym at Fresno State. For information, contact Kim Cole (email@example.com).
Fresno Bar Association Speaker’s Bureau
The Fresno Bar Association has identified over 100 attorneys and judges to volunteer as speakers at K-12 campuses to speak on a variety of legal, historical and civic engagement topics. Mike Wilhelm has organized this opportunity for teachers to bring legal experts into the classroom to discuss important issues with students. For more information contact Mike Wilhelm
CA History-Social Studies Framework Rollout
On May 4, Tulare County Office of Education will host a full-day conference from CA Department of Education includes breakfast and lunch. Registration fee is $125. This interactive and engaging conference offers time to collaborate with other educators, as well as state, regional, and local HSS leaders. Participants will leave with classroom-ready instructional materials, and a full-day examination of the instructional shifts, updated and expanded content, aligning HSS instruction with the ELA/ELD Framework, and inquiry-based instruction across grade levels.
The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards:
Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History was published by the National Council for the Social Studies. In the college, career, and civic life (C3) framework for social studies state standards, the call for students to become more prepared for the challenges of college and career is united with a third critical element: preparation for civic life.
State Approves More Civic Learning
On July 14, the State Board of Education approved a new California History-Social Science Framework–last updated in 2001–that includes greater focus on civic learning in elementary through high school. Learn about the new Framework and other initiatives of the California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning, established by California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
Middle School Democracy Project
“The Middle School Democracy Project will contribute to the revitalization of civic education and engage community mentors in the preparation of the next generation to take responsibility for their personal development, education, career, community and nation.”
Bonner Center for Character Education at Fresno State
Offers resources for educators on best practices for character education. They’ve sponsored the annual CONFERENCE ON CHARACTER AND CIVIC EDUCATION (for 32 years!) The 2017 Middle and High School Character Education Award Application will be available in October.