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Different paths to a common goal: Preparing students for civic life - ECS, through its National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement institute, has released a series of reports in recent months that highlight the various approaches taken around the country to advance civic knowledge among all students. The sixth and final report provides an overview of the previous papers and offers several themes that helped lead to a common goal. (Delander and Millard, ECS, June 26)...

Florida and Illinois: Civic Issues, No Law Required - Florida and Illinois have created a network of academic institutions committed to providing students with opportunities to gain skills necessary to be effective participants in democracy. This ECS report from the National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement illustrates the states’ different approaches, both accomplished without legislation. Illinois’ initiative is targeted at high school students through the state’s Democracy Schools. The Florida College System Civic Literacy Initiative is viewed as a long-term project that will impact college students as well as communities served by participating colleges....

Civic Education: Legislative Updates PDF - While the role that civic education plays in public schools has been reduced in the past 50 years, the civic education field continues to make significant strides in identifying best practices for civic education. As evident in NCLCE's most recent 50-state policy scan, some states have recognized such best practices by enacting policy on "civics," "citizenship education," and "social studies." (Molly Ryan and Paul Baumann, ECS, September 2013)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Civic Education - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Civic Education--Pledge of Allegiance - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Civic Education--Civic Knowledge and Literacy - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

State Policies on Youth Engagement in Policymaking MS Word PDF - This ECS StateNote examines results of a 50-state review of state policies that encourage student involvement in decisionmaking and policymaking. While many institutions of higher education, districts and schools have similar policies, this review was limited to identifying those opportunities codified at the state level in state statute and administrative code. (Judy English, Jennifer Piscatelli, Ann Rautio and Hillary Whitten, Education Commission of the States, June 2008)...

Citizenship Education Policy Brief PDF - This policy brief reviews current data and recent state action in support of citizenship education. It highlights eight states’ standards which go beyond the teaching of knowledge and extend to skills and dispositions, analyzes common characteristics of state standards and concludes with questions for policymakers. (Tiffani Lennon, Education Commission of the States, October 2006)...

Youth Legislative Engagement Initiative: An Overview of Effective Strategies to Design, Implement and Sustain Youth Legislative Initiatives PDF - The nation faces a youth citizenry that is disengaged and lacks the necessary knowledge, skills and dispositions to participate in and carry out their civic duties. This ECS policy brief summarizes the state-level goals and accomplishments of the Youth Legislative Engagement project. Recommendations build cooperation between state legislators and students to enable students to develop civic competencies to contribute to our democracy now and in the future. (Tiffani Lennon, Education Commission of the States, July 2006)...

State Policies for Citizenship Education Database - This database contains information about the state policies that support citizenship education in all 50 states. (Education Commission of the States)...

Secretaries of state make impact, lasting impression in civics - Among the responsibilities of individual secretaries of state in this country, the oversight of elections within their respective states plays a large role. These chief election officers actively work to maximize registration of eligible voters and help educate the public in regard to general voter information. Many secretaries of state attempt to go further and have started initiatives focused on civic learning and engagement – efforts that are designed to continue even after they leave office. (Delander and Millard, ECS, June 2014)...

Advancing civic learning with administrative authority - California and Montana, through the leadership of their state judiciaries and superintendents of public instruction, have taken steps to expand civics education through administrative directives. Such directives may be an expedited way to implement civics initiatives, though the challenge then becomes finding ways to sustain them. (Delander, Millard, ECS, June 2014)...

States Address Civics with Mandated Task Forces - By coincidence or not, Massachusetts, Illinois and Virginia created civic education task forces not long after national test results showed a dismal understanding of the subject matter across all grade levels. (Brady Delander, ECS, May 2014)...

Florida and Tennessee: Accountability in Civic Education PDF - Lawmakers in Florida, in 2010, and in Tennessee, in 2012, approved legislation that holds students accountable for their civics knowledge. Students are taking the tests for the first time this school year. (Education Commission of the States, Brady Delander, April 2014)...

NCSL's Civic Education Legislation Database - This database offers details on recent and pending civic education legislation from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Trust for Representative Democracy....


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