The 6th Education Leadership Colloquium on the Civic Mission of American Education brought together 85 legislators, administrators, policymakers and others committed to advancing citizenship education, preschool through college.

Each ELC focuses on policy, quality practice, infrastructure and P-20 collaborations. The 2006 ELC explored strategies to advance the civic mission of education across three central themes:
Creating a common sense of stewardship for the civic purposes of education
Supporting, celebrating and maximizing current and emerging leaders
Developing authentic, democratic partnerships among higher education campuses, schools and communities.

Eight states sent teams to Minneapolis for the July 10-11, 2006 meeting. Participating states were California, Hawaii, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. Team members divided their time among workshops, state team working groups and plenary sessions focused on the themes of stewardship, leadership and partnership.

The two day meeting was facilitated by two college students who modeled the kind of active, engaged youth leadership that citizenship education advocates are working toward.

Highlights included a workshop on recent service-learning research (power-point presentation and word document) led by Shelley Billig, RMC Research, and an address by noted scholar Charles Haynes, Freedom Forum First Amendment Center.

The ELC is hosted by the ECS National Center for Learning and Citizenship, and co-hosted by the American Association of School Administrators, Campus Compact, Center for Civic Education and the National School Boards Association. Support for the ELC comes from the State Farm Companies Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Bay and Paul Foundations, Inc.

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Click to go to the page for the 2006 National Forum on Education Policy.

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