Guidebook Spotlights Classroom Examples of Civic Practices
A guidebook released in January by the National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement offers real-world examples of effective models of civics and service-learning that can be incorporated into the classroom and community. The guidebook serves as a resource for teachers and education leaders who want to put these models in place but are unsure how to begin.
Updated Policy Scan Looks at Service-Learning
The Education Commission of the States released an update of state polices on service-learning from around the country. Among the findings: while only Maryland and the District of Columbia require a service-learning or community-service course to graduate high school, every state has legislation or state board of education policy on the books that touches on service-learning or community service.
Partnership for 21st Century Skills Releases Call to Action
A new report from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills offers a research-based vision of 21st century citizenship, and strategies for reaching this vision, that takes into account the new demands and opportunities of citizenship as it is unfolding today.
Prevent Bullying through Community Building
In an opinion piece, Jim Dillon, director of the Center for Leadership and Bullying Prevention, says that strong community and school environments help to slow or even stop bullying. "For educators to be effective at bullying prevention and reduction, they must shift their attention from only disciplining students who bully to empowering students who could be in a position to stop it," he writes.
Baylor University: Gaming Helps with Civic Education
Two assistant professors at Baylor's School of Education studied the effectiveness of iCivics and found it to be an effective tool for teaching civics to primary and middle school students. Statistically, most of the grades showed improvement in their civics education but younger students exhibited the most gains.
NAEP Exams in Civics Postponed Due to Budget Cuts
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exams in civics, U.S. history and geography have been indefinitely postponed for fourth and 12th graders. The Obama administration said this is due to a $6.8 million sequestration budget cut. The three exams will be replaced by a single, new test: Technology and Engineering Literacy.
Effort Combines Civics, Fitness
Girls on the Run International will team with political and civic leaders to launch Running Mates USA. The mission of this new national initiative will be to educate and prepare the next generation of leaders to embrace and cultivate leadership qualities that are effective, empathic, honorable and inspired.
NYLC's Service-Learning Conference on the Horizon
MONUMENTAL, the 25th Annual National Service-Learning Conference, is slated for April 9-12 in Washington D.C. Co-hosted by the National Youth Leadership Council and Youth Service America, the conference brings together more than 1,500 attendees from across the United States and many other countries.
IMPACT Conference Kicks Off Feb. 27
The IMPACT Conference, scheduled for Feb. 27 through March 2 at Valparaiso University in Indiana, is historically the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy and other forms of social action.
Grimes Seeks Nominations for Civic Leadership Award
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's chief advocate for civic engagement, is seeking nominations for the 2013-14 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award. The award recognizes teachers, school administrators, legislators and community leaders who have made notable contributions toward promoting or implementing civic learning to prepare students to be active and engaged in their communities.
Torney-Purta Earns Distinguished Honor
Judith Torney-Purta, professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, was one of 14 education researchers nationwide to be elected to the National Academy of Education.