Civics360: A New Resource for Civic Education

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Good morning, friends in Civics. Over the past few years, teachers here in Florida and elsewhere in the United States have made heavy use of the Escambia Civics Review Site. We do believe that the partnership with Escambia County and the willingness of that district to host and share resources for teaching and learning has been beneficial for everyone. Over time, however, requests have been made and ideas contemplated about improvements that could be made to make that site even better. These requests and ideas include more student friendly videos, more helpful assessment tools, and resources for ESOL students and struggling readers. With that in mind, the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship, in partnership with Escambia County Schools,  is excited to announce the launching of a new Civics review site that will, later this summer, replace the currect Escambia Civics Review Site: Civics360. Civics360 is free to all registered users, much like our current Florida Citizen website. This site is now live and available for your use.

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So what are the new features you will find in Civics360? Take a look at the orientation video below, which walks you through the registration process, and read the rest of the post to learn about what we hope will be a useful resource for you and your students.

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New Civics in Real Life: The Preamble in Action

Good morning, friends in civics! Our Civics in Real Life series continues. We bring you today the second (of two) of this week’s Civics in Real Life one pagers! Today’s resource addresses the Constitution’s Preamble, and asks the question “How do current events show the way in which the government enacts the goals and purposes outlined in the Preamble?”

Preamble

You can of course download all of the Civics in Real Life resources over on Florida Citizen for free!
As a reminder, our topics so far have addressed
Executive Orders
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the Common Good,
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and Public Health and the Social Contract.
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Upcoming resources will include Federalism, Primary Sources, States Rights and Responsibilities, The Economy, The Power of Propaganda, and International Non-Governmental Organizations. Expect the next one on Federalism by next Tuesday! 🙂

We hope that you will find these useful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at anytime! And don’t forget, you can find the ‘Civics in Real Life’ resource on the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship website here. Be sure also to check out Civics360 for videos and readings that explore additional civics concepts and ideas within a more traditional framework!

New Civics in Real Life Resource: Public Health and the Social Contract

Good afternoon, friends in Civics! Recently, we share with you our new ‘Civics in Real Life‘ resource. This new resource, updated twice a week, provides you with a one page reading and activity connecting current events to civics concepts, ideas, or skills. Last week, we addressed

Executive Orders
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and the Common Good.
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The newest one is now available! Today’s resource looks at Public Health and the Social Contract. How is the concept of public health reflective of John Locke’s social contract?
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You can view and download all of these here. Upcoming resources will include The Preamble, Federalism, Primary Sources, States Rights and Responsibilities, The Economy, The Power of Propaganda, and International Non-Governmental Organizations. Expect the next one on The Preamble this Thursday! 🙂

More Civics Lesson Videos from Palm Beach District Schools!

For the past two weeks, we shared with you a collection of video lessons for learning civics from home, put together by the excellent folks in Palm Beach using some resources from Civics360. Today, we are happy and grateful to share five more. Each video runs about ten minutes long, give or take a couple of minutes. I’ve included a link back to Civics360 under each video. Thank you, Lori Dool, for giving us a chance to support teachers!

The Preamble

Civics360 Module

Constitutional Limits

Civics360 Module

Federalists and Anti-Federalists

Civics360 Module

Rule of Law

Civics360 Module

Sources and Types of Law

Civics360 Module

 

Constitutional Rights Foundation Offering Free Student-Driven Civics Webinars!

Friends, I know we are all seeking ways to ensure that our students, even ‘trapped’ at home, get a high quality civics education. Our good friends at the Constitutional Rights Foundation know this as well. They are offering free student driven webinars for elementary, middle, and high school kids that you can have your kids take part in that help them understand public policy, individual rights, and civic life. Check out the information below. I know I am going to try and get my own middle school child to take part! 

We are in this together. Our team is developing new resources in real time to help students keep learning at home.

Upcoming are a series of webinars taught by CRF staff and/or youth for your students (and families) to participate in. Many CRF staff members have teaching backgrounds and we are going to work with our Civic Action Project (CAP) Youth Board led by Sari Kaufman and Casey Sherman (#MarchforOurLives) to present webinars directly to students. We know that kids are missing other kids, so we are excited to have youth teaching youth.

Upcoming Live Student Webinars:

Monday, April 6, 2020 at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern
High School Students
In This Moment in Time: Public Policy and Civic Action 
CRF Sr. Program Director (and high school teacher) Sarah Badawi will facilitate a lesson from CRF’s Civic Action Project focused on public policies in play and analyzing public policy.
REGISTER HERE


Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern
Middle School Students
Our Rights & Freedoms: Visitor From Outer Space
This interactive lesson places students in a situation where they must choose which of the Bill of Rights they want to keep and which rights they are willing to give up. This is a great activity to teach students about fundamental rights while strengthening their speaking, listening, and collaborative skills.
REGISTER HERE 


Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern
Grades 2-4 Students
My Town and The Three Branches of Government
Members of CRF’s Youth Board will lead a lesson for elementary students as they learn about the three branches of government.
REGISTER HERE

 

More Palm Beach Created Resources for Civics!

Last week, we shared with you a collection of video lessons for learning civics from home, put together by the excellent folks in Palm Beach using some resources from Civics360. Today, we are happy and grateful to share four more. Each video runs about ten minutes long, give or take a couple of minutes. I’ve included a link back to Civics360 under each video. Thank you, Lori Dool, for giving us a chance to support teachers!

Enlightenment Ideas

Civics360 Module

Impact of Historical Documents

Civics360 Module

Pursuit of Independence

Civics360 Module One
Civics360 Module Two

Articles of Confederation

Civics360 Module

We hope you found these useful, and thank you again to Palm Beach District Schools for sharing them!

Civics in Real Life: A New Current Events Resource from the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship

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Good afternoon, friends in Civics! We are excited to share a new just-in-time resource for teachers, students, parents, and anyone else looking for ways to connect current events to civics concepts and ideas. You are likely already familiar with our Civics360 resource, and we hope that you find it useful and beneficial. This additional resource, however,  is a new collection of simple and easy-to-do readings and activities, not tied to any particular state standards or benchmarks, that teachers, parents, and kids can use to explore what is happening now and how it connects to big civics concepts and ideas.

Where can we find ‘Civics in Real Life’?

What a question! 🙂 You will be able to find the ‘Civics in Real Life’ resource on the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship website here.  Registration is not required, and we would love for you to share the link with others!

What is in the ‘Civics in Real Life’ resource?

Each resource will connect to a civics concept, some sort of primary or factual source, enrichment links, and an easy to do/share activity, all contained in a one page PDF that can be shared with students or adapted into an additional expanded activity or lesson.

How often will we get new ‘Civics in Real Life’ resources? 

The new Civics in Real Life page will be updated twice a week (generally late Tuesdays and Thursdays), and run through the end of the current school year.

What kinds of civics topics will be covered by ‘Civics in Real Life’?

The topics covered by this new resource will connect broad civics concepts and ideas to current events. For example, the first few resources will address:

  • Executive Orders
  • The Common Good
  • Federalism

You will also see additional resources on Public Health, the Social Contract, States Rights and Responsibilities, We the People, and more. 


We hope that you will find these useful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at anytime! And don’t forget, you can find the ‘Civics in Real Life’ resource on the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship website here. Be sure also to check out Civics360 for videos and readings that explore additional civics concepts and ideas within a more traditional framework!

Resources for Preparing Kids for the Abbreviated APUSH Exam!

John Burkowski, Jr., a board member of the Florida Council for the Social Studies and an excellent Advanced Placement Teacher down in the Dade County area, shares these resources for helping your kids prep for the APUSH Exam through distance education! Check out the excellent resources below.

Suggested Plan of Action for Abbreviated 2020 APUSH Exam:

Plan accordingly with whatever remaining unit topics. Supplement with Jocz Productions / Adam Norris / etc. video reviews available on YouTube.

Use AP Classroom for review and practice questions.

CONTENT COVERAGE:

Focus your efforts on the Course Exam and Description key concepts.

JOCZ PRODUCTIONS:

JOCZ

APUSH, AP Government, and U.S. History videos for students, history lovers, and weird people on the internet.

CHECK THE WEBSITE
ADAM NORRIS:
Norris
Welcome to your one stop guide to all things APUSH, including textbook chapter reviews.
EXAM PREP:

Use AP Classroom through the Personal Progress Checks and teacher-built practice modules.

We will not know the format until April 3, so I recommend primarily focusing your FRQ section efforts on the SAQ 2. It is a primary source based SAQ that I believe would be the most efficient way to focus on all skills for any FRQ we get.

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College Board will be adding video reviews for CED unit topics starting this week. Bookmark the playlist for reference and potential implementation.

Also, definitely do thesis development by using released DBQ and LEQ prompts; using Periods 1-7 prompts of course.

I have compiled publicly released Period 1-7 SAQs to use for planning and practice.

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Shameless plug for my website for ppts and reviews. 

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Video Civics Lessons From Palm Beach County Schools!

Friends, in this difficult time, I know that we are all seeking resources, so I am so very happy to share with you some resources that Palm Beach schools put together for broadcast over their cable system. They used our Civics360 scripts and materials for these four videos. Each video runs about ten minutes long, give or take a couple of minutes. I really think you may find these useful. Check them out! I’ve included a link back to Civics360 under each video.  We are grateful to our friends in Palm Beach for letting us share this with a broader audience. Every effort helps. This is what civics is about, my friends!

Forms of Government

Civics360 Module

Systems of Government

Civics360 Module

International Organizations

Civics360 Module

International Conflicts

Civics360 Module

 

Civics and Social Studies Education Resources for Learning from Home!

In this time of uncertainty, as we look for ways to keep our kids engaged in their learning, to potentially teach remotely, and to keep on with our learning and our engagement as educators, citizens, and members of our communities, here are some resources that you can use online for both civics and other social studies subjects. As a reminder, if you are in Florida, be sure to follow the FDOE Twitter and website for information and resources as well.

Civics360 
Civics360 is a resource from your friends here at the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship that is intended to help students learn what they need to know to be knowledgeable citizens. It has readings in multiple languages (at a 7th grade level) as well as engaging 10 minute videos on a variety of civics topics. You can learn more about it here. 

The Civics Renewal Network

The Civics Renewal Network is a consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the U.S. by increasing the quality of civics education in our nation’s schools and by improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost learning materials. On the Civics Renewal Network site, teachers can find the best resources of these organizations, searchable by subject, grade, resource type, standards, and teaching strategy.

The Civics Renewal Network is currently in the process of compiling a number of civics-related remote learning resources that we will be sure to share out as soon as it is up.

Free Resources and Apps
Many companies in this time of need are offering free or reduced subscriptions to educational tools and resources. Mary Ellen Daneels, a wonderful civic educator from Illinois, has helped to compile many of these into one location. I encourage you to explore this spreadsheet. Without a doubt there is something that you can use!

You will also find some excellent free resources here, and they have all been vetted by quality educators that have used them!

Resources for Teachers
These next resources have been compiled by the always excellent Joe Schmidt of the Maine State Department of Education.

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Supporting Resources for TEACHERS Preparing to Teach Through Distance Learning
Summary of best practices from list on the left:
  • Focus on what works best for YOUR students based on age, content, and technology access.
  • Create asynchronous learning experiences
  • Less is more for quantity of assignments and instruction
  • Offer a variety of options and experiences to allow for personalization of the learning.
  • Give explicit instructions and time expectations
  • Specify expectations for students and parents
  • Be empathetic and flexible to the circumstances
  • Communicate consistently and constantly
  • Become familiar with the technology and tools needed to participate in the work and stick with them.
  • Schedule online “office hours”
  • Encourage collaboration among your students
  • Connect with other educators and the DOE for support
  • Take care of yourself
Supporting Resources for STUDENTS Preparing to Teach Through Distance Learning
Summary of best practices from list on the left:
  • Check your email & communicate
  • Become familiar with the technology and tools needed to participate in the work
  • Collaborate with others
  • Plan your time each day and schedule breaks
  • Have a distraction free place to work/study
  • Focus on what works best for you
Grade Band Specific/Content Specific Curricular Resources and Supports
PK-2
3-5
6-8
9-12
Resources specific to developing and delivering distance learning for Civics & Government
Resources specific to developing and delivering distance learning for Personal Finance & Economics
Resources specific to developing and delivering distance learning for Geography
Resources specific to developing and delivering distance learning for History
 
Resources specific to developing and delivering distance learning for Behavioral Sciences

 We hope you find these resources useful. We’ll be sharing more as we are made aware! 

Florida June Workshop: Guidelines for Teaching About the Holocaust and Introduction to IWitness

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Hello friends! If you teach in Florida, you know that the state is pushing hard to improve Holocaust education in every district. As such, getting some quality professional development on this necessary and important topic might be something to consider. If you are in north Florida (or all over the state really), the Panhandle Area Education Consortium will be offering an excellent workshop this coming June 11th.

WHAT: Guidelines for Teaching About the Holocaust and Introduction to IWitness

WHEN: Thursday, June 11, 2020

TIME: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Central

WHERE: PAEC, Chipley

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2020

STIPEND: $100

 A stipend of $100 is available for participation; however, participants will be required to submit Washington District Schools vendor paperwork by Friday, May 22, 2020. This will allow us time to process the paperwork and get purchase orders for stipends into place in a timely manner.

The workshop, presented by Kelsey Jagneaux, Museum Outreach Educator for The Florida Holocaust Museum, will be divided into two segments. Both segments are to ensure teachers have content knowledge and high-quality resources to effectively meet the Florida Holocaust Education Mandate in their classrooms.

Segment One – Guidelines for Teaching about the Holocaust and Using the FHMs Teaching Trunks in the Classroom for Middle and High School
An introductory session on best practices for teaching about the Holocaust at a middle and high school level followed by an in depth look at a few of The FHMs Teaching Trunks to supplement middle and high school Holocaust curriculum. In the session we will cover guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust, key events and themes that are necessary to establish historical context for continues study, and resources for teachers and students to aid in lesson building and research.

Segment Two – Introduction to IWitness: Teaching through Audiovisual Testimony of Local Holocaust Survivors
Workshop participants will learn how to use the IWitness educational platform in order to incorporate video testimony into their curriculum and help students enhance their listening, writing, speaking, and reading skills.

IMPORTANT:
Please bring a laptop or other device. Participants will receive a $100 stipend for successful participation. Participants outside Washington County will be required to complete Washington County Schools vendor information (W-9 and Vendor Application) and submit it to Brenda Crouch no later than May 22, 2020. This is important, because a purchase order must be submitted for each teacher who will receive a stipend.

Register at – http://my.paec.org/epdc

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