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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PLEASE Contribute to the Florida K-12 Civics Standards Review

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Good morning friends. This post is a reminder that the Florida K-12 Civics Standards are open for review (and the memo on this is available here: Civics Review dps-2020-48 (1)). If you want to have input on what kids should do and should know throughout the grade levels, please please please take part in the review.

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Public input is encouraged through an online survey platform accessible at https://www.floridacivicsreview.org/.  This online platform provides all stakeholders with open access to participate in the review process until August 5, 2020. Stakeholders are required to provide user information before providing input.

You will have the opportunity to state whether the standards should be eliminated, revised, moved, or kept as is, and you may leave your own comments as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Michael DiPierro, Director of Standards, at Michael.DiPierro@fldoe.org or 850-245-9773.

Please take part in this important process. Civics is at the heart of the social studies, and let’s keep Florida’s strong civics heart beating, as a national leader in civics education.

 

 

Civics in Real Life Updates

Good morning, friends in Civics! Have you been keeping up with our Civics in Real Life materials? The most recent two CRL readings concern natural law and the social contract and consent of the governed. You can check out these and other readings over at Florida Citizen!

Consent of the Governed
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Natural Law and the Social Contract
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We hope that you find this, and others in the series, useful!

Check out the new series here. 

As a reminder, our topics so far have addressed

The Food and Drug Administration
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Judicial Review
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The Appointment Process
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Tariffs
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National Institutes of Health.
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Government Task Forces.
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The 2020 Censuscensuscrl
Unemployment InsuranceUI

The Defense Production Act
DPA

Essential Workers

CRLEW

The First Amendment1st amndcrl

Government Power

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Nongovernmental OrganizationsNGO

Propaganda and Symbolism

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The National Guard

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The CARES Act

CARES

Primary Sources

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Federalism in Action

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The Preamble in Action

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Executive Orders
CRL EO

the Common Good,
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and Public Health and the Social Contract.
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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!

Update on LFI/FJCC Staff Transitions

Without a doubt, it is the people that make an organization what it is. And we here at the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship at the Lou Frey Institute would not be what we are today without the hard work of the staff here. It is with that note that we wish our wonderful Professional Development director and all around fantastic civics educator, Peggy Renihan, the best of luck as she transitions to a new position in Bay County.

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Peggy has worked at the Lou Frey Institute for more than a decade. In many ways, she IS the face of the Institute and FJCC in certain parts of the state. Her approach to both relationship building and working with teachers and districts, especially but not exclusively in the northern part of Florida, is one that will not be duplicated.

We wish we could keep her, and we envy Bay County for getting someone with such incredible talents and expertise. Peggy, thank you so much for all that you have done, for civics, for the Center and the Institute, and for your family here. You are appreciated beyond words, and our community will not be the same without you.

 

Announcing THREE New, Free, Online Social Studies PD Courses from FJCC/LFI, in partnership with Bay District Schools and support from NARA’s Center for Legislative Archives!

Good evening, friends. You are likely aware of our recent re-launch of the first three courses in our The Civics Classroom series.

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Well, we just couldn’t wait until July 1st, so are excited to announce that A Constitutional Classroom is now open! This fourth course in the series, developed in collaboration with our partners at Bay District Schools, explores the underlying ideas of the US Constitution and is ‘hosted’ by Dr. Charles Flanagan of the National Archives’ Center for Legislative Archives!

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A Constitutional Classroom will provide teachers with an understanding of:

  • Major ideas in the U.S. Constitution,
  • How to apply disciplinary literacy skills, and
  • Preparing for instruction to make content accessible for all learners.

You can get info to register for the new course, and download the syllabus, over at Florida Citizen!

As the salesman on TV once said, but wait, that’s not all!

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We have also completed and are now launching the first course in what we hope will be a strong and long series for high school US history! The High School US History: The Civil War and Reconstruction Era is, like A Constitutional Classroom, hosted by our friend Dr. Charles Flanagan from the National Archives’ Center for Legislative Archives and was developed in collaboration with our partners at Bay District Schools. 

The High School US History: Civil War and Reconstruction course will provide teachers with pedagogy, content, and resources for:

  • the major ideas of the cause, course, and consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction Era
  • primary sources and disciplinary literacy
  • strategies and structures for accessible learning

You can get info to register for the new course and download the syllabus at the course page on Florida Citizen.

But what about you folks in high school US Government? We have a new course for you as well!
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The High School Government Classroom: Building Critical Knowledge course will provide teachers with pedagogy, content, and resources for:

  • lesson planning and preparation in social studies
  • the principles of American democracy
  • the US Constitution
  • Founding Documents
  • Landmark Cases

For Florida teachers, this course is intended to help you prepare students for the new Civic Literacy Assessment. However, it also provides a basic foundation in US government content, pedagogy, and resources and aligns with the newHigh School US Government modules on Civics360! (And there will be a post on the launch of that new resource later!). 

You can get info to register for the course and download the syllabus over at, you guessed it, Florida Citizen.

We hope that you find these new courses beneficial!

Questions? Email Steve!

The Civics Classroom: A Free Online Course Series for Civics Teachers, Newly Revised and Completely Self-Paced

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Good afternoon, friends in Civics. You may recall that we had previously offered a free online course series for civics teachers. While we remain proud of that initial iteration and are pleased with the outcomes, our most important goal is to always respond to the needs and desires of our stakeholders. As such, we are excited to announce that we are now enrolling folks into the newly revised and completely self paced The Civics Classroom Course Series! The course has been redesigned based on feedback from participants, and we believe it meets the needs of teachers much better.

Courses begin June 15, 2020.  A certificate of completion, for 5 hours of professional development, will be issued for each course successfully completed. While the first course, The Prepared Classroom, is especially designed for Florida civics teachers, the courses are free and open to all civics and government educators throughout the country.

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You can download the above flier here: Civics_Classroom.

Courses open on June 15th, and you can enroll in any of the courses at any time! To learn more about each course (including access to the syllabi), or to enroll, head over to Florida Citizen. Questions? Shoot us an email! 

TWO New Civics in Real Life: The National Institutes of Health and Government Task Forces

We have posted two more Civics in Real Life readings this week! The first looks at the National Institutes of Health. How is support for the general welfare reflected in the work of the National Institutes of Health?
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The second reading explores Government Task Forces. How do these reflect Article II of the US Constitution?
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We hope that you find this, and others in the series, useful!

Check out the new series here. 

As a reminder, our topics so far have addressed
The 2020 Censuscensuscrl
Unemployment InsuranceUI

The Defense Production Act
DPA

Essential Workers

CRLEW

The First Amendment1st amndcrl

Government Power

GP

Nongovernmental OrganizationsNGO

Propaganda and Symbolism

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The National Guard

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The CARES Act

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Primary Sources

primary sources

Federalism in Action

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The Preamble in Action

Preamble
Executive Orders
CRL EO

the Common Good,
CG1

and Public Health and the Social Contract.
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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!

Civics in Real Life: The 2020 Census

Well, it’s time for the Census! And today, we bring you a new Civics in Real Life reading on the 2020 Census and why it matters. How is it an obligation of government and a responsibility of citizens? Why should we complete it?

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We hope that you find this, and others in the series, useful!

Check out the new series here. 

As a reminder, our topics so far have addressed
Unemployment InsuranceUI

The Defense Production Act
DPA

Essential Workers

CRLEW

The First Amendment1st amndcrl

Government Power

GP

Nongovernmental OrganizationsNGO

Propaganda and Symbolism

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The National Guard

NG

The CARES Act

CARES

Primary Sources

primary sources

Federalism in Action

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The Preamble in Action

Preamble
Executive Orders
CRL EO

the Common Good,
CG1

and Public Health and the Social Contract.
PH1

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!

Civics in Real Life: Unemployment Insurance

With the new day comes a new Civics in Real Life reading ! Many of our kids, and maybe many of us, are dealing with the reality of family members who have lost jobs over the past couple of months. So today’s CRL looks at this question: What is the origin and purpose of unemployment insurance? UI

Check out the new series here. 

As a reminder, our topics so far have addressed

The Defense Production Act
DPA

Essential Workers

CRLEW

The First Amendment1st amndcrl

Government Power

GP

Nongovernmental OrganizationsNGO

Propaganda and Symbolism

prop

The National Guard

NG

The CARES Act

CARES

Primary Sources

primary sources

Federalism in Action

federalism

The Preamble in Action

Preamble
Executive Orders
CRL EO

the Common Good,
CG1

and Public Health and the Social Contract.
PH1

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!

Civics in Real Life: The Defense Production Act

Well hello there and good evening! Another new Civics in Real Life reading  is now available! What do you know about the Defense Production Act? Did you know it was used over 300,000 times last year? Check it out and learn how the DPA helps our nation meet its needs!
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Check out the new series here. 

As a reminder, our topics so far have addressed

Essential Workers

CRLEW

 

The First Amendment1st amndcrl

Government Power

GP

Nongovernmental OrganizationsNGO

Propaganda and Symbolism

prop

The National Guard

NG

The CARES Act

CARES

Primary Sources

primary sources

Federalism in Action

federalism

The Preamble in Action

Preamble
Executive Orders
CRL EO

the Common Good,
CG1

and Public Health and the Social Contract.
PH1

Upcoming resources will discuss the NIH, the Census, and Defense Production Act, among others. 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!

Guest Post: Zooming with Mary Beth Tinker!

Today’s post is from Amy Livingston, a middle school teacher here in Florida. She discusses a recent appearance by Mary Beth Tinker in her class, how it happened, and how it went. I can imagine just how exciting that must have been for the kids to virtually meet someone who is in the actual case they have to know! Thank you, Amy, for sharing!

This morning my Civics class hosted Mary Beth Tinker from the 1969 US Supreme Court Case Tinker v Des Moines. This case opened up many doors for students around the country and was really the first time the Supreme Court has formally come out and said students are people too and proclaimed that students do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the school house gate.” She was 13 years old when her case began.

How Did I Get Mary Beth Tinker?

Last year I was listening to a podcast and on it I heard something about a “Tinker Tour” where you could go on and request Ms. Tinker to come visit your school and talk to students about her case. I had actually forgotten about it until recently, when I was trying to figure out a way to engage students more in distance learning and it was then when I remembered about the Tinker Tour.

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Knowing that due to Covid-19 and schools being closed that there would be no way she would be able to come visit I decided to just email on the fly. I introduced myself, let her know I am a Civics teacher in Florida and that my students and I were just embarking upon our Supreme Court cases unit and asked if she ever did video meetings with students since she couldn’t physically tour. About four days later I received a response that she would love to meet with my students via Zoom and asked when I would like to hold our meeting!!

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Zooming With My Students

I sent out messages on Remind and through Edsby as well as Google classroom to invite students and in total about 80 out of my 125 students came to our special Zoom meeting. Students asked about what it was like to be their age and go to court. They asked about what type of opposition she faced. Students were also curious about how this case has impacted Ms. Tinker through her life as well as how it continues to impact students today.

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Ms. Tinker showed us her original arm band and some hate mail she received. And, fun fact, Ms. Tinker was still suspended even though she took off the arm band! My students were excited and engaged throughout our time with Ms. Tinker. They loved that someone their own age made such an impact on their lives today.

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Reflecting on the Virtual Visit

Ms. Tinker is passionate about young people speaking up and using their First Amendment rights to create change. Our favorite quote from today was: “Kids do have a lot of important knowledge and that’s why society always benefits when young people speak up.

What an incredible experience this was to hear first hand from someone who was the same age as our Civics students when she took her case to the highest court in our country and won!

Here is a podcast link for anyone who would like to learn more about this case

You Can Do It!

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Advice I would give other teachers who want to do this is to just do it! Reach out to Ms. Tinker though her website https://tinkertourusa.org/ or by emailing her at MarybethTinker@gmail.com and schedule something. She is such a warm and kind woman and I promise you, your students will love it!

Thanks so much, Amy, for sharing this experience!  Students getting a chance to actually learn directly from someone who had such an impact on civic life is so huge!