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One of the things that we at the FJCC and the Lou Frey Institute want to do moving forward into the summer and the new school year is ensure that you, our friends in civics, are aware of what is going on with us. To that end, we will be providing weekly updates on our projects and efforts throughout the state. And oh, have we got some things going on!

First, the good stuff that we love to do: professional development. This week, we will be in Pinellas County to fulfill a request for Civics EOC review. This is, of course, our passion, and if you are interested in something similar (or really ANY PD that can be connected to Civics!), just shoot me an email at stephen.masyada@ucf.edu. Additionally, we have begun bringing on a small and select group of folks to write new items for the Escambia Review Site, our professional bank, and our district bank. Our goal is to create enough new items to fill holes relating to the clarifications while also having enough new items to meet future needs. An ambitious effort, no doubt, but a necessary and long term one.

Next week, we are pleased to welcome our friends from the Literacy Design Collaborative as a collaboration begins with districts and groups from across the state. In this collaboration, we will work on developing civics-oriented modules for primarily elementary classrooms. Certainly elementary civics and social studies remains a great need in this state and across the country, and the hope is that a strong integration of civics content and standards with ELA models will encourage instruction.

Later next week, I will be traveling to Virginia at the invitation (and expense; no tax dollars were used for this!) of the Ashbrook Center for a colloquium on George Washington, hosted at Mt. Vernon. My little girl is very jealous, as even at 7 she loves President Washington! 🙂

Finally, and most exciting for us, is the start of a new research effort sponsored under the auspices of the Lou Frey Institute’s Partnership for Civic Learning. In this effort, we will be visiting 4 schools from across the state that have exceeded expectations in Civics EOC scores. Our goal is simple: what are these schools doing RIGHT? We cannot wait to see what we find, and will of course share our research as soon as we understand it!

One last thing: don’t forget that the state has a new Civics EOC tutorial site! Check it out!

Do YOU have something civics related going on, or a resource you love, that you want to share with folks? Drop it in the comments here or shoot me an email at stephen.masyada@ucf.edu!