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If you have been following this blog for a bit, you will recall that the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship has joined a partnership with other Florida and national stakeholders to consider elements of civic learning in Florida. One of these partners, CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), has recently published a post discussing the state of the partnership and our work towards understanding what is working (and what isn’t) when it comes to civic education in Florida. We ARE, slowly but surely, beginning our work. As the post points out, the Partnership has:

  • developed a model that can help predict civics EOC scores
  • crafted an assessment that explores student civic proficiences
  • explored the use of games in encouraging civic discussions

As I mentioned previously, we will be visiting a middle school in Florida at the end of this month to see civic instruction in action and talk with stakeholders about why this school is doing such a good job when it comes to civic education! We believe, passionately, that this research can make a difference and help us see what we need to do better as teachers, as developers, and as citizens if we want this next generation to be become as civically engaged as we know they can!

Check out the post from our friends at CIRCLE for more.