Good afternoon, friends in Civics. Are you looking for some free self paced professional development in civics education? Consider enrolling in our The Civics Classroom Course Series! 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.
Are you already enrolled in any of these courses? That’s great! We have had over 200 people complete these courses succesfully! While we want to definitely encourage you to take your time in completing these courses (we understand your schedule!), please be aware that as of April 01, 2021 we will be removing participants who have not visited/taken part in their courses since last summer. You are of course free to re-enroll should you be removed. We believe that these can make a difference and support your professional learning and your students.
What is the Civics Classroom?
This course series provides educators with online, self-paced, professional learning that develops the knowledge and skills necessary to help students achieve their roles as participants in civic life. Each course will take approximately five hours to complete. While it is recommended that participants complete the courses in order, it is NOT required.
The awarding of a certificate for each course in this series is based on successful completion of the pre and post tests, module quizzes, post course survey, and a passing final grade in the course. Certificates are emailed by staff of the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship at the Lou Frey Institute within two weeks of course completion.
A Prepared Classroom provides teachers with an understanding of:
- Course descriptions and the Civics End-of-Course Test Item Specifications,
- How to utilize curriculum and pacing guides,
- The value of strategic planning and preparing for instruction, and
- Making informed decisions about instruction based on formative and summative data.
A Cognitively Complex Classroom provides teachers with an understanding of:
- The role of cognitive complexity when facilitating instruction and assessment,
- Utilizing strategies and structures, and
- Developing learning activities that integrate English Language Arts and disciplinary literacy skills.
A Cohesive Classroom provides teachers with an understanding of:
- identifying the needs of students for scaffolded and differentiated supports aligned with the Universal Design for Learning and,
- how to develop a responsive civics classroom that builds academic and social-emotional competencies.
Enrollment Information: Self-enroll in this course at any time by clicking here https://canvas.instructure.com/enroll/YFE7HR. Or, sign up at https://canvas.instructure.com/register and use the following join code:
(THIS COURSE WAS DEVELOPED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES!) 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.
Enrollment Information: Self-enroll in this course at any time by clicking here https://canvas.instructure.com/enroll/BKAM74. Or, sign up at https://canvas.instructure.com/register and use the following join code:
Questions about The Civics Classroom? Contact Us!
We also have a course specially designed for government classes around the state of Florida’s Civic Literacy Assessment for high school.
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
And there is our High School US History PD, developed in collaboration with the National Archives.
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
Questions about these courses or any other professional development? Drop me a line and tell us how we can support you!