Dear friends of the Lou Frey Institute and the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship,
|We recently shared with you that the governor vetoed funding for our work in civic education.
Despite this setback, we remain fully committed to supporting you as you prepare the next generation of informed, responsible and engaged citizens.
In fact, over this summer we will continue developing videos for Civics360.org and host our next webinar to help you interpret your Civics End-of-Course Assessment scores. We intend to continue to develop resources and programs to support Florida’s students.
It is a key lesson in civics that determination and persistence are fundamentally important to success in the democratic process. We want you to know that we are determined to address the funding issues created by the governor’s veto and that we will persist until we are successful.
We have come a long way together. Scores are up across the state. Students are learning and the prospects for a stronger civic culture in Florida get better with every student you teach. We pledge to you that we will weather the storm and continue to support your critically important work.
Donations are now being accepted at www.ucffoundation.org. We are grateful for any amount you can give to support and improve Florida’s civic health.
Good afternoon, friends. Don’t forget that the 2017 FCSS Conference, set for the end of October, wants YOU to join us as presenters. YOU are the reason FCSS exists, and we would be grateful if you would share you experience and knowledge and ideas and exciting new pedagogies with your peers and colleagues. We have had some good submissions so far, but we want more!
Proposals are due the 25th of May. Get them in and join us!
Good evening, friends in civics! Are you a civics teacher in Florida? Recently, your students took the Civics EOCA, and likely did well, because you are good at what you do. Your kids know the content. But you also taught them the skills and dispositions necessary for participation in civic life. What we would love to hear from you are the stories of student engagement or action. What did your students do to bring civics to life? How did they engage with their peers, their communities, their leaders? How did they participate in civic life?
We want the story of your kids! Please email me a few lines (or more) about how your kids took what you taught them and practiced what we preached! We look forward to hearing from you!
The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship is an organization that relies a great deal on the work of and collaboration between some very driven, dedicated, and passionate people. One of those people is our program coordinator, Ms. Peggy Renihan. Peggy has done a great deal of direct work with schools in an effort to help teachers and students become better civic learners and leaders, and she has spread the work and message of the FJCC across the northern part of Florida.
This weekend, Peggy graduates with her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. As educators, we never stop learning, and we never stop leading. Congratulations, Peggy, and thank you from your colleagues at the FJCC for all of the great work that you do.
Good morning, friends. Our recent webinar is now available! It discussed some resources and tools that you can use for reteaching, remediation, and review. You can view it below.
All resources and tools discussed in the webinar are available at http://bit.ly/FJCCRRR. Our next webinar will occur in June, and address understanding the the data you receive about the Civics EOCA.
Good afternoon friends. I wanted to take a moment and share with you an upcoming symposium to be hosted next week at UCF. It is worth your time, especially in these troubled times.
The Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research & Studies, Lou Frey Institute, and the Partnership for Civic Learning, will be hosting a special symposium, “Teaching Tolerance & Peace in Education: American Experiences & International Lessons” on March 27, 2017 at Garden Key Room in the Student Union. The event will feature three visiting experts as well as a diverse group of community and educational leaders from Central Florida. The symposium will feature four sessions, including a working lunch, which will run from 9:15am-3:00pm.
The symposium will examine how education has played a central role in managing change over time – in economics, social norms, and increased global interdependence. In recent years, there have been grave challenges to peace and tolerance posed by extremism, political instability, economic inequality, and social unrest. Discussion will focus on the role education plays in promoting tolerance, ways to promote social unity on a national and international level, and the types of programs which promote these ideals. The symposium will also look at what can done to promote tolerance on the local level.
Sessions will be chaired by three visiting experts, Dr. James Gibson of the University of Washington in St. Louis Department of Political Science, Dr. Patricia Avery of the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development, and Dr. Peter Levine of Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences. Gibson specializes in political psychology, political tolerance, and democratization. His work includes extensive experience in the Balkans and South Africa. One of the most accomplished scholars working on political socialization and education, Avery has worked on issues related to tolerance, civic identity/education, and teacher education for 35 years. Levine is the Associate Dean and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life and Director of CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement).
“We are extremely honored to have three distinguished scholars participate in the symposium. We believe the event will encourage a very important and timely discussion of some of the issues we face at a local, national, and international level. We anticipate Drs. Gibson, Avery, and Levine, as well as an impressive list of local participants, will contribute to the development of concrete ideas and plans about promoting tolerance and peaceful decision-making,” noted David Dumke, Director of the Prince Mohammad bin Fahd Program (PMBF).
Featured experts will provide background on key topics and steer conversation – as the goal of each session is to stimulate an open discussion of ideas among those who work, study and have a stake in education. After the symposium concludes, UCF will produce a detail paper summarizing findings, provide an overview of different approaches to the issues discusses, and identify projects and programs which promote the concepts of tolerance and peace in education and how they could be applied internationally, including in the Middle East region.
The symposium, which is funded in part through a grant provided by the Association for International Education Administrators, is open to faculty, staff, and students. For additional information or to RSVP, please contact Kinda Haddad at the PMBF Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (407) 823-2510.
Good morning, friends in Civics. We are happy to announce that registration is now open for our next webinar. This webinar will focus on review and remediation resources for Civics End-of-Course Assessment. Hosted by the team of the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship, we will provide a number of tools, links, resources, and strategies to help you get your kids ready for that assessment.
The Webinar will be held March 29, 2017, from 4:30-5:30 EST.
Registration will close on March 28th at 6pm EST.
The GOTO access link will be shared with all registrants after registration closes. We look forward to having you join us!
Good morning, friends of civics. We have come across an interesting opportunity and thought it might be of interest for your students!
iCivics and the Aspen Institute are cosponsoring the National O’Connor Scholars Program. 11th or 12th grade students interested in the work of the Supreme Court, the life of Justice O’Connor, and/or constitutional law and history; and a record of civic participation and leadership in school, community, and/or faith- based organizations are encouraged to apply.
Applications will be accepted from March 13 to April 3, or until 150 applications have come in—whichever is sooner. Scholars will be announced on or before April 21.
Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/alXN7vHHzfHfvY7w1
Learn more about the O’Connor Scholar Program.
So, good news everyone! The recent webinar we co-hosted with the National Archives is now available. You can access the webinar at this link. In this well-attended discussion, Kathleen Munn of NARA discusses primary source tools and resources that can be used to approach the Civil Rights within classroom discussion.
All of the resources used and referenced in the presentation are available here: recordsofchangewebinarresources-1 . Please note that the PDF contains embedded hyperlinks, so you will need to be sure to download it!
We do hope you enjoy the webinar, and we are grateful for our partners at the National Archives. They always do such great work!