ERIC Number: ED486314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Advancing the Civic Mission of Schools: What Schools, Districts, and State and Federal Leaders Can Do
Academy for Educational Development
Because they reach almost every young person in the nation, schools are best positioned to prepare the next generation of Americans for active citizenship. The public increasingly recognizes that students' civic learning is important to maintaining our representative democracy, and parents are calling for schools to help prepare young people for civic and political participation. The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools is working with advocates from across the political spectrum to dramatically elevate civic learning as an educational priority. The Campaign needs leadership at all levels and in all sectors to restore civic purpose to American schools. Political and school district leaders have particular and significant opportunities to change public education policy. This guide reflects the wisdom of a variety of experts and citizen activists consulted by the Campaign. It identifies six challenges to civic learning, including: (1) Making students civic learning a priority in school reform; (2) Integrating civic learning into the curriculum; (3) Implementing sound civic education standards; (4) Developing better assessment methods to evaluate students' civic learning and to make schools accountable for civic education; (5) Improving teachers' and administrators' training for civic education; and (6) Increasing collaboration between schools and communities. The guide discusses these challenges and articulates clear action steps that schools, districts, and state and federal leaders can take to meet them. (Includes 13 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Democracy, Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Educational Change, School Restructuring, Public Education, Standards, Civics, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
Academy for Educational Development, 1825 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009. Tel: 202-884-8000; Fax: 202-884-8400; Web site: http://www.aed.org.
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.