Links

Helpful links to other resources to help make your active citizenship program pop

ONLINE RESOURCES

Support material for educators and facilitators

The links below offer a range of online resources to inform and assist educators/facilitators interested in designing, implementing and evaluating student-led civics and citizenship action projects in their schools.

Links include material from:

  1. The Democratic Knowledge Project, an initiative focused on education for democracy, based at Harvard University.
  • The Massachusetts Department of Education, in November 2018, Massachusetts passed a bill requiring students to complete two civics action projects, one in Grade 8 and one in high school.
  • Steven Zemelman, author of ‘‘From Inquiry to Action: Civic Engagement with Project-Based Learning in All Content Areas’ (2016).
  • Examples of ‘getting involved/student voice’ educational resources created by the Parliamentary Education Office (PEO) – Australian Parliament House, Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) – Old Parliament House and the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).
  • Other readings regarding curriculum and pedagogy considerations and approaches in relation to Civics and Citizenship Education (CCE).

Democratic Knowledge Project (DKP)

*DKP is an education for democracy initiative from the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University.

  • Democratic Knowledge Project

https://www.democraticknowledgeproject.org/

  • Civic Action Student Workbook: Online tool to facilitate Student-Led Civics Projects

https://sites.google.com/view/dkp-civic-action-workbook/home

  • Be A Changemaker Poster: 10 Questions to Ask Yourself for Equitable, Effective, and Self-Protective Civic Agency

https://yppactionframe.fas.harvard.edu/files/actionframe/files/poster_10qs_july2020.png?m=1600978946

  • 10 Questions for Young Changemakers: 10 Questions Primer

https://yppactionframe.fas.harvard.edu/10-questions-primer

  • Democratic Knowledge Project – Cambridge Public School District Grade 8 Civics Curriculum Scope and Sequence: “Civic Engagement in Our Democracy”

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CUKViiuI56HWIW8PcLEdovMnfWpiVmgx/view

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

*In November 2018, Massachusetts passed a bill to promote and enhance civic engagement, resulting in a student-led civics educational initiative where students complete two civics action projects, one in Grade 8 and one in high school.

  • Current Frameworks: Civics Project Guidebook Updated Oct. 2020 (*note: guidebook features as a separate Word Document)

https://www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/current.html

Steven Zemelman

*Author of ‘From Inquiry to Action: Civic Engagement with Project-Based Learning in All Content Areas’ (2016).

  • Heinemann – Products: From Inquiry to Action: Civic Engagement with Project-Based Learning in All Content Areas, by Steven Zemelman

https://www.heinemann.com/products/e06257.aspx#fulldesc

  • The New York Times – Lesson Plans: Guest Post by Steven Zemelman, Ideas for Student Civic Action in a Time of Social Uncertainty (18/5/2017)
  • Connect to Learning TV – Education Innovator: From Inquiry to Action: Civic Engagement with Project-Based Learning in All Content Areas, a conversation with Steven Zemelman and a panel of other educators (1 hour, 2 minutes)
  • Civic Action in Schools – Blog: Steven Zemelman blogs about Ideas in ‘From Inquiry to Action’

https://medium.com/@szemelman/latest

‘Getting Involved/Student Voice’ Educational Resources

*Various educational resources created by the PEO, MoAD and the VEC.

  • PEO – Teacher Resources: Year 5-10 Units of Work

https://peo.gov.au/teach-our-parliament/units-of-work/

  • PEO – Year 8 Unit of Work: Assessment, ‘Getting Involved’

https://peo.gov.au/assets/documents/Units-of-work/Year-8/835dff9256/Year-8-UoW_Assessment.pdf

  • PEO – Year 8 Unit of Work: ‘Getting Involved’ Video (6 minutes)

https://peo.gov.au/understand-our-parliament/having-your-say/getting-involved/get-involved/

  • MoAD – Years 5-10: Sustainable Change Makers – Lunchbox Citizens

https://www.moadoph.gov.au/learning/classroom-resources/sustainable-change-makers-lunchbox-citizens/

‘Getting Involved/Student Voice’ Educational Resources (continued)

*Various educational resources created by the PEO, MoAD and the VEC.

  • MoAD – Years 4-12: Making a Zine – Have your voice heard!

https://www.moadoph.gov.au/learning/classroom-resources/making-a-zine-have-your-voice-heard/

  • VEC – Passport to Democracy Schools Program: Years 3-10 and VCAL

https://passport.vec.vic.gov.au/

  • VEC – Passport to Democracy Schools Program: Teacher Resources

https://passport.vec.vic.gov.au/teachers

Further Reading – Curriculum and Pedagogy Considerations and Approaches to CCE

*Other readings regarding curriculum and pedagogy considerations and approaches in relation to Civics and Citizenship Education (CCE).

  • The Guardian – Inspiring teaching Teacher Network: Using project-based learning to engage students with politics (18/2/2014)

https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/feb/18/project-based-learning-engage-students-politics

  • NSW Government – Education: School learning environments and change – Project-based learning resource guide

https://education.nsw.gov.au/teaching-and-learning/school-learning-environments-and-change/future-focused-learning-and-teaching/project-based-learning-resource-guide

  • ASCD – Understanding by Design Framework: Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins

https://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/siteASCD/publications/UbD_WhitePaper0312.pdf

  • Hewlett Foundation – Deeper Learning Defined: Six Deeper Learning Competencies

https://hewlett.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Deeper_Learning_Defined__April_2013.pdf

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