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Title: Educating for 21st Century Democracy: State of the State Report: Part I The Local Picture


1
Educating for 21st Century Democracy State of
the State Report Part IThe Local Picture
  • Jill K. Conrad
  • Director, CMS Campaign

2
Research Points to 6 Promising Approaches to
Improve Civic Education
  • Formal instruction in govt, history, law, and
    democracy
  • Discussion of current issues and events
  • Opportunities to apply what learned through
    service-learning
  • 4. Extracurricular activities that allow
    involvement
  • 5. Student voice and participation in school
    governance
  • 6. Participation in simulations of democratic
    processes and procedures

3
All Civic Competencies are Important(knowledge,
skills, dispositions)
  • Developmentally appropriate learning
    opportunities beginning in early grades and
    continuing at each grade level best for optimal
    learning of civic competencies
  • Focus on ALL 3 strands of civic competencies (k,
    s, d) best

4
CO CampaignOverarching Question
  • What would need to happen to ensure that all CO
    students receive an adequate amount
    (access/quantity) to high quality civic learning
    opportunities (quality) throughout their K-12
    education?

5
What is happening in Colorado?
  • A 2003-2005 Colorado Study w/CASB
  • revealed a civic learning opportunity gap where
    as many as 50 of students may lack access to
    social studies instruction in the elementary, and
    in some cases, middle school grades.
  • Most civic learning in CO is concentrated in high
    school.too little, too late
  • Have our schools lost sight of their civic
    mission?

6
Opportunities Some Things May Make a Difference
in CO Schools
  • 2005 study suggests that some things may make a
    difference
  • Constellation of policies Intentional district
    policy with multiple reinforcements of importance
    of civic learning
  • Effective delivery system design Quality
    curriculum design WITH clear program of
    instruction, K-12
  • Clear expectations Principals, teachers,
    students, and parents perceive civic learning as
    a priority
  • Capacity and resources High quality professional
    development, curriculum development,
    instructional materials, etc.

7
2006 Survey of Colorado Superintendents School
Boards
  • Agreement on Civic Mission Vast majority (approx
    70) view the civic mission as an integral part
    of the academic mission of education, equally
    important as workforce college prep
  • BUTIs Civic Mission in the Mission? Over 60
    said NO
  • Are We Meeting the Civic Mission? 50 said
    somewhat successful 20 said successful or
    highly successful 10 said unsuccessful
  • Supports? The Good News more than half said
    theyd had some opportunity for curriculum
    development or professional development in social
    studies or civics within the last 1-3 years
    (including a review of standards)

8
2006 Survey of Colorado Superintendents School
Boards
  • 21st Century Civics Needs 21st Century
    Strategies Vast majority (approx 70) agrees
    with this statement 20 strongly agrees
  • 6 Promising Practices All districts have some,
    mostly in high school (but not necessarily for
    all students). Top Requests for Help
  • 1 (Instruction) 43 of Supts 83 of School
    Boards
  • 2 (Discussion) 53 of Supts 50 of School
    Boards
  • 6 (Simulations) 50 of Supts 40 of School
    Boards
  • 5 (Student Governance) 33 of Supts 50 of
    School Boards
  • 3 (Service-Learning) 37 of Supts 40 of School
    Boards
  • Priority Level? High Priority (6 of Supts 25
    of School Boards) Growing priority (47 of
    Supts 25 of School Boards) Somewhat (31 of
    Supts 37 of School Boards) Low Priority (16
    of Supts 12 of School Boards)

9
2006 Survey of Colorado Superintendents School
Boards
  • Barriers to Making Civic Learning More of a
    Priority
  • Other Priorities (45)
  • CSAP Testing (32 Supts 57 School Boards)
  • Lack of Resources (43 Supts 43 School Boards)
  • Political/partisan concerns (43 School Boards)
  • Lack of knowledge of effective civic learning
    strategies (37 Supts)

10
2006 Survey of Colorado Superintendents School
Boards
  • Local Strategies to Help Districts Meet Their
    Civic Mission
  • School Board Members said
  • More community support for this as a goal (71)
    and more community partnerships to help (57),
  • More resources to support social studies (57),
  • Support to develop whole schools focused on civic
    mission
  • Superintendents said
  • More curriculum development (57)
  • More rigor in high school graduation requirement
    for civics (50)
  • more incentives to motivate schools to improve
    civic mission through school improvement process
    (46)
  • more resources to fully implement social studies
    (43)
  • Both also wanted to see more recognition for
    quality civic learning outcomes

11
2006 Survey of Colorado Superintendents School
Boards
  • Top State Strategies that Would Help Districts
    Meet Their Civic Mission
  • School Board Members said
  • More state support to implement social studies
    standards (71)
  • More positive recognition of schools or districts
    that address their civic mission (71)
  • Stronger emphasis on civic mission in
    accreditation process (57)
  • More incentives and supports for schools and
    districts to build civic mission into district
    improvement plans (43)
  • Superintendents said
  • More resources (46)
  • More incentives for civic mission schools (40)
  • More recognition for civic mission schools (39)
  • Better links between high school civics voter
    registration (36)
  • Opportunity to review and update civics standards
    (36)
  • A stronger emphasis on teachers roles in
    educating for democracy (teacher prep and
    certification) (32)

12
2006 Survey of Colorado Superintendents School
Boards
  • Other State Strategies that Would Help
    Districts Meet Their Civic Mission
  • School Board Members said
  • Access to instructional materials (70)
  • More support to integrate civic learning into
    other content areas (57)
  • More professional development for teachers (43)
  • Superintendents said
  • More professional development (50)
  • More support to integrate civic learning into
    other content areas (50)
  • Better links b/w civics literacy instruction
    (36)
  • Better access to instructional resources online
    (43)
  • More recognition for quality practice in civic
    learning (39)

13
ECS Policy Checklist for States School
Districts
  • Standards Accountability
  • Curriculum Instruction
  • Professional Development
  • Resources/Funding
  • Partnerships
  • Shared Vision Culture

14
Reactor Panel A Conversation with Local Leaders
  • Dr. John Hefty, Moderator
  • Panelists
  • Dr. Monte Moses, Superintendent, Cherry Creek
    School District
  • Dr. Cindy Stevenson, Superintendent, Jefferson
    County Public Schools
  • Theresa Pena, DPS School Board President
  • Peggy Altoff, President, National Council for the
    Social Studies ( CO Springs D-11)
  • Suzanne de Lemos, Teacher, Adams 12
  • Jim Spehar, President, CO Municipal League

15
Educating for 21st Century Democracy
  • What is the responsibility of local leaders
    (education, municipal, community) prepare all
    youth to shape the civic future of Colorado
    communities?
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