Students identify and choose the issue to tackle and lead the action toward change.
Students choose issues that are relevant to their own lives and experiences in community.
Students engage in the political process advocating for policies that address systemic root causes.
During and after the project is complete, students spend time considering their efforts and impact.
“Overall, Action Civics brought issues to the forefront in my class. I was surprised to see the general apathy turn around in several of my students.” (pictured with students Jahbari Jenkins and Delanoe Kessee)
“My students really felt like their opinions did not matter. But [ActionCivics] raised an awareness and provoked a new thought inside of them.‘Yes, I do matter, and I can help make a change.’”
“Before, my students were so used to dividing and conquering that they realized true group work needs to be done in a group, not divided up. Also their ability to see that civics is not just studied or even researched, but an action of doing civic skills and doing activities that lead to positive change.”
"Working together in op-ed drafts, pouring over survey data to determine how to present a powerful story, practicing a presentation for the 8th time, so it's just right: these are the types of 21st century skills that we need. Our students need to know how to collaborate effectively, problem solve on their feet, think innovatively, and communicate their ideas clearly and powerfully." (pictured with student Carla Duran Capellan)
"Students were able to reevaluate their issues to manageable, important, and workable issues. They pulled together, even when they didn't agree or when they couldn't find common ground, but they came together for the greater good. The way they came together towards the end, in both classes, was truly remarkable."
Do you want your civics coursework to come alive and connect with your students, preparing them for a lifetime of participation in our democracy and their community?
Do you want to see your students do more than simply vote, bringing real change in their community?
Do you want to bridge your classroom with your community?