From the Coordinator:
Civic Education –
Senator Gallo/Representative Story
· Rhode Island Civic Education Standards are posted on the www.civic-ri.org website under standards.
· Please remember there are multiple civic education resources/information on the www.civic-ri.org website.
School Violence Prevention Demonstration Program:
This year, SVPDP has reached all seven
Rick Taylor’s class at Springfield, MS. The students did a PC project and a PowerPoint presentation on “cyber bullying.” In attendance were, Stephen Smith, RI State Representative, David Igilozzi, Providence Councilman, and a Providence School Department Technology official.
To demonstrate the direct link of literacy and civic education
These Institutes are conducted at the
Rhode Island Project Citizen Showcase was conducted in June.
The individual class hearings were
an exhausting endeavor. Carlo Gamba and others were committed to view/hear each
class. Once that process was
completed, toward the end of May,
The winning project concerned animal “spaying”. A strong aspect of the project was that students volunteered their efforts at the local animal shelter. They cared for and washed animals, cleaned pens and helped the animal control officers. The students really got to know and understand animal control issues. The class was led by their teacher, Tamara Paulo, a veteran Pc teacher.
It is fair to say that
Michael Trofi, State Facilitator, as part of a national panel discussion in Washington, DC with Jennifer Burns from Arizona and Steve Brognaw from Virginia on civic engagements.
If you are interested in participating in this national movement to
promote the “civic mission of schools” please contact the Center for Civic
· Of special note is the cooperation within the SVPDP programs which has a very strong and sharing network of coordinators. The Coordinator would like to publicly thank Myron Yoder and Melissa Bell who are willing to share their work to align their effort to the literacy standards. For example, they have aligned specific writing and reading (literature) strategies and activities to civic education content. They do a fabulous job.
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution:
There are two interesting notes
Natalie O’Brien far left and her students
The Institutes are Project Citizen (7/16 to 7/22/07) which is primarily for Northeastern states’ participants and We the People (7/24 to 8/1/07) is primarily for New Englanders. Applications for PC are at www.civiced.org while WTP can be found at www.civiced-ri.org.
From time to time, various professional development opportunities are available and registrations close quickly. To give you an idea, consider:
September 2007 - Civil
Rights Institute –
John Marshall –
James Madison –
Summer 2008 - Project Citizen Institute
- We the People Institute
- National Endowment for Humanities
(a multitude of opportunities)
As information is gathered as to the exact times and dates, please check the www.civiced-ri.org website for information.
The National assessment of Education Progress has released a “nation’s report card” on student basic knowledge of civic education. Although the results were not good, they were predictable.
Civic knowledge is increasing for 4th graders but not for older students. A basic finding of the study is that the more time spent in civic education programs the higher the success rate (This must be rocket science!).
If you are interested in the entire NAEP report, go to http:/nationsreportcard.gov.