Planning & Improvement
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Frank Pisi, Curriculum Specialist
Rachel Perry, Director, Research & Evaluation
Funded by a grant from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the Action Civics Initiative is designed to increase civic awareness and engagement in 14 middle and high schools throughout the Sacramento region. Participating schools receive onsite and virtual support from SCOE staff as teams of teachers develop and implement Action Civics work plans aim at seamlessly combining civics content,
California Common Core literacy standards, and 21st century skills.
Teachers engage students in an investigative process around a problem, issue, or challenge identified by the students. Teachers then lead students through an investigative process and provide resources and tools. Strategies that help students conduct their own research, gather and weigh differing perspectives, and develop and present their own ideas are an integral part of the process.
The Action Civics Initiative includes three main components designed to support participating schools to engage students in civics content and action civics projects:
- Development of an Action Civics Learning Framework;
- Provision of sustained professional development opportunities; and
- Development of regional and community partnerships.
These components, coordinated by the Action Civics Coordinator, provide the support necessary to implement the Initiative's vision and theory of action. Over time, support will also be offered to teachers outside the original set of 14 schools, enhancing the sustainability of the Action Civics Initiative.
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