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Discussions Discussion Center for Civic Education NEWS
Center for Civic Education, Nov. 7, 2011

American Enterprise Institute Report Lauds Project Citizen as a Teacher-Training Model
October 20, 2011

The American Enterprise Institute recently released a report (http://bit.ly/vyZ7cv) by Diana Hess and John Zola that calls for increased and more effective teacher training in civic education.

Hess and Zola stress that “the quality of teaching is the most powerful determinant of students’ access to a meaningful civic education,” yet most teachers do not have the opportunity to receive meaningful civics training from knowledgeable mentors.

The report goes on to single out Project Citizen as one such civics training program. Specifically, the report describes the approach taken by the Center for Education in Law and Democracy (http://www.lawanddemocracy.org/), the Denver-based organization that directs the Center for Civic Education’s programs in Colorado, and concludes that there is “strong evidence that this authentic form of civic education has powerful and lasting effects.”

Center for Civic Education

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Discussions Discussion Project Citizen
Center for Civic Education, Oct. 18, 2011

Nice intro to Project Citizen. Good for training purposes.

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Discussions Discussion Project Citizen
Dimitria Kamaris, Oct. 16, 2011

I created a wiki last year for my kids to post and work on their projects in addition to the actual portfolio and binder. Here’s the link if anyone wants to take a look. My kids work in small groups rather than a whole class.

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Discussions Discussion Project Citizen
Barbara Miller, Oct. 15, 2011

For students getting started with power point presentations, the attached template is a good starting point for make slides for each step in the problem-solving process. Colorado teacher, Terri Bramwell, is the developer.
Here’s a sample of a power point portfolio developed by teachers using the template in during professional development.

Barbara Miller
Comments (3)
  • Natale Fuller Natale Fuller Oct. 15, 2011
    Thanks Barbara. This template is a great resource! At CCE, we frequently receive inquiries for tools like this that demonstrate how to transfer a portfolio presentation online, such an important skill.
    In transitioning the Project Citizen board topics to powerpoints, we've unfortunately seen many incomplete or unorganized powerpoint presentations. This template would seem to alleviate the problem of missing PC process components, such as “Is it constitutional?” Should there be additional instruction for PC teachers on creating powerpoints? The concern over poor powerpoints is certainly not a Project Citizen alone issue - we've all been to meetings with powerpoints that have too many bullets on a slide, font too small, unclear connections etc. How do we ensure our PC presentations reach for a high standard?
    There has been past discussion on creating a rubric/grading scale for PC powerpoints. Some argue that the portfolio rating sheet is enough.
    Thoughts? Has anyone developed a powerpoint/electronic portfolio rubric?
  • Center for Civic Education Center for Civic Education Oct. 15, 2011
    This is a terrific idea. I'd love to hear if there's anything out there that's already been developed.
  • Dimitria Kamaris Dimitria Kamaris Oct. 16, 2011
    Thanks Barbara- These are great templates!

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Discussions Discussion Project Citizen
Center for Civic Education, Oct. 13, 2011

As much as I like this promo video for Project Citizen, I think that it needs to be updated. Any suggestions?

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  • Amy Sutherland Amy Sutherland Oct. 14, 2011
    The video would be more impactful if it were, well, a video - as opposed to a slide show. Interview a few students and community officials who participated in the program in the past. Have them describe success stories from the program. Edit those stories into the slide show format. In other words, this slide show needs video testimonials to bring it to life. I hope this feedback helps. It seems like a great project.
  • Natale Fuller Natale Fuller Oct. 15, 2011
    I agree!

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