Let your voice be heard in support of Civic Learning!
What you can do:
At the Local and State level you can:
Education policy is largely made at the state and local levels. Write, call or email your local School Board, your State Board of Education, your State Legislator, and your Governor. Tell them you want to see more attention paid to Civic Learning. Tell them you want all students in your community and in your state to have the opportunity to receive high quality Civic Learning throughout their K-12 and Higher Education experience. Tell them you would like to see your state employ all of the six proven practices of the ‘Guardian of Democracy: the Civic Mission of Schools’ Report. Ask your local and state Boards of Education to provide a report on Civic Learning in your community or state. Ask your state legislature to hold a hearing on the Civic Mission of Schools in your state. Let your Governor know you want more time and educational resources devoted to Civic Learning.
To support Civic Learning nationally you can:
Write or email your US Senator and Member of the US House of Representatives and tell them you want the US Department of Education to devote more attention and resources to Civic Learning.
Write or email your Member of the US House of Representatives (your Congressperson) and ask them to support and sign on to Co-Sponsor HR3464, the "Sandra Day O'Connor Civic Learning Act of 2011," in the United States House of Representatives, introduced by Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) and Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA). Here is more information on the Act. Here is a ‘Dear Colleague Letter' Congressman Cole and Congressman Honda sent all members of the US House about the Act, urging them to sign on as co-sponsors.
HR3464 calls on the National Assessment Governing Board to provide disaggregated (or state level) data from the National Assessments of Educational Progress (NAEPs) in Civics and History; the Act establishes a competitive grant program for civic learning at the US Department of Education, stressing innovation and serving currently under-served school populations.
Provision of the state level data from the NAEPs in Civics and History will allow the states to judge for themselves how well their schools are meeting their civic mission. Civic learning needs a small competitive grant program to spur innovation, promote successful learning strategies and to develop teaching strategies and programs to meet the needs to currently under-served school populations.
Here is a sample letter that you can modify and send to show your support of the “Sandra Day O’Connor Civic Learning Act.”
You can type in your Zip Code below and send an email directly to your Congressperson showing your support for Civic Learning.