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Resource Bank for Civic & Character Education

Updated August 26, 2019

 

General and Introductory Resources

 

Reading and Reflection

 

Robert Austin (August 2017). “Overview of Civics in the Utah Core Standards for Social Studies,” YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbJBvR9gcpM&t=2s 

Carnegie Corporation of New York (2011). “Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools,” https://www.carnegie.org/publications/guardian-of-democracy-the-civic-mission-of-schools/

Peter Levine and Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg (2017). The Republic is (Still) at Risk—and Civics is Part of the Solution. Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University. https://www.civxnow.org/static/media/SummitWhitePaper.fc2a3bb5.pdf

National Council for the Social Studies (2017). C3 Framework.  https://www.socialstudies.org/c3

Utah State Board of Education (2016). Utah Core State Standards for Social Studies.  https://www.schools.utah.gov/file/4a897eb8-f6c6-4025-8b7e-6666f10a8dec

Utah State Board of Education (2018). Social Studies Curriculum and Lesson Plan Toolbox.  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16VM2MHuRzoJyUQ-RKk7FngwL8Iup31ll7JLlkF1KO7Q/edit?ts=594855a7#gid=331359072

 

Resource Centers and Learning Networks

 

American Enterprise Institute

Annenberg Classroom

The Bob Graham Center

Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

Center for Civic Education

CIRCLE

The Lou Frey Institute

National Council for the Social Studies

 

 

 

Character & Social-Emotional Learning

 

Reading and Reflection

 

V. Clayton (2017). The Psychological Approach to Educating Kids. The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/03/the-social-emotional-learning-effect/521220/

Patty O’Grady, PhD. (2015). 7 Habits of Happy Children. Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/positive-psychology-in-the-classroom/201506/7-habits-happy-children

Smart Connection. (2018). Collin Kartchner Interview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PnMy-5yX60

Jonathan Cohen (2006). Social, Emotional, Ethical, and Academic Education: Creating a Climate for Learning, Participation in Democracy, and Well-Being. Harvard Educational Review, 76(2), 201–237. http://dx.doi.org/10.17763/haer.76.2.j44854x1524644vn

Pennsylvania State University. (2018). School Climate and Social and Emotional Learning: The Integration of Two Approaches.  https://www.air.org/sites/default/files/downloads/report/School-Climate-and-Social-and-Emotional-Learning-Integrative-Approach-January-2018.pdf

 

Resource Centers and Learning Networks

CASEL: Sample-Teaching-Activities-to-Support-Core-Competencies

Character Education (Public Schools of North Carolina)

Morningside Center SEL and Restorative Practices: Classroom Activities

 

 

Classroom Instruction I: Foundations of Democracy

Reading and Reflection

 

ConSource. (n.d.). Give and Take to Create a Constitution (Lesson Plan).  https://www.consource.org/static/lesson-plans/6-8_Constitutional_Convention_Give_and_Take.pdf

Parker, W. C., & Lo, J. C. (2016). Reinventing the High School Government Course: Rigor, Simulations, and Learning from Text. Democracy and Education, 24(1), 6. https://democracyeducationjournal.org/home/vol24/iss1/6

 

Resource Centers and Learning Networks

 

Annenberg Classroom

Bill of Rights Institute

Civic Action Project's Constitutional Rights Foundation

DocsTeach's The Constitution

Edsitement (National Endowment for the Humanities)

Foundations of Democracy Series

ICivics: Foundations of Government

National Archives DocsTeach

The Interactive Constitution (also an app)

Classroom Instruction II: Civic Responsibilities & Skills

 

Reading and Reflection
 

Kirlin, M. (2003). The Role of Civic Skills in Fostering Youth Civic Engagement. http://www.civicyouth.org/PopUps/WorkingPapers/WP06Kirlin.pdf

 

Resource Centers, Learning Networks, and Apps

ICivics

Countable

ICitizen

Votespotter

Brigade

Textizen

Ballotpedia

 

Controversial Issues Discussion/Current and Past Events

 

Reading and Reflection

 

Barton, K., & Levstik, L. S. (2004). Teaching History for the Common Good. https://members.socialstudies.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/store/teaching-history-for-the-common-good/474/

Better Angels Documentary (2018). https://www.better-angels.org/what-we-do/documentary/

Campbell, D. (2008). Voice in the Classroom: How an Open Classroom Climate Fosters Political Engagement Among Adolescents, Political Behavior, 30(4), 437–454. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11109-008-9063-z

Civic Discourse at the Constitutional Convention (Lesson Plan). https://www.consource.org/static/lesson-plans/9-12_Civic_Discourse_at_the_Constitutional_Convention.pdf

Difficult Dialogues and Hot Moments in the Classroom (2017). Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. https://provost.tufts.edu/celt/news/2017/03/27/difficult-dialogues-and-hot-moments-in-the-classroom/

Episode 61 Civic Education & Bridging the Partisan Divide with Chris Clark. https://soundcloud.com/visionsofed/episode-61-civic-education-bridging-the-partisan-divide-with-chris-clark

Hess, D. (2011). Discussions That Drive Democracy. Educational Leadership, 6. http://dm.education.wisc.edu/dhess/intellcont/2011-Hess-DISCUSSIONS-THAT-DRIVE-DEMOCRACY-EdLeadership-1.pdf

Journell, W. (2014). Teaching Politics in the U.S. History Classroom. The History Teacher, 48, 55–69. https://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncg/f/W_Journell_Teaching_2014.pdf

Moodie, D. (n.d.). Current Events Lesson.  https://www.learner.org/workshops/middlewriting/images/pdf/W2DM-L.pdf

Nokes, J. (2019). Teaching History, Learning Citizenship. Teachers College Press. https://www.tcpress.com/teaching-history-learning-citizenship-9780807761922

Spiegler, J. (2014). Teaching about Controversial or Difficult Issues | Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility. https://www.morningsidecenter.org/teachable-moment/lessons/teaching-about-controversial-or-difficult-issues

 

 

Resource Centers and Learning Networks

 

The Choices Program (Brown University).

The Civil Debate Wall

Deliberating in a Democracy—Constitutional Rights Foundation.

Facing History and Ourselves

Utah Education Network: Holocaust and Genocide Education

ISideWith: Voting guide for elections, political issues, candidates, and poll data.

Mikva Challenge

The Political Classroom: Resources for Teachers

ProCon.org—Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues

 

 

 

 

News Literacy

 

Reading and Reflection

 

Barthel, M. (2018). Can Americans Tell Factual from Opinion Statements in the News? Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project: https://www.journalism.org/2018/06/18/distinguishing-between-factual-and-opinion-statements-in-the-news/

Stony Brook Center for News Literacy. Course Pack: https://digitalresource.center/course-pack

Data Defenders (Grades 4-6). (2018). MediaSmarts: http://mediasmarts.ca/digital-media-literacy/educational-games/data-defenders-grades-4-6

I Don’t Buy It: Critical Media Literacy in the Fifth Grade. (2016). National Council for the Social Studies: https://www.socialstudies.org/publications/ssyl/november-december2015/i_dont_buy_it_critical_media_literacy_in_the_fifth_grade

Newman, N. (2019). Overview and Key Findings of the 2018 Digital News Report. http://www.digitalnewsreport.org/survey/2019/overview-key-findings-2019/

Part of a Community Online. (2017, September 25). Teaching Tolerance website: https://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources/tolerance-lessons/part-of-a-community-online

Sensible Consumers. (2017). Teaching Tolerance: https://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources/tolerance-lessons/sensible-consumers

TEDx Talks. (2018). Can flip phones end our social media addiction? | Collin Kartchner | TEDxSaltLakeCity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMb0wqTqE_4&fbclid=IwAR2wPC-kCbswtWe7AcHKpne_oWIHEDPcQdHM7w-4SzT4gWWSxssn1VoBQ4I

The Media Insight Project. (2018, June 11). Americans and the News Media: What they do — and don’t — understand about each other. American Press Institute: https://www.americanpressinstitute.org/publications/reports/survey-research/americans-and-the-news-media/

The News Literacy Project. (2014). Connected Classrooms Summer PD: Virtual Learning with the News Literacy Project.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qvJflZGFgs&feature=youtu.be

Vanessa Otero. Choose Your News: Bias and Quality in the U.S. Media. https://libguides.d125.org/ld.php?content_id=30308180

 


 

Resource Centers and Learning Networks

 

Civic Online Reasoning | Stanford History Education Group

NetSafe Utah

Newseum

News Literacy Project (See Checkology resources, which require a subscription)

 

 

 

School Climate & Community

 

Reading and Reflection
 

Cohen, J. School Climate: Engaging the Whole Village, Teaching the Whole Child. The Challenge, 16(4). https://www.schoolclimate.org/themes/schoolclimate/assets/pdf/cohen_onschoolclimate_iv1%20copy.pdf

Numbers Tell a Story: Using School Climate Data to Drive Student Engagement and Motivation. WestEd: https://www.wested.org/resources/using-school-climate-data-to-drive-student-engagement-and-motivation/

Scanlan, M., & López, F. (2012). ¡Vamos! How School Leaders Promote Equity and Excellence for Bilingual Students: Educational Administration Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/0013161X11436270

Thapa, A., & Guffey, S. (2012). SCHOOL CLIMATE RESEARCH SUMMARY: August 2012. National School Climate Center, 21. https://www.schoolclimate.org/themes/schoolclimate/assets/pdf/practice/sc-brief-research.pdf

Pennsylvania State University. (2018). School Climate and Social and Emotional Learning: The Integration of Two Approaches. https://www.air.org/sites/default/files/downloads/report/School-Climate-and-Social-and-Emotional-Learning-Integrative-Approach-January-2018.pdf

 

Resource Centers and Learning Networks

 

Anti-Defamation League: Anti-Bias Tools & Strategies

Teaching Tolerance: Topics that Shape Student Lives.

Utah Education Network: Supporting Students New to America

Utah Education Network: Equity & Advocacy Parent & Student Toolkit

 

 

Service Learning​ and Experiential Civics


Reading and Reflection
 

CIRCLE (2017).  When Civic Skill Development Translates to Broader Youth Development: A Program Profile.  https://civicyouth.org/when-civic-skill-development-translates-to-broader-youth-development-a-program-profile/

Dill, M. (2008). How to Implement Easy Service Learning Projects in Your Grade School Classroom.  Bright Hub Education. https://www.brighthubeducation.com/teaching-elementary-school/20895-easy-service-learning-projects-for-all-grade-schoolers/

Education Commission of the States (2019). 50-State Comparison: State Policies for Service-Learning. https://www.ecs.org/state-policies-for-service-learning/

Edutopia (2015). Service Learning: Real-Life Applications for Learning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t30ZMX8uGw

Edutopia (2019). Building Empathy Through Community Projects. https://www.edutopia.org/video/building-empathy-through-community-projects

Wolpert-Gawron, H. (2016). What the Heck Is Service Learning? Edutopia. https://www.edutopia.org/blog/what-heck-service-learning-heather-wolpert-gawron

 

 

Resource Centers and Links to Local Service Opportunities*

 

DoSomething.org

Generation Citizen

GenerationOn

Innovations in Civic Participation

JustServe: find service and volunteer opportunities where you live (also has an app). This non-denominational program is operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

National Action Civics Collaborative

Service Projects—UEN

Utah 211: find service and volunteer opportunities where you live (also has an app). Operated by United Way of Salt Lake in conjunction with other Utah United Ways.

Youth Service America

 

 

*In most instances it is up to teachers and students to tie community service to civic learning.

Simulations of Democratic Processes & Extracurricular Activities​


Reading and Reflection

 

Beard, D. (2017). Civics and Expanded Learning Opportunities. School’s Out Washington: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0515/3189/files/2017_SOWA_Civics_Brief.pdf?8675530871623317530

Kawashima-Ginsberg, K. (2014). Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Neville—Portraits of American Teenagers’ Extracurricular Involvement and Implications for Educational Interventions (No. 80). CIRCLE. http://civicyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/WP_80_KawashimaGinsberg.pdf

Research and Evaluation—We the People. (web page of studies). http://www.civiced.org/resources/research/researchevaluation/wtp-research

Thomas, R. J., & McFarland, D. A. (2010). FEATURED: Extracurricular Activities May Increase Likelihood of Voting.  CIRCLE. https://civicyouth.org/featured-extracurricular-activities-may-increase-likelihood-of-voting/

 

Resource Centers and Learning Networks

4-H Hands-On Learning & Education Programs for Kids

Better Days 2020 Projects

Future Business Leaders of America

Future Educators – Helping America’s Future Teachers

Future Farmers of America

Junior Statesmen of America (Be the People)

Spy Hop in Schools

Utah High School Activities Association Speech & Debate.

Utah Film Center Media Education: For Teachers and Students

Utah History Day – Utah Division of State History

Utah Law Related Education—home of We The People, We The People, Mock Trials, and more.

Utah League of Cities and Towns

Key Club: Service Program for High School Students

National Model United Nations

 

 

 

 

Student Voice

 

Reading and Reflection
 

Alberty, E. (2019). After students describe racism at a Utah high school, advisory committee says ‘Redmen’ mascot should go.  The Salt Lake Tribunehttps://www.sltrib.com/news/education/2019/01/16/southern-utah-high/

Pace, Judith L. (2016). Cultivating Student Voice and Civic Engagement in Elementary School. Theory and Research in Social Education, 44: 277-282https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00933104.2016.1171684

Mitra, D., Serriere, S., & Stoicovy, D. (2012). The role of leaders in enabling student voice: Management in Education. https://doi.org/10.1177/0892020612445678