Civic Ed Opportunities
The Center and KSU Offer Teacher Professional Development
Students deserve great teachers! Kansas State University and the Center for Civic Education now offer three online ways to continue your teacher professional development. Looking for continuing education units or graduate credit? Sign up today!
Watch a video describing the CCE-KSU online courses below:
2012 Better Government Competition
The federal government has increasingly gained control over a number of traditional state roles. This control has the effect of stifling innovation in the states and further separating government decision makers from the governed.
What is the Better Government Competition?
The Competition is an annual citizens’ idea contest that seeks out and rewards the most innovative public policy ideas. Since 1991, the Competition has provided a public forum where promising new ideas and tested reforms can be discussed and promoted. Since the Competition’s establishment, implementation of winning entries has saved Massachusetts taxpayers well over half a billion dollars.
The 2012 competition will focus on federal programs that can be devolved to the states — with benefits like cost savings, more effective delivery of services, or innovation as a result.
Projects in Civic Engagement Endorses “Generation Citizen”
Here’s a special opportunity for BU students, described by Beverly Hersh:
I am the official BU College Coordinator for a non-profit called Generation Citizen, a rapidly growing organization that pushes to promote social service education to underprivileged youths in the Boston, Providence, and New York communities by using an action oriented approach.
The mission of this organization is to expand democratic participation among youth populations that have been historically under-represented or actively excluded from the political process. To do this we train college volunteers (you!) as mentors who go to a local high school twice a week to co-teach our semester-long, action-oriented course on effective citizenship.
The high school students select an issue and learn about the political process by actually taking action on their issue. Last year, we had students focusing on gang violence because their friends had fallen victim to guns, working on teen jobs because they couldn’t find employment, and learning about immigration because one of their parents had been deported. They then took action by meeting with legislators, writing opinion articles, and filming documentaries.
Being a mentor can be challenging, but you can get a lot out of the program through training, classroom experience, and knowledge on civics and teaching. Whether you are interested in policy or education, this program is a way to help give a voice to underserved communities and increase political participation. I was a mentor myself at Malden High last semester, and I can say that I had some of the most rewarding experiences of my life by being involved in this process. I know we have a smart, outgoing, active and truly overachieving student population here at BU, the members of which would be perfect mentors for Generation Citizen.
Feel free to check out the official GC website at http://generationcitizen.org/.
To get involved, please fill out the mentor application at the following link: https://spreadsheets.google.com/a/generationcitizen.org/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dHdIX1FmTDRJdU9KekdZN3NIXzdTMWc6MA#gid=0
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org.