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Civic Advocacy Network

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Civic Advocacy Network Award One PagerRevised 08/28/17
Civic Advocacy Network Information GuideThis document provides educators with information about the Civic Advocacy Network Award application, evidence, process, and criteria for the award.

KSDE would like to congratulate the seven 2019 Civic Advocacy Network Award Winners and the three schools identified as having promising civic engagement practices in place in their schools.

The 2019 CAN award winners are:

  • Whittier Elementary, Winfield Unified School District 465
  • North Lyon County Elementary, North Lyon County USD 251
  •  Seaman High School, Seaman USD 345
  • Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee Mission USD 512
  • South Barber High School, South Barber USD 255
  • Swaney Elementary School, Derby USD 260
  • Santa Fe Trail Middle School, Olathe USD 233

They join the 2018 CAN award winners in the Civic Advocacy Network:

  • Complete High School, Maize USD 266
  • Derby Hills Elementary, Derby USD 260
  • Enders Community Service Magnet, Wichita USD 259
  • Garden City High School, Garden City USD 457
  • McPherson Middle School, McPherson USD 418
  • Park Hill Elementary, Derby USD 260
  • Starside Elementary, De Soto USD 232
  • Susan B. Anthony Middle School, Manhattan USD 383

Schools receiving the 2019 Promising Practice Awards are:

  • Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center, Garden City USD 457 for Practice #2
  • Derby High School, Derby USD 260 for Practice #4
  • West Middle School, Lawrence USD 497 for Practice #6

Applications for the 2020 Civic Advocacy Network Award will be available in early 2020 with applications due June 1. We hope you will participate.

Educator Resources for Civic Engagement

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10 Mostly Instructional Practices To Improve Civic Engagement in Any ClassroomThis document provides a list practices that can be used in any classroom regardless of grade or discipline that will improve the civic engagement of their students. Each practice has links to associated articles or resources about the practice.
Civic Engagement General ResourcesUpdated 11/27/2017. This is a list of some of the many resources available to help supplement the civic engagement work you are already doing in your buildings and districts.
Civic Engagement PresentationThis presentation is about the need for improving civic engagement in our students and the Civic Advocacy Network Award program, and outlines the Civic Advocacy Network program and the Six Proven Practice for Civic Learning.
Civic Engagement Tree VisualThis PDF is intended to assist districts in beginning to build an integrated curriculum around civic engagement.
Civil Discourse in the ClassroomThis resource is helpful in providing explicit instruction on how to teach students to participate in successful civil discourse in the classroom and life. Lessons are not subject specific but focus on the manner in which we talk about critical issues.
Facilitating Civil Discourse in the ClassroomThis document provides some suggestions about how best to facilitate civil discourse in your classroom.
Fostering Civil DiscourseThis resources gives teachers suggestions about how they might make their classrooms a safe and productive place to have critical conversations about today's issues.
Generation CitizenGeneration Citizen provides an excellent framework for student participation in civic engagement in the community.
Kansans Can Civic Engagement Fact SheetA fact sheet describing the Kansas State Department of Education's initiative around civic engagement. It includes a definition of civic engagement and a description of what good civic engagement education would include.
NCSS Position Paper: Revitalizing Civic Learning in Our SchoolsThis is the National Council for the Social Studies' (NCSS) position paper on improving civic learning in schools.
Participatory Budgeting in Schools GuideThis PDF lays out a plan for implementing participatory budgeting in your school. Please feel free to amend the timeline and the dollar amounts. This is a great way to improve the civic engagement of your students.
Six Proven Practices for Effective Civic LearningThe purpose of this guidebook is to serve as a resource—a what’s next?—for teachers, administrators, policymakers, and other education leaders who want to put these practices in place but are not sure how to begin.

Civic Engagement Coordinator
Don Gifford
(785) 296-3892
dgifford@ksde.org

Civic Engagement Lead
Jessica Noble
(785) 296-3163
jnoble@ksde.org

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303
bneuenswander@ksde.org

Director
Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142
sesmith@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979
slsmith@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards/Graduation
David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447
dfernkopf@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Assessment
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325
bfultz@ksde.org

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