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2019 Civic Advocacy Network ApplicationThis is the application for consideration in the Kansas State Department of Education's Civic Advocacy Network Awards Program. Deadline June 1st.
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 eight schools that make up the inaugural class of the KSDE Civic Advocacy Network and the four schools identified as having promising civic engagement practices in place.

The inaugural class of the Civic Advocacy Network

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

Four Schools were awarded “Promising Practices” awards

  • Valley Heights High School USD #498 Blue Rapids Practice 1 and 2
  • Florence Wilson Elementary USD #457 Garden City Practice 2
  • Merriam Park Elementary USD #512 Shawnee Mission Practice 3
  • Seaman High School USD #345 Topeka Practice 1

Applications for the 2019 Civic Advocacy Network Award will be available in early 2019 with applications due June 1st. We hope you all will participate.

Educator Resources for Civic Engagement

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

Civic Engagement Lead
Jessica Noble
(785) 296-3163

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979

Assistant Director

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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