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Individuals sharing their skills and knowledge through actions intended to improve communities, states, nations, the world, and themselves.

September 2023 Civic Advocacy Network Award Winner Showcase

November 2023 Civic Advocacy Network Award Winner Showcase


Civic Advocacy Network

2024 Civic Advocacy Network Award Application Application in pdf format for planning purposes.
2024 Civic Advocacy Network Award ApplicationCompleted Applications are due to KSDE by May 3, 2024.
Civic Advocacy Network Award Scoring Rubic This document provides educators with information about the scoring process for the application.

Congratulations to the 2023 Civic Advocacy Network (CAN) award winners! 

  • Heatherstone Elementary School – USD 233
  • Central Heights High School – USD 288
  • Grinnell Middle School – USD 291
  • Southeast of Saline Elementary School – USD 306
  • Charles Stones Intermediate Center – USD 457
  • Lincoln Elementary School – USD 475
  • Spring Valley Elementary School – USD 475
  • Fort Riley Elementary School – USD 475
  • Junction City High School – USD 475
  • Shawnee Mission North High School – USD 512

They join the CAN award winners:

  • Cimarron Jr./Sr. High – USD 102
  • Tanglewood Elementary – USD 260
  • Southeast of Saline High – USD 306
  • Mission Valley Jr/Sr High School – USD 330
  • Concordia Junior-Senior High School – USD 333
  • Circle High School – USD 375
  • Edith Scheuerman Elementary School – USD 457
  • Basehor-Linwood High School – USD 458
  • Basehor Intermediate School – USD 458
  • Junction City Middle School – USD 475
  • Milford Elementary – USD 475
  • Fort Riley Middle School – USD 475
  • Ware Elementary – USD 475
  • Stone Creek Elementary – USD 260 (promising practice)
  • Quinter Jr/Sr High School – USD 293 (promising practice)
  • Northern Hills Elementary – USD 345 (promising practice)

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 Practices 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 Lead
Dr. Jessica Dorsey, Executive Director, Kansas Volunteer Commission
(785) 296-3163

Deputy Commissioner:
Division of Learning Services

Dr. Ben Proctor
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Beth Fultz
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Natalie D. Clark
(785) 296-4351

Assistant Director: 
Curricular Standards

Dr. David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director: 

Julie Ewing
(785) 296-2325

Assistant Director: 
Kansas Volunteer Commission

Dr. Jessica Dorsey
(785) 296-3163

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