Award winners to be honored on Constitution Day in Topeka
Eight Kansas schools will be recognized in September for the civic engagement opportunities they offer students, said Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson.
The Civic Advocacy Network (CAN) was established by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) in order to recognize schools that actively involve students in civic engagement opportunities and to help collect exemplary civic engagement practices to share with schools across the state. The ultimate goal of CAN is to promote civic engagement as part of all preK-12 students’ experiences.
Schools that meet the award criteria receive one of two designations – School of Excellence or School of Promising Practice.
Award applicants must show student engagement around the “Six Proven Practices for Effective Civic Learning:”
Each award applicant also has to submit evidence that one or more of the following takes place around the six practices:
Schools named as Schools of Excellence are a part of CAN for three years. At the end of the three-year period, each school must reapply.
Schools that apply for the CAN award but aren’t named a School of Excellence have the opportunity to be named a School of Promising Practice. This award is given to schools that have a particularly innovative, effective or unique program that shows potential for impacting student engagement.
This is the first time CAN has named award recipients.
The inaugural CAN award winners are:
Schools receiving Promising Practice Awards are:
Applications were due June 1 and schools were evaluated and scored by Aug. 1. Award winners were announced by Watson during the Kansas State Board of Education meeting Tuesday, Aug. 14, in Topeka.
All schools will be recognized at 1 p.m. on Constitution Day – Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Memorial Building Auditorium, 120 S.W. 10th Ave. in Topeka.
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