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Oct
28
Fri
2016
The Citizen Lyceum: Bill of Rights @ Asa Waters Mansion
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Massachusetts Center for Civic Education (MACCE) will unveil its adult learning initiative on Friday, October 28th, at the Asa Waters Mansion in Millbury, Massachusetts, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Citizen Lyceum is intended to give greater understanding about American government. Its first topic will be on the Bill of Rights. MACCE is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that promotes civic learning and engagament in the community from primary through higher and continuing education. Through its We the People programs we support civic education in our schools and beyond. The event is free and open to the public. There will be light refreshments following the presentation provided by the Friends of Asa Waters Mansion. For further information please call Roger Desrosiers at 508-728-4733 or email at rodesros@gmail.com. http://masscivics.org/

Dec
9
Fri
2016
Center for Civic Education: Project Citizen Teachers Workshop @ John Adams Courthouse
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Center for Civic Education: Project Citizen Teachers Workshop

FIRST COME FIRST SERVE
Only 15 participants can be accommodated
 
*PDPs are available*

What is Project Citizen?
Project Citizen is a civic education program that promotes competent and responsible participants in state and local government.  It actively engages students in learning how to monitor and influence public policy and encourages civic participation among students, their parents, and members of the community.

As a class project, students work together to identify and study a public policy issue, eventually developing an action plan to persuade authorities to adopt their policy. The final product is a portfolio displaying each group’s work. Students fully engage because project is student driven and authentic.

In a culminating activity, the class presents its portfolio in a simulated legislative hearing, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of how public policy is formulated.  Classes also present their portfolios in the state showcase with other schools.

An outstanding cross curriculum project stressing researching, summarizing, public speaking, persuasive writing and arguing. Also the project also develops 21st century skills.

Project Citizen includes a process oriented instructional guide (2 levels available including Spanish). The teacher’s guide includes directions for leading the class through the five step process and developing a portfolio.  It also contains instructions and evaluation procedures for conducting a simulated legislative hearing. May be used in elementary classroom, middle school team or senior project..

About the Workshop
This active workshop is intended for grade 5-12 teachers.
·     Elementary ELA and SS
·     ESL – All grades
·     Middle School Teams
·     High School
·     Special Education

It features lesson demonstrations and a chance for participants to experience the program as their students would. It also includes advice and handouts on how to implement the program in classrooms and youth groups.

Participants will receive
·     Workshop materials include lessons and handouts for each step of the process
·     CD of resources
·     One level of Project Citizen sample text
·     Opportunity to participate in State Showcase, June 3, 2017
·     Correlations with the Massachusetts frameworks in history/social science, and language arts
·     Uses 21st Century skills
·     On going support from state coordinator

Project Citizen Outcomes
·     Skills and knowledge to be an effective citizen
·     Students value project’s authentic work
·     Practical experience that empowers students and fosters a sense of competence
·     Develops an understanding of the importance of citizen participation
·     The internalization of democratic values and principles through practice
·     Students accept responsibilities for their own learning and become independent learners
·     Students learn to make their own decisions
·     Students learn to budget their time and develop task commitment
·     Students learn problem solving skills,
·     Reinforce…extend…and transfer academic skills
·     They learn to work as a team

Lunch Included
Workshop Fee $30.00

To register, or for more information, please contact:
Massachusetts Coordinator
Ellen Barber-Morse: 617-686-5609   or
ellen.barber.morse@gmail.com

Jan
28
Sat
2017
We the People Simulated Congressional Hearing State Competition @ Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Jan 28 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The culminating activity for the We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution program is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” in front of a panel of judges acting as members of Congress. In addition to the simulated congressional hearings, some teachers, schools and districts choose to participate in the State and National Finals or the National Invitational. These additional learning opportunities can be exciting to many students and serve to further their understanding of the constitution and government.

Hearings

During the simulated hearings, students have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles through their testimony in front of a panel of judges. The entire class, working in cooperative teams, prepares and presents statements before a panel of community representatives acting as a congressional committee. Students then answer follow-up questions posed by the committee members. They will have the opportunity to evaluate, take and defend their position on a variety of historical and contemporary issues. In addition to the hands on learning experience the hearings offer, they also serve as an effective way for teachers to evaluate their student’s grasp of the material.