What Works

Golden Valley High School students showcase their civic knowledge during a We the People demonstration.

Golden Valley High School students showcase their civic knowledge during a We the People demonstration.

The following core activities – “The Six Proven Practices” – are shown to improve the quality and effectiveness of civic learning both in and out of the classroom and ultimately build a stronger and more engaged society:

  • Classroom instruction in government, history, law and democracy combining formal instruction of fact and documents with illustration and discussion demonstrating their relevance and application in today’s society
  • Discussion of current events and controversial issues, including their relevance to young people’s lives
  • Service learning experiences that are directly linked to curriculum and instruction and provide students a chance to apply what they are learning
  • Extracurricular activities that give students opportunities to get involved in their schools and communities and work together toward a common goal
  • Student participation in school governance to cultivate a sense of responsibility and give students an opportunity participate in the management of their own classrooms and schools
  • Simulations of democratic processes that allow students to participate in simulated voting, trials, legislative deliberation, and diplomacy

By implementing these practices in all schools for all K-12 students, we can build a stronger, healthier and more engaged democratic society.

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