At a White House event this past January, the Obama Administration released its Road Map for civic learning, “Advancing Civic Learning and Engagement in Democracy.” The Road Map outlines nine steps the Department of Education is undertaking to increase civic learning and engagement across our country.
The Civic Learning and Engagement Initiative is requesting feedback from you on how DOE should implement 4 of the 9 steps and define “civic learning and engagement”. We encourage educators, practitioners, students, researchers, and any other interested parties to submit thoughtful opinions, ideas, suggestions and comments. Please submit all comments by November 30th to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on directly on the blog.
Debate Watching Guides: For students, faculty and staff planning to host debate-watching parties or just looking for advice on how to analyze what they hear when the candidates debate in October, there are plenty of great resources out there. The League of Women Voters’ Debate Watching 101 includes advice on how to prepare for the debates and what questions to ask yourself as you watch. The Commission on Presidential Debates has a guide to hosting Debate Watch parties in your community. And Rock the Vote is set to release a guide specific to the upcoming 2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential debates; we’ll include that in a future post once it’s available.
Promising Practices for Personal and Social Responsibility: Findings from a National Research Collaborative, a web-based publication from the Core Commitments project, is now available for download. Drawing on meetings of a distinguished group of educational researchers, Promising Practices highlights select national/multi-institutional data and major themes along five dimensions of personal and social responsibility. Importantly, the report also offers a set of evidence-based recommendations for improving campus practice in relation to educating students for personal and social responsibility. Learn more about this publication online.
Check out what Pacific University is up to.. an introduction to the Center for Civic Engagement, update on Alternative Breaks, the Cornerstone requirement, and how to stay connected to their innovative work! http://mim.io/f44b72?fe=1&pact=8595094481
Campus Vote Project Toolkit
The Campus Vote Project, launched in 2012, is a campaign to help college students work with administrators and local election officials to make the process of voting easier and overcome barriers students often face to voting that students often mention such as residency laws, registration deadlines, and strict voter ID requirements. Every campaign needs a plan, so start building yours! Download the Campus Vote Project Toolkit: http://bit.ly/HSNf3X
Love data like I do? Check out this opportunity to take our number friends and make them into a beautiful story worthy of an award. More below!
The Civic Data Challenge turns the raw data of “civic health” into beautiful, useful applications and visualizations, enabling communities to be better understood and made to thrive.
Civic health data has been collected for years, and we now have an opportunity to make this trove of community insight more valuable and accessible to decision makers and the public. The Civic Data Challenge will bring new eyes, new minds, new findings, and new skill sets to the field of civic health. Designers, data scientists, researchers, and app developers are especially encouraged to Join the Challenge.
SAVE THE DATE! FRIDAY, JUNE 1
You’re invited! Join us for the
Portland Action Summit: Leadership for the Next Generation
Friday, June 1. 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Portland State University
On June 1, City Club, PSU, Oregon Campus Compact and other partner organizations invite you to join us at the Portland Action Summit, which will provide opportunities for a diverse group of students, educators and community leaders to explore strategies for enhancing youth engagement.
The summit will include many interactive sessions including a:
- “We the People” competition
- Policy charette moderated by Carole Smith, superintendent of Portland Public Schools and other community leaders
- Friday Forum featuring three of our city’s most civically-engaged young citizens
- Training Sessions
- Partner Fair
Keep your eyes and ears open – more information coming soon. For more information, email Charity Fain or call 503-228-7231 x101.
City Club of Portland is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic affairs organization that promotes civic engagement and active citizenship to build a stronger community. Through unbiased research and compelling programs, City Club connects citizens with ideas and issues that affect our community. City Club is open to everyone who wants to interact with other citizens and shape the future of our city and state, providing a neutral forum for many diverse voices. For more information about City Club of Portland, visit http://www.pdxcityclub.org or call 503-228-7231.