CIVIC EMPOWERMENT ZONE
#BringCivicsBack is a brief two-page document with supporting links that includes:
The Need for Civic Education
We Know Quality Civic Education Works
The Proposed Legislation
Meeting the Need for Teacher Professional Development
Time to Act - Here's What You Can Do
Posted March 24, 2015
Blog Post 3/25/15
Read the letter dated March 24, 2015 to Representative Deborah Conroy from the President and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and the President and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust describing the commitment of the corporate and foundation communities to supporting a public-private partnership to provide funds needed for professional development for a three-year transition period. Blog post 3/25/15
The Civic Empowerment Zone is the CAC’s youth civic education program and provides resources to fill the gap in civic education at our public schools and promotes the idea that civic education is a learned skill. Just like other subjects such as reading, math, art, and science, civic skills must be practiced regularly in order to develop proficiency and confidence.
Our program provides a multitude of resources to teachers that can be easily integrated into current curricula and works to transform the communities in which youth live and interact with into a “civic laboratory” where youth learn how to effectively address issues important to them and harness their civic power to affect change. These resources include free civic education lesson plans as well as free speakers including community lawyers from CAC as well as plaintiffs from landmark U.S. Supreme Court First Amendment cases.
Successes of CAC’s Civic Empowerment Zone include: