Chicago Public Schools is partnering with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to announce the Global Citizenship Initiative, an effort to strengthen civic learning in urban school districts and prepare young people for participation in our democracy.
The Global Citizenship Initiative addresses a civic achievement gap, caused by a lack of high-quality, school-based civic learning opportunities. University professors, civic organization leaders and teachers collaborated to develop the course framework, teacher resources, and assessments. The program will be piloted this year to high school seniors in several schools.
Those schools include: Alcott, Amundsen, Chicago Virtual, Clemente, Curie, Gage Park, Infinity, Julian, Kelly, Ogden International, Phillips, Steinmetz, TEAM Englewood, Uplift, and Washington.
“Making high-quality, school-based civic learning opportunities for all Chicago students is vital to sustaining democracy, both at the local and national levels,” said David Hiller, president and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
“Our collective future depends on the ability of the next generation not only to vote, but also to take action to keep our communities vibrant and our system of government strong. The McCormick Foundation salutes CPS, its community and university partners, and our fellow funders for making this pioneering urban civic learning initiative in our city possible.”
The Chicago Public Schools Global Citizenship Initiative (GCI) will significantly expand and improve civic education in Chicago. The new plan focuses on a year-long civic learning curriculum for high school seniors built around three core components: civic literacy, civic action, and student leadership. These core components will exist within a broader CPS K-12 social science framework. Here is what students will do:
- Civics Literacy- draft classroom constitutions after a simulation of the constitutional convention, create voter education guides, work on voter registration and voter turn-out campaigns, work on case studies of non-profit organizations and volunteer
- Civic Action- in addition to current CPS graduation requirements of three classroom-integrated service projects, the GCI will extend these opportunities. Students will perform work in the community that is connected to their civics/financial literacy courses. This work will involve local nonprofits such as the Mikva Challenge, the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Facing History and Ourselves and the League of Women Voters.
- Student leadership- GCI schools will offer students leadership training, guidance, and organizational support to allow them to lead meaningful school improvement initiatives (e.g., anti-cyber bullying policies, after school program strategy, etc.). As a result of this training, students will be equipped to address critical school policy questions that impact student learning, wellness and overall success.
The Chicago Public Schools Global Citizenship Initiative is supported through funding provided by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Spencer Foundation. The McCormick Foundation is also a sponsor of Facing History and Ourselves' Choosing to Participate exhibition at Harold Washington Library through November 11, 2012.
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