North African Youth Engage in Policy Dialogue

Jul 23, 2014 / Civitas International Programs, Project Citizen

Youth and civil society leaders from Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya met in Hammamet, Tunisia, on June 5–7, 2014 to engage in public policy dialogue. Read the rest of this entry »

Philippines Holds National Project Citizen Showcase

Jun 11, 2014 / Civitas International Programs, Project Citizen

Seven teams of high school students presented policy-based solutions to local problems at the 2014 Philippines National Project Citizen Showcase. The Philippine Center for Civic Education and Democracy (PCCED), the Center’s Civitas International Programs partner in the Philippines, organized the showcase on April 5. Read the rest of this entry »

Malawi Teachers Educate Communities on Elections

May 19, 2014 / Civitas International Programs, Foundations of Democracy, Project Citizen

Civitas Malawi provided teachers with professional development in democracy and election processes in the lead-up to Malawi’s first tripartite elections, taking place on May 20, 2014. Based at the Domasi College of Education, Civitas Malawi is the Center’s Civitas International Programs partner in Malawi and has expertise in localized adaptations of Center’s Project Citizen and Foundations of Democracy civic education programs. Read the rest of this entry »

Peruvian Students Find Public Policy Solutions for Their Communities

Feb 18, 2014 / Civitas International Programs, Project Citizen

The Center for Civic Education’s Civitas International Programs partner in Peru, Instituto Peruano de Educación en Derechos Humanos y la Paz, is working with the Peruvian Human Rights Education National Net to support young people in ten regions of Peru to participate in the Project Citizen civic education program. Read the rest of this entry »

Burmese Youth Develop Public Policies

Feb 18, 2014 / Civitas International Programs, Project Citizen

Youth in Mandalay and Rangoon, Burma, presented policy projects at Project Citizen showcase events organized with the support of King Prajadhipok’s Institute, the Center for Civic Education’s Civitas International Programs partner in Thailand. The events culminated months of work by student groups, facilitated by their teachers, to research community issues and develop policy proposals to address those issues. Read the rest of this entry »

PCCED Kickstarts Project Citizen with Teacher Training in Nine Areas

Aug 19, 2013 / Civitas International Programs, Project Citizen

The Philippine Center for Civic Education and Democracy, the Center for Civic Education’s Civitas International Programs partner in the Philippines, has launched its 2013-14 Project Citizen program with teacher training workshops in the areas of Bacolod, Baguio, Batangas, Bohol, Davao, NCR, Rizal, Sorsogon, and Zamboanga. Read the rest of this entry »

Students Address Public Policy Issues for National Project Citizen Showcase

Jul 31, 2013 / 2013 National Showcase, Project Citizen

Project Citizen students continue to excel in their ability to address public issues in their communities. The 2013 Project Citizen National Showcase, which took place in Los Angeles on July 18-19, displayed the ability of students to solve their own local problems through richly informed civic engagement. Read the rest of this entry »

John Carroll University Students Volunteer in Cleveland Schools

Jul 31, 2013 / Project Citizen, We the People, Youth For Justice

Student volunteers from John Carroll University’s Center for Service and Social Action have been teaching American constitutionalism and citizenship  to fifth-graders in East Cleveland schools using We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution. They have engaged high school students in solving public policy problems using Project Citizen and have helped middle schoolers identify and respond to issues in the community using Youth for Justice. Read the rest of this entry »

Jordanian Students Exhibit Policy Projects

Jul 31, 2013 / Civitas International Programs, Project Citizen

Twenty-seven student teams from throughout Jordan exhibited public policy research and solutions at the annual Jordan Project Citizen showcase organized by the Jordanian Center for Civic Education on May 18, 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Use Project Citizen in a Science Classroom

Dec 07, 2012 / E-news, Project Citizen, Volume 4, Issue 1

Professors Carie Green of the Department of Education Foundations at Idaho State University and William Medina-Jerez of the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Texas–El Paso co-authored an article on the use of the Center’s Project Citizen in the teaching of science. The article appeared in the December 2012 edition of The Science Teacher, which is a publication of the National Science Teachers Association. The article shows “the multidisciplinary Project Citizen approach to teaching and learning science and engaging students in action-oriented citizen science.”
The authors say that “Project Citizen teaches students to research and understand the positions of various stakeholders who may have diverse viewpoints on an issue. Ultimately, students come to their own conclusions and approaches to solving the problem. Students can address controversial issues such as the loss of jobs versus the enforcement of environmental regulations. Teachers can guide students to prevent tensions between local residents and organizations and companies that support the local economy.”
They observe that “Project Citizen teaches students that community problems are complex and the solutions do not always please everyone. The goal is to devise solutions that take all shareholders’ interests into account. Project Citizen’s success is partially due to its student-centered nature, so teachers should encourage student ownership from the very beginning.”
They show how Project Citizen aligns with the best practices described in A Framework for K–12 Science Education (National Research Council 2012) and how it addresses both the Science as Inquiry and the Science in Personal and Social Perspectives National Science Education Standards (NRC 1996).
They conclude that Project Citizen “expands on the notion of citizen science through coupling scientific inquiry with civic literacy to address real-world problems. It engages students in STEM learning and environmental activism. Students learn that it is possible for them to identify problems, approach the relevant regulatory agencies, and affect decision making in their community.”

Professors Carie Green of the Department of Education Foundations at Idaho State University and William Medina-Jerez of the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Texas–El Paso co-authored an article on the use of the Center’s Project Citizen in the teaching of science. Read the rest of this entry »