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Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school.

Part of the Common Core for English Language Arts is dedicated to literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects.

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Preparing Students for College, Career and CITIZENSHIP

A California Guide to Align Civic Education and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects

How to Use This Guide - This work is intended to achieve a dual purpose: to provide English-Language Arts teachers a civic education context for improving literacy skills and to provide social studies teachers a pedagogical framework for building literacy competencies needed for civic life. Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are critical to success in all subject areas, hence, this guide provides a methodology that can be easily replicated for teachers of science, mathematics, health education, visual and performing arts, and career technical education.

Resource Directory for California Schools: Resources for administrators, teachers, students, and community members to implement each of the six promising approaches to civic education outlined in the Civic Mission of Schools report.

MyVote California: California Secretary of State in coordination with the National Student/Parent Mock Election and the California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, offer students a chance to learn about the presidential candidates and issues, and gain firsthand lessons on the power of voting and how government and politics affect every part of their lives.

Constitution Day: A 2005 act of Congress states that all educational institutions receiving federal funding must observe September 17 as Constitution Day, which celebrates the 1787 signing of our founding document. To support California educators, the Campaign is sponsoring a variety of activities and providing free resources.

10 Things Parents Can Do to Raise Engaged, Informed, and Responsible Citizens: This list provides ideas to engage parents with their children in activities that, according to research, promote positive civic capacities.

Creating an Informed, Engaged, Responsible Citizenry - A Guide for Schools, Parents, Policy Makers, Business and Community Organizations: This guide provides ideas for teachers and administrators, parents, policy makers, community and business to ensure that high quality civic education is available to all students across the state.

Civics Fact Sheet: America’s Civic Learning crisis: Preparation for informed and engaged citizenship is the co-equal goal of education. This fact sheet touches upon federal funding for civic education, equal access to civic learning opportunities and assessment.

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Towards a Rebirth for Civics by Todd Clark

The Civic Mission of our Nation’s Schools by Ted McConnell

Democracy's Health at Risk by Dr. Joseph Kahne, Ellen Middaugh, and Marshall Croddy

The Impact of Student Engagement on Learning: The Critical 10th EPC for California by Cricket F.L. Kidwell, Ed.D.

Policy Considerations for the California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools by Gary F. Dei Rossi, Ed.D

Strengthening Civic Education in California’s Schools: The California Campaign’s Pilot Schools by Debbie Genzer and Susan Philips

The Right Stuff: Civic Education Resources Teachers Can Use Today by Keri Doggett and Michelle Herczog

A Simple Activity to Engage Educators, Community, or Students in Thinking About Civic Education: The Citizenship Brainstorm

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A project of Constitutional Rights Foundation in collaboration with the
Center for Civic Education and the Alliance for Representative Democracy.
This project is made possible by generous grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Skirball Foundation