Real-World Connection

“Students are highly motivated to learn and to become active members of their community when they see that their voices are heard and taken seriously,” shared Steve Zemelman a High School teacher in Evanston, Illinois. Bridging the gap between theory and action, let’s facilitate more real world civics learning in schools so students can see the impact that their voice and action can have in raising awareness, activating networks, and maybe even creating meaningful community change. Use this Opportunity Area to develop solutions to better link civics to the real world in your classroom or school.

Opportunity Areas:

  • How might we better connect civics content to real issues and real world problems?
  • How might we create opportunities for students to contextualize civics lessons in the real world?

Provocations:

  • What if lessons plans linked to public action pathways?
  • What if community members had more opportunity to collaborate with students?

Check out our Synthesis Snapshot here.  

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Students and law enforcement officers  seek solutions to creating more positive interactions within our community through service.

Students and law enforcement officers seek solutions to creating more positive interactions within our community through service.

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Colleges should adopt the Earth Charter (http://earthcharter.org/) and embed it in their policy, to empower our young people.

Colleges should adopt the Earth Charter (http://earthcharter.org/) and embed it in their policy, to empower our young people.

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