Change the world through education

Empower students with knowledge about their rights and responsibilities.

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At this point I have just a question: "How might we raise students' awareness that they have a voice and provide an opportunity to use their voice through engaging in conversations and projects about some of the 100 questions on the US Citizenship test,  especially those around Principles of American Democracy and  Rights and Responsibilities. 

Background: My students are ESL adults, mostly refugees who didn't have a voice in their country of origin. They experienced discrimination and persecution and were deprived of their human rights. In some cases the government stripped them of their citizenship.  Part of our ESL curriculum studying for US citizenship, building the vocabulary and knowledge about what they are entitled to as US citizens (rights) and what their responsibilities are.  My role is to give them a voice through language education so that they can exercise their rights in their adopted country. 

I believe it is foundational to our role as educators to provide experiences in our classrooms for all students to have a voice, to learn what their rights and responsibilities are, and how to exercise them positively.

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Hi Cathy, Great to have you posting! Our Ideate phase starts soon so please jump in and post your ideas for empowering students to use their civic voice.