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July 22, 2013

In case you missed it, the U.S. Department of Education has officially unveiled an exciting new guide to Civic Learning and Engagement on the Y4Y portal! Civic learning and engagement affords students the opportunity to make a real difference in the world through collaborative projects that address real-life issues that concern them. Empower your students to be engaged members of their community, and to know that their opinions and ideas matter. Get started with a civic learning project now, and the youth in your program will be learning by doing, while gaining 21st Century skills and becoming good citizens.

You’ll find the new Civic Learning and Engagement content integrated into the Project-Based Learning module, because when it comes to hands-on learning one of the best examples is civic engagement. Come visit the Learn section of the Project-Based Learning module to see how your program can incorporate practical strategies that draw students into becoming more active and involved in their communities, all while gaining academic and 21st century skills.

Get staff on board with the new content by checking out the Trainings To Go and Training Starters related to Civic Learning and Engagement, and get started with Civic Learning and Engagement activities and projects using the specially designed planning and implementation documents in Tools.

Stay tuned for more guidance from the Y4Y team on this exciting topic! In the meantime, if you have any Civic Learning and Engagement examples or ideas you’d like to share, you can post them to the Discussion Boards.  



July 1, 2013

We are pleased to announce the publication of brand new content on the Y4Y portal, just in time for Independence Day!

The new content is all about Civic Learning and Engagement (CLE), which is an integral part of the Obama Administration’s education agenda. The administration’s goal, stated in their Road Map for civic learning, is to reinvigorate civic learning and engagement for students, families, and community members - as well as for 21st Century Community Learning Center program staff.

As you explore Civic Learning and Engagement on Y4Y you’ll find...

> new information to help you incorporate CLE into projects designed to help youth become active participants in democratic society.

> new strategies for implementing CLE into your new and existing projects,

> new customizable tools, checklists, worksheets, project examples, and project planners to help you develop exciting new CLE projects for your youth, and

> new trainings-to-go and training starters to help you develop dynamic CLE professional development opportunities for your staff.

Celebrate one of the great strengths of our nation by diving into the new Civic Learning and Engagement content on the Y4Y portal today. Get started in the CLE Introduction then explore the rest of the materials which you'll find incorporated into the Project-Based Learning module, because when it comes to hands-on learning one of the best examples is civic engagement!

Look for more information on the new CLE content in Blog articles as well as upcoming Webinars and E-Blast Newsletters.

To subscribe to the Y4Y E-Blast Newsletter, simply register on the Y4Y portal at http://y4y.ed.gov/join. Like everything on Y4Y -- it’s free!