Linking Skills and Academics With Civic Life
Now that we’ve explored how civic learning and engagement can introduce students to civic life while building school-day and 21st century skills, let’s put it all together with some examples. By revisiting the civic learning and engagement projects highlighted on the page, A Special Kind of Project-Based Learning, we can find concrete instances of how academics and 21st century skills fit into civic learning and engagement.
|Civic Learning and Engagement Project||Academic Skills||21st Century Skills|
A group of fourth graders attend a city council meeting to find out why there would be no more funding for the neighborhood swimming pool that they enjoy every summer.
Once they understand the issue of competing needs, the students — joined by members of the local senior citizens’ center — run their own fundraiser to contribute to the reopening of the pool. Together, they present the funds to City Council and ask again for their support.
A group of middle schoolers, seeing a problem with trash at local playgrounds, visit members of the recreation department in their town to determine the cause of the problem and find a solution.
As a result of their investigation, they join forces with a local parent group and successfully petition the town to purchase six solar-powered, compacting trash cans — one for each playground.
Students concerned about the issue of climate change conduct research to find out where their community gets its energy. They present their findings to a local chapter of the Sierra Club, whose members agree to help students inform the town council about alternative energy options.
As a result of the joint presentation, the town council is now considering the purchase of a wind turbine. The students commit to monitoring the progress of the purchase.
High schoolers bothered by the graffiti covering local buildings, including their school, work together with the police department and a group of local artists to create a mural-painting program for the beautification of the community. Today, the murals have become a point of local pride.
- 2Key Terms
- 3Project-Based Learning Diagram
- 4What Makes a Good Project?
- 5Life Is Full of Projects
- 6Benefits of Projects
- 721st Century Skills
- 8Habits of Mind
- 9Projects or Activities?
- 10Project Kickoff
- 11Understanding Community Needs
- 12Become Active Investigators
- 13Engaging Students in Active Learning
- 14What Makes a Good Driving Question?
- 15Project Launch
- 16Learning by Doing
- 17Learning by Doing: Example
- 18Project-Based Learning in Action
- 19The Adult's Role
- 20Working With Diverse Student Groups
- 22Culminating Event Examples
- 23Time to Shine
- 24The Audience
- 25Document and Evaluate the Learning
- 27Civic Learning and Engagement Introduction
- 28Civic Learning and Engagement
- 29Committed to Positive Change
- 30Key Civic Terms
- 31A Special Kind of Project-Based Learning
- 32Civic Learning and Engagement in Action
- 33Encouraging Active Participation
- 34Building 21st Century Skills
- 35Linking With School-Day Civics
- 36Linking Civic Learning and Engagement With School-Day Learning
- 37Linking Skills and Academics With Civic Life
- 38Starting a Project
- 39Develop a Plan of Action
- 40Implement a Plan of Action
- 41Evaluate and Reflect
- 42Realizing the Results
- 43Learn More Library
- 46Check for Understanding
- 1Implementing Project-Based Learning
- 2Keep It Youth Centered
- 3Youth-Centered Coaching Moment
- 4Set Clear Goals and Objectives
- 5Goals and Objectives Coaching Moment
- 6Make it Doable and Sustainable
- 7Projects Over Time — Coaching Moment
- 8Facilitating Self-Directed Learning
- 9Self-Directed Learning Example
- 10Self-Directed Learning — Example 2
- 11Facilitation Strategies
- 12Think Globally, Act Locally
- 13Projects for Every Age
- 14Incorporate Multiple Perspectives
- 15Facilitation for Success
- 16Working With Agencies and Groups
- 17Demonstrate and Document Learning
- 18Demonstrate Learning — Coaching Moment
- 19Demonstrate Learning — Coaching Moment 2
- 20Pull It Together
- 21Additional Resources