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New and Alternative Assessments, Digital Badges, and Civics: An Overview of Emerging Themes and Promising Directions - The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) recently released a working paper entitled “New and Alternative Assessments, Digital Badges, and Civics: An Overview of Emerging Themes and Promising Directions,” that explores digital badges and alternative assessments for civic skills, knowledge, and dispositions. The paper considers digital badges as well as ePortfolios, rubrics, games, simulations, and other assessment and learning tools that might expand options for those committed to improving civic education. ...

Advancing Civic Learning and Engagement in Democracy: A Road Map and Call to Action - This U.S. Department of Education report highlights nine steps the Department will take to advance civic learning and democratic engagement, including adding civic indicators to national student surveys, promoting public service internships and careers, and leveraging federal programs and public-private partnerships. In addition, the report discusses service-learning as an effective practice in promoting civic learning. (U.S. Department of Education, January 2012)...

Engaged Citizenship Through e-Service Learning - This article explores the use of a virtual classroom as a means to further civic education and engagement, and increase opportunities for high quality service-learning to secondary students. The authors maintain that offering a service-learning leadership class as a virtual school course would allow students to lead in the creation of service opportunities while they meet civic education goals and build leadership skills. (American Association of School Administrators, January 2012)...

The Potential for Deliberative Democratic Civic Education - This article focuses on the theory of democracy underlying civics education by comparing an aggregative view of democracy with a deliberative democratic view. The authors argue that deliberative democracy is the superior to aggregative democracy for several reasons and thus creates a stronger foundation on which to build civics education. (J. Hanson and K. Howe, 2011)...

Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools - This report builds and expands on the findings from a 2003 Civic Mission of Schools report. The authors assert that civic education not only increases citizen knowledge and engagement, but also expands civic equality, improves twenty-first century skills, and may reduce the dropout rate and improve the school climate. To improve civic literacy, skills and engagement, the authors recommend that schools adopt six proven practices in civic learning, ranging from high-quality classroom instruction to several innovative pedagogies and activities outside of formal classes. (Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, September 2011)...


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