Attention YOUTH!!!CEC has partnered with The City of Fresno to bring you “Camp Fresno” a Once in a lifetime “Free” camping opportunity. Reserve your spot by completing this form: https://bit.ly/3hLfO9e

NOW HIRING: CEC is Seeking to fill 6 Camp Counselors positions! Please fill out Application below to apply.

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Civic Education Summer Institute Registration

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Click here to register for the Summer Institute:

https://ce.fresno.edu/educator-workshops/open-enrollment-workshops/civic-education-center/


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Watch Youth Race Dialogue

A Virtual civic dialogue on racism for youth in the Central Valley featuring Odessa Marcos, Elizabeth Rocha Zuniga, Anthony Utterback, Ayanna Moore, and Belle Vang, moderated by Brandon Gridiron. In collaboration with The Fresno State Ethic Center.

Click link below to watch.

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Education Week: Supreme Court justices call for more civics education amid risk from ‘domestic enemies’

Two U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday renewed their calls for improving civics education, saying the future of the republic depends on it. “Our democracy is at risk not only from foreign but from domestic enemies,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor said during an online discussion sponsored by several groups. “Democracies crumble from within,” said Justice Neil M. Gorsuch. “They crumble. And there becomes a hunger for a certain faction to take over because they’re intolerant of others. They think they know the right answer and others do not.” Sotomayor was nominated by President Barack Obama and is considered among the more liberal members of the court, while Gorsuch was nominated by President Donald Trump and is conservative on many issues. But both have worked on civics education initiatives since they joined the high court, and they have spoken jointly on the topic at least once before.
    But Wednesday’s online session was the first since the contentious 2020 presidential election and the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol. The justices did not discuss those events in detail but they referred more than once to the deep political divisions in the country. “We had one of the highest turnouts in voting in the last election,” said Sotomayor. “Yet, at the same time, we see some of the cracks in our system. We have a great deal of partisan, very heated debate going on. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it can turn into an awful thing, into something that destroys the fabric of our community if we don’t learn how to talk to each other, how to discuss things with each other, and how to change things in a positive rather than a negative way.”


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The Civics Secures Democracy Act

Take action: bit.ly/supportcivics


Watch Visalia Unifieds’ Student Services Director Brandon Gridiron discuss Black History in Tulare County. This video is an outcome of the District’s Common Ground Task Force facilitated by our CEO Stephen Morris.

Get your students involved! Join Our Virtual Civil Dialogue on Racism for Youth in the Central Valley.

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CA State Seal of Civic Engagement

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The Educating for Democracy Act

The Center for American Progress reports that, as of 2018, only nine states and the District of Columbia require a full year of civics or government studies while 31 require a half year of studies and fully ten states have no civics requirements at all. That lack of emphasis is reflected in low achievement levels on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NEAP) and, for those students who take advanced placement U.S. government assessments, among the lowest achievement scores among the several dozen tested subject areas. The federal government, too, has chronically underinvested in support for civics education. Civics education can empower students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and mindsets to engage effectively in in the civic and political life of their communities. In today’s contentious civil environment, it is more important than ever that students are equipped with knowledge of our institutions and confronted with the enduring questions of civic life and political change. The Educating for Democracy Act represents a bipartisan commitment to strengthening civics education, from K-12 through higher education. Click link below to read the full report.

https://www.educatingforamericandemocracy.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Educating-for-American-Democracy-Report-Excellence-in-History-and-Civics-for-All-Learners.pdf

What’s Next? Fresno’s Political Landscape as Seen by Youth Activists

Fresno Barrios for LCF Accelerator June 24, 2019.

The next meeting of the Central Valley Progressive PAC will feature Ashley Rojas, executive director of Fresno Barrios Unidos. Join the conversation via Zoom on Saturday, March 13, at 3:30pm. Zoom Link –>
https://zoom.us/j/93077226964?pwd=RkliSU5ra1pvRjNKTjAxRXQweFV5dz09

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“George Floyd’s death shows Americans must return to founding values and civic discourse.”

By Stephen Morris

https://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article243444966.html

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Interested in Donating to the Civic Education Center? Check out ways to contribute below!

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Support Civic Education in the Central Valley with your help, we can provide Civic Education, Democratic Participation, Civil Dialogue and Community Service to thousands of students in the Central Valley.

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Civic Education

We have come to take democracy for granted, and civic education has fallen by the wayside.
John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States December 31, 2019

Since 2015, the Civic Education Center has guided US History teachers, in grades 5, 8 and 11, to use civil dialogue, inquiry and exciting civic service projects to deliver the state curriculum. This year, we serve 29 teachers and 1,600 students in Fresno, Sanger, Caruthers and Fowler.

Students analyze a specific school or community problem or issue using appropriate lenses from civics, economics, geography, and history; and take and evaluate actions on the issue.
HISTORY SOCIAL SCIENCE FRAMEWORK; Chapter 13 (CA Department of Education, 2017)

Nation is Facing a Civic Crisis

Read the Valley Voices editorial by John Minkler, Nation is Facing a Crisis, about the Democracy School Program.


CIVIC NEWS

The California Seal of Civic Engagement, from CA law AB24, will be awarded for “demonstrated excellence in civics education… and voluntary participation in community service or extracurricular activities.”  The Civic Education Center is working with Fresno Unified School District to develop a regional award to recognize civic knowledge, skills, and service for graduating seniors.  Students who earn this award will have an advantage in job applications and with college applications and scholarships.  It also gives education and community leaders an indication of how many graduates demonstrate civic competence.  It becomes a tool to measure the effectiveness of civic education in high schools.


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