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Social Studies/Civic Engagement Practices

 

Selected excerpts from National Blue Ribbon School applications

Bayfield ES Bayfield Elementary School, (Bayfield, WI). Bayfield Elementary School is located on the south shore of Lake Superior. Approximately, 80% of the student population are Anishinaabe (Native American).The school, working closely with the Red Cliff Tribe and the Red Cliff Indian Reservation, implements Ojibwe culture programming. Each grade level meets with a culture instructor once a… Continue Reading Integrating Native American Culture and Language

Ladera Del Norte ES Ladera del Norte Elementary School, (Farmington, NM). Ladera del Norte Elementary School is a mirror of the community it serves. The school celebrates diversity with lessons in Native American, African American, and Hispanic American cultures. Fourth graders, who want to study traditional dances of New Mexico and Mexico, may participate in the Ladera Heritage Performers.… Continue Reading Walk in Time through Cultural Diversity

Hubert R. Hudson ES Hubert R. Hudson Elementary School, (Brownsville, TX). Hudson Elementary teaches students how to be productive and educationally-motivated citizens via the Hudsonville Micro-Community and Economy. The approach mirrors a a community within the school to create an academic learning experience for students. By leveraging dynamic partnerships with local businesses (e.g., bank and store), students in grades… Continue Reading Hudsonville Minitropolis

AF North MIddle High School AFNorth Middle/School, (Brunssum, Netherlands). AFNorth Middle High School, a Department of Defense Education Activity (6-12) school located in the Netherlands, serves students from over 18 different nations. The school shares facilities and logistical support with other independent schools from Canada, Germany, and England. Students at AFNorth MHS work side by side with students in the… Continue Reading International Student Leadership

Waterloo ES Waterloo Elementary School (Columbia, MD). Waterloo Elementary School’s social studies curriculum actively engages students by interacting with a variety of resources and demonstrating learnings through various performance-based assessments. The students explore a variety of social studies curriculum topics (e.g., Money Matters, Project Citizenship, Changing Communities, and Mapping Our World.) The culminating project occurs in 5th… Continue Reading Simulated Congressional Hearings

Hume Fogg Academic HS Hume-Fogg Academic High School (Nashville, TN). The Social Studies department of Hume-Fogg Academic (HFA) High School promotes literacy, communication, problem-solving, and the development of engaged citizens. All juniors must take Honors or AP United States History and all seniors take AP U.S. Government and AP Microeconomics. Additionally, students may select from electives (e.g., AP Comparative… Continue Reading Promoting High Schoolers Voting Registration

Photo of Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy (HTPA) Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy (Wilmington, CA). Challenge Los Angeles is a 7-week competition in which students from LAUSD high schools select an issue and develop solutions to complex problems facing their communities. HTPA students formed Harbor 4 Hunger, focusing on promoting healthy eating habits and free food resources. Students connect food donors with local charities running… Continue Reading Tackling Community Needs

Doral Academy of Technology – Doral, FL Doral Academy of Technology (Doral, FL). The seventh grade civics curriculum develops a student’s understanding of the foundations of our constitutional democracy and the fundamental principles and values upon which they were founded. Students participate in a Civic Political Fair, taking surveys to determine political scale awareness. DAT offers elective courses in law studies. Students learn… Continue Reading Mandatory and Elective Courses

Photo of John P. Woods Elementary School – Fort Smith, AR John P. Woods Elementary School (Fort Smith, AR). Woods Elementary holds yearly student council officer elections. Students prepare campaign materials and present speeches before the student body votes using computer kiosks. After officers are elected, students in each class run for representatives, creating marketing materials and giving speeches. Throughout the year, the student council participates in… Continue Reading Democratic Elections and Responsibilities

screenshot from fenway video Boston Public Schools Boston, Massachusetts Fenway High School was founded in 1983 as an alternative program for students at risk of dropping out. Its founders created a small school where students would be challenged intellectually and feel safe socially. Fenway’s motto is “Work Hard. Be Yourself. Do the Right Thing.” To those ends, the school… Continue Reading Engaging Questions at Boston’s First Pilot School: Fenway High School

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