Civics for All

About Civics for All

Civic education is an essential part of every student’s core academic program. The DOE believes that teaching the foundations of American government and the democratic process is necessary to build a more engaged, active future citizen and informed voter.

Civics for All, an initiative that launched in Spring 2018, provides resources, programming, and professional learning to all NYC schools. The initiative focuses on education models that are interactive, project-based, and relevant to students’ lives.

Curriculum

A K-12 civics curriculum will be available in September 2019. The curriculum is aligned to the Passport to Social Studies curriculum, but is flexible enough to be used in a variety of settings.

Opportunities

Apply to be a Civics for All Partner School

The Civics for All Partner School Program is an opportunity for schools of all grade levels to implement the Civics for All initiative while receiving support from Senior Program Planning Specialists and civics advocacy organizations.  Partner Schools will receive guidance in implementing instructional resources, accessing authentic civic learning opportunities, and implementing age appropriate civic action and real-life democracy projects. This support includes a weeklong summer institute for teacher teams to become familiar with the initiative and develop plans for implementing Civics for All at the school level.  See this Civics for All Partner School Program Overview for more information.

Ready to apply?  Complete the 2019-2020 Civics for All Partner School Program Application by Friday, May 17, 2019. Please note that participation in the Civics for All Partner Schools program requires the commitment of the building principal.  The application should be completed by the principal or the principal’s designee.

Classroom Resources for Teachers

  • Participatory Budgeting In Your School – This guide includes resources and activities to help you lead a student-driven, democratic participatory budgeting process in your school.
  • Vote: An Instructional Guide to Elections – This resource includes guidance for student voter registration and activities to deepen student understanding of voting, elections, and political engagement.
  • More resources will be added as they become available. Please check back for more.

Partnerships

Civics for All fosters partnerships between civics organizations and Civics for All Ambassador Schools. Organizations will collaborate with DOE Civics Instructional Leads to support schools in their implementation of the Civics for All civic action projects.

Schools will receive individualized support to meet shared NYC DOE goals. Organizations that have existing partnerships with DOE schools are encouraged to continue those relationships in support of the goals of the Civics for All initiative.

To get involved, email civicsforall@schools.nyc.gov.

Events

Civics Week | April 8–12, 2019

Civics Week is an annual week-long celebration of civic engagement in all schools, inclusive of student voter registration drives in high schools.

See this Civics Week Overview and Civics Week Logistics Guide for more information.

Materials for Civics Week and the Student Voter Registration Drive:

Materials boxes were delivered to schools on March 27 and March 28. If you are having trouble locating the materials box in your school, view images of the box's exterior or call the Service Center at 718-935-3334. 

By 4pm on Friday, April 12th, the school's designated Teacher Coordinator should enter the number of completed voter registration forms being returned and confirm pick-up contact details in the Civics Week Student Voter Registration Form Return tracker. 

Contact the Service Center with any questions about deliveries, materials, or how to return completed forms at curriculum@schools.nyc.gov or 718-935-3334.  

2019 Civics Week Poster Contest | April 8–12, 2019

As part of the first Civics Week 2019, New York City high school students are invited to showcase their artistic talent and civic engagement beliefs by participating in the Civics for All Poster Contest. This poster contest will encourage students to:

  • Explore important social and political issues
  • Exercise student voice
  • Examine the importance of voting and civic participation

Winning poster submissions will be printed and distributed to NYC high schools for the 2019-2020 school year.

Learn more about the Civics for All Poster Contest.

SoapboxNYC | March–June 2019

SoapboxNYC is a public speaking competition that calls on students to speak out about issues that affect them and their communities. Students create and advocate for solutions to improve their schools, communities, and the lives of other young people. Watch the Welcome to Project Soapbox video to see the event in action.

  • Classroom and school-wide competitions begin in March 2019 and run through April 12, 2019.
  • A borough-wide competition will be held in May 2019.
  • A citywide competition will be held in June 2019.
  • Complete the SoapBoxNYC Registration Form.
  • The deadline to register is Friday March 29, 2019.

Civics for All Ambassador Summer Institute | Date to be announced

A four-day long summer institute for Civics for All Ambassador Schools. Six hundred Teacher Ambassadors will come together to share ideas, solve common problems, and enhance their Civics for All curriculum.

Contact

For specific questions, or to learn more about Civics for All, contact civicsforall@schools.nyc.gov.

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