Dear Friends of Civic Learning and the Social Studies:
The U.S. Department of Education has invited the nation to submit comments and suggestions for priorities and definitions for the Department’s various discretionary (competitive) grant programs.
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education published a list of supplemental priorities and definitions to be used in awarding discretionary (competitive) grants made by the Department. The Department is now proposing to repeal the 2010 priorities and definitions and replace them with new priorities.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
This is an opportunity to recommend that the Department include Social Studies (which include civic learning, economics, geography, and history) as a supplemental priority in the Department’s discretionary grants.
WHAT TO REQUEST
Please use your own voice and your own words. You may wish to refer to the Campaign for the Civic Mission of the Schools’ “Civics Fact Sheet 2014” which provides data you can use in crafting your message as well as the to the announcement from the Department. Here also are some suggestions from the civic learning and social studies community:
- Establish a separate Priority Area for the Social Studies similar to proposed Priority Seven for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics);
- Fund innovative social studies projects that target under-served school populations (as outlined in the Sandra Day O’Connor Civic Learning Act of 2013 bill);
- Supporting innovative social studies teacher professional development models that are replicable;
- Implementing social studies projects that employ new technologies and delivery systems;
Funding projects that encourage school/community partnerships that enhance students’ civic knowledge and skills;
- Encouraging states to develop fewer, clearer, and higher standards of learning and curricular frameworks in the social studies.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS/SUGGESTIONS
If you believe that educating students to be prepared for civic life is essential to our democratic republic, please submit your comments/suggestions to the U.S. Department of Education here (there you will find a blue box saying ‘Comment Now’ in the upper right hand corner).
LET US KNOW
Please send a copy of your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will collect and share submissions with other supporters of civic learning and the social studies.
THE DEADLINE IS NOW
The deadline for submitting comments/suggestions is: Thursday July 24, 2014. Please act today. Thank you for making your voice heard!