Thursday, September 13th, 2012
Though much attention is now being paid to the Chicago teachers strike (AEI’s Rick Hess has some good thoughts on that here and here), there’s another education initiative in Chicago’s schools worth mentioning: a pilot program to teach a yearlong civic-learning curriculum to seniors in fifteen of the city’s schools.
According to the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which is working with the MacArthur Foundation and the Spencer Foundation to sponsor the program, the “Global Citizenship Initiative is designed to address a profound civic achievement gap, caused by a lack of high-quality, school-based civic learning opportunities in urban areas.” University professors, teachers, and civic organization leaders worked together to create the course framework and to provide resources to the pilot schools.
The Chicago Public Schools Global Citizenship Initiative (GCI) will significantly expand and improve civic education in Chicago. The new plan focuses on a year-long civic learning curriculum for high school seniors built around three core components: civic literacy, civic action, and student leadership. These core components will exist within a broader CPS K-12 social science framework. Here is what students will do:
Learn more about the Global Citizenship Initiative by watching the McCormick Foundation introduce the initiative at the program’s launch a few weeks ago.