Make some $$, get some free stuff, walk away smarter. (And help create better citizens.)
If you haven’t been over to the Barat Education Foundation and their Primary Sources Nexus site . . . well, you need to. Cause they’ve been doing awesome stuff since 2000 supporting education and social justice that empower teachers and students.
And now, thanks to a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program, BEF is focused on integrating civics across the curriculum. Collaborating with the Constitutional Rights Foundation and DePaul University, BEF created the Citizen U curriculum. These grades 3-12 inquiry-based lessons are designed to encourage and instill skills vital for civic literacy and success in the 21st century, including collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, information literacy, problem-solving, leadership, and social responsibility.
They’re all aligned to standards, use primary sources from the Library of Congress, and are designed to develop and activate students’ civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
What they need is you. They’re looking for some teachers to field test the lessons and provide feedback by July 20. This is where you come in.
Download a lesson. Shoot them some feedback. Get $75 from BEF as a way of saying thanks. You make some dollars. You get free civics lessons. You walk away smarter. And . . . you’re helping build civics education across the country. It’s a win / win times two.
Citizen U Lesson Pilot
Here’s what they need you to do:
- Browse the Citizen U lessons in your subject area(s)
- Choose one lesson to implement for the grade and subject that you teach
- Teach the lesson to students by the end of the school year or in summer school
- Fill out an online survey by July 20 giving us feedback on lesson design and implementation
Need a bit more info on BEF and what it can do for you?
BEF has been a consortium partner of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program since 2004. Over the years, TPS-Barat has provided free, engaging, teacher professional development along with inquiry-based learning materials that use Library primary sources to foster understanding and application of civics, literacy, history, math, science, and the arts.
To further support teachers and students across the country, BEF operates the Primary Source Nexus teaching resource blog, which has been updated to focus on four key areas:
- Primary Sources
Curated primary source sets of particular topics/themes, people, places, and events
- Teaching Resources
Primary source activities, lesson plans, teaching ideas, and help finding and using primary sources from the Library of Congress
- Teaching Strategies
Tips and techniques for selecting, analyzing, aligning teaching to standards, using and integrating technology, as well as examples from teachers in the field
- TPS & LOC.gov
Links to the national TPS program and consortium partners and quick links to various sections of the Library website
In addition to participating in the TPS program, BEF also runs Our American Voice, a model civics leadership program for elementary and middle school students of diverse backgrounds designed to teach foundational knowledge of American government and civic engagement through a project-based learning initiative that develops critical thinking and leadership skills while promoting active community problem-solving. To learn more about how these civically engaged students are making a difference in their communities, visit the Our American Voice Facebook page.
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Glenn is a curriculum and tech integration specialist, speaker, and blogger with a passion for technology and social studies. He delivers engaging professional learning across the country with a focus on consulting, presentations, and keynotes. Find out more about Glenn and how you might learn together by going to his Speaking and Consulting page.