We are very excited to announce that we are formally the recipients of a project award of $35,000 from The Foundation to Promote Open Society (“FPOS”), in collaboration with the Open Society Institute (“OSI”). This support will allow us to improve our curriculum in a number of ways, including further alignment with the US Department of Education Common Core Standards.
Specifically, we will be working with proven educators and academics to hone in and perfect the model. This will include:
- Aligning to Common Core standards
- Including concrete assessment mechanisms for all lessons
- Ensuring that our grassroots advocacy unit sufficiently and effectively trains students to take action on issues they care about
- Developing comprehensive rubrics to assess civics skills
- Improving our existing trainings for participating teachers and college Mentors
We will be working with nationally renowned experts in the field, who are also former educators, to improve the program. These partners include Meira Levinson (Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education), John Zola (Director of School and University Partnerships, University of Colorado, and Pamela Gordon (recent PhD graduate from Harvard Graduate School of Education).
Read a little bit more below about the OSI mission (or click here to find out more):
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check. We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.