Every GC classroom is unique, but they all provide a powerful vantage point of young people coming together to take action on issues they care about.
Generation Citizen offers students the opportunity to practice important civic skills, including critical thinking, group collaboration, and persuasive oral and written communications. Students practice civics, or engage in real-world politics, just as they would have the opportunity to interact with and practice problems in any math, reading, or writing class or science lab. Students learn about the political process not from textbooks but by actively working with the tools of advocacy – meeting with and lobbying decision-makers; organizing letter-writing campaigns, petitions, or surveys; writing opinion pieces for newspapers; holding community meetings; and utilizing other tactics. Through participating in Generation Citizen, students recognize their ability to take action on issues they care about and come to appreciate the value and power of their own voices. They also learn that community engagement is not a semester-long objective but rather a lifelong endeavor.
Classroom Teachers are instrumental in bringing this learning to life
Teachers play a vital role in the Generation Citizen classroom. GC provides our teachers with a complete Common Core-aligned action-civics curriculum, a trained college co-facilitator, and supplementary resources that lighten the burden on them to create from scratch meaningful hands-on action experiences for each of their classes. Our teachers then focus on actively participating in their students’ exploration and in supporting their students and Democracy Coaches to strengthen the Generation Citizen experience for all involved. Teachers manage classroom culture and behavior, offering pedagogical expertise and knowledge of the learning needs of their class, reviewing lesson plans and materials, reinforcing curricular content connections, coordinating school and program logistics, and offering consistent feedback to their college Democracy Coaches, helping them as they navigate issues within and beyond the classroom.
Generation Citizen’s published and award-winning action civics curriculum is at the heart of our work. Click here to learn more.
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