Civics for All: 6 Elements


The Civics for All Initiative

Common K-12 Curricular Requirements, Frameworks, and Traditions:

  1. Annual mock elections each November, K-12
  2. One New K-12 Civics/Elections unit in each year’s social studies classes; depending on teacher preference and student interest, units would be 3 – 10 class periods each autumn
  3. Two K-12 Civics Frameworks Banners:
    1. Essential Civics for All Questions – posted in every K-12 classroom
    2. Political Spectrum – posted in all gr: 6-12 social studies classrooms
  4. Media literacy – grade 5-12, especially related to electoral politics and current events
  5. Civics website – updated reg. with shared curriculum, elections lesson plan ideas, current events lessons, links, etc.
  6. Community engagement:
    1. Voter registration/participation drives – K-12 students, classes, and schools can compete to see who can register the most new voters in their communities and/or get already registered voters (including parents) to actually vote.
    2. Parent/guardian engagement – students are given homework assignments to discuss the mock elections issues and races with their parents/guardians.
  7.  Interdisciplinary Civics (optional) – K-12 teachers in non-social studies disciplines are encouraged to relate their classwork to the mock elections (e.g. math classes could help students understand taxation formulas, science could help students understand environmental initiatives, etc.)
  8. School culture of democracy (optional) – principals, teachers, and schools can make the mock election process a celebration of democracy and community engagement to whatever extent desired via ASB involvement, parent and community involvement (election officials), etc.


View: Kathleen Vasquez Recommendation to SPS Curriculum & Instruction Committee; Feb. 8, 2016