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+ - American Political Science Association

The important contribution of the American Political Science Association to global/international education is the preparation of guidelines for training and certification of pre-collegiate teachers of civics, government and social studies. This includes recommendations for the preparation of both elementary and secondary school teachers. Teacher training institutions are urged to carefully study these recommendations.

+ - The Choices Program

The Choices Program is an experiential civic education initiative designed to give high school students a voice in debates on current national and international issues, to raise awareness of global issues and to develop a foundation for long-term civic engagement. The program involves students both within the social studies classroom and at their state capitol.

+ - Center for Civic Education

The Center for Civic Education is involved in several initiatives, many focused upon global/international education issues. For example, Comparative Lessons for Democracy is a resource book for secondary teachers with lessons that feature comparative analyses of established and emerging democracies in Central and Eastern Europe. Another important program is Civitas: An International Civic Education Exchange Program, that promotes international exchanges providing leaders in civic education with opportunities to learn from and assist each other in improving education for democracy in their nations.

+ - Close Up Foundation for Civics Education

The Close Up Foundation encourages responsible participation in the democratic process through educational programs and publications in government and citizenship. The United States in the Global Community Program allows students to examine the role of the United States in global politics and the growing interdependence of nations. In the process, students develop a deeper understanding of different nations’ viewpoints and gain insights into the domestic and international forces that shape relationships among nations. A highlight of this program is a three-night, large-group simulation activity focusing on international conflict resolution. The foundation also sponsors a Pacific Basin Program that focuses upon issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

+ - Constitutional Rights Foundation

The Constitutional Rights Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization dedicated to the education of America’s young people and adults about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society. CRF develops, produces and distributes programs and materials to teachers, students and public-minded citizens all across the nation and around the world.

+ - Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship

Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) involves high school students in a challenging, intellectual simulation on important international issues. EPIIC staff members work closely with schools to develop both the simulation topic and curriculum materials, covering such themes as “The Future of Democracy” and “Oil and Water.” EPIIC has approximately 30 school partnerships in seven Eastern and Midwestern states.

+ - Facing History and Ourselves

Facing History and Ourselves offers curriculum materials and professional development programs on especially tragic periods of history, such as the genocides that occurred during the Holocaust and in Rwanda and Armenia; injustices toward African Americans throughout history; and exclusionary acts against Asian immigrants to the U.S. during WWII. The site features multimedia resources, study guides, an online teaching community and links to other Web and print resources. The nine regional offices of Facing History can be found on the web site.

+ - Teaching Civic Education In and Outside of School

World Movement for Democracy offers participating teachers access to a wealth of civic education resources including study guides which focus on the cultivation of democratic ideas among youth. The focus is upon the developing world, but the ideas and materials are relevant for all.

+ - The International Education Association (IEA) Civic Education Study

The IEA Civic Education Study is the largest and most rigorous study of civic education ever conducted internationally. The research tested and surveyed nationally represent samples consisting of 90,000 14-year-old students in 28 countries and 50,000 17- to 19-year-old students in 16 countries throughout 1999 and 2000. Questionnaires also were administered to teachers and school principals. The content domains covered in the instrument were identified through national case studies and included democracy, national identity, social cohesion and diversity and the engagement of youth in civil society. Such data is valuable as background information for teachers and students interested in teaching and learning about international civic education.

+ - Washington Semester

The Washington Semester program is a full-credit program offered through the American University wherein credits are transferred back to a home school. The program offers a variety of experiences in Washington, DC, many of them having to do with international civic education. While the program is for university level students, high school students interested in civic education should be thinking about the possibility of participating in the program.
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