Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Action Civics pilot results in two sections in 2017-18

In 2016-17 Jeff Bergstrom piloted his Action Civics authentic learning course in one of his American Institutions classes.  Rather than traditional U.S. government lessons, Mr. Bergstrom implemented several hands on community based activities that allowed students to learn about their government first hand.  This project based pilot was so successful that he now has two Action Civics classes in 2017-18.  Following are just a few of the authentic experiences students engaged in.

  • Conducted an evening debate between Republican and Democrat candidates for the 86th Wisconsin assembly.
  • Engaged in a month long electronic simulation with grad students at the University of William and Mary to simulate political action groups around the issue of fracking.
  • Took students to Madison to job shadow their representatives at the Capital.
  • Had students engaged in problem solving projects in the local community!

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