2007 State Action Plan Proposal
  • Consider filing for exempt status for the Coalition under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501(c)(3). 
     
  • Continue to expand the Coalition and refine its organizational structure
    • Commission members and Coalition Board members will contact individuals and organizations that should be part of the Coalition, such as the Deans of Colleges of Education, Principals’ Association, Utah Education Association, State PTA, charter and district school boards, etc.
    • Discuss how each Coalition member might be better utilized to further the Coalition’s goals.
    • Coalition Bylaws formalize the organizational structure; amend as necessary.    
      • Secure an Executive Director and create an appropriate job description.
      • Refine Coalition application form.
         
  • Conduct the Fourth Annual Dialogue on Democracy to increase public awareness of and support for civic, character, and service learning K-16 and in the community.
    • Determine the goals and objectives for the 2007 Dialogue on Democracy
      and form a planning committee.
    • Present the second annual Civic, Character, and Service Learning Award from the Commission at the Dialogue on Democracy dinner.
    • Discuss the possibility of a yearly Governor’s Proclamation declaring the date/week of the dinner to be Civic, Character, and Service Learning Day/Week.
       
  • Develop a Public Relations and Promotional Plan
    • Commission and Coalition members continue to build the case for civic learning.
    • Use the DVD produced for the Second Annual Dialogue on Democracy to seek support for civic, character, and service learning.
    • Produce a Coalition and Commission brochure and newsletter.
    • Discuss how to better publicize the Commission’s and Coalition’s activities.
    • Collaborate with members of the media to increase visibility and awareness of the Coalition’s and Commission’s missions and activities. Invite members of the media to be on the Coalition.
    • Discuss the National Association of State Board of Education’s report, Citizens for the 21st Century:  Revitalizing the Civic Mission of Schools, as it relates to the Commission’s and Coalition’s missions.
       
  • Disseminate Information about the Resources, Programs, and Materials available to further civic, character, and service learning.
    • Expand the Coalition web site into a more fully developed civic, character, and service learning resource for educators and other interested parties.
    • Continue to support Coalition members in their professional development and student/community outreach efforts.
    • Support Constitution Day.
       
  • Create a Professional Development Plan.
    • Determine the extent of teacher preparation and professional development in civic, character, and service learning K-12 through analysis of the online survey conducted by Newscast America.  Determine the needs of higher education, including pre-service instruction.
    • Using the data collected, collaborate with higher education and the Utah State Board of Education’s curriculum specialists to integrate civic, character, and service learning into the curricula K-16
    • Provide training for K-12 teachers and college pre-service students using materials and resources in existence with the focus on how to integrate these resources into their curriculum.
    • Sponsor a teacher program in which teachers and pre-service students visit the State Capitol for 2-3 days to learn more about state and local government.  Members of the three branches of government, executive, legislative, and judicial, would be involved as would Commission and Coalition members. Lodging and meals to be included. 
       
  • Begin preliminary work to create an Assessment Plan/Strategy.
    • Determine what assessment tools exist in Utah, such as the Life Skills Document.
    • Look at other assessment tools, such as those the National Center for Learning and Citizenship has compiled.  Most assessment tools test knowledge only; however, the NCLC documents include some assessment of skills and dispositions.
      • Dispositions (qualities that develop over time) are the most difficult to assess.  Programs and activities that assess dispositions include mock elections, youth councils, peer courts, mock trials, Judicial Outreach materials, League of Cities and Towns materials, Utah 3Rs programs, Boy Scouts of America projects, We the People—The Citizen and the Constitution, We the People—Project Citizen, college and university service-learning centers, etc.
      • Consider the possibility of a Civic Education Report Card for teachers to indicate the civic learning climate at their schools and civic learning activities in which their students have participated.
    • Discuss findings with state curriculum committee and other stakeholders.
       
  • Assess student involvement in civic learning K-16 and suggest ways to increase that involvement where none or little exists.
    • How many students are on district and state school boards? How many are on school community councils? What about our colleges and universities?
    • What about a student Legislative Advisory Council?
    • Discuss ways in which the number of students involved could be increased K-16.