Civics for All

About Civics for All

Civic education is an essential part of every student’s core academic program. The DOE believes that teaching the foundations of American government and the democratic process is necessary to build a more engaged, active future citizen and informed voter.

Civics for All, an initiative that launched in Spring 2018, provides resources, programming, and professional learning to all NYC schools. The initiative focuses on education models that are interactive, project-based, and relevant to students’ lives.

Curriculum

The K-12 civics curriculum is now available on WeTeachNYC!

A team of NYCDOE staff, New York City teachers, and various cultural partners developed the curriculum to be flexible enough to be usable in a number of different settings and configurations and to fit the needs of all New York City classrooms. Civics For All is a companion to the Passport to Social Studies, designed with the New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework, the New York State Next Generation English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies Learning Standards, and the New York City K-12 Social Studies Scope & Sequence in mind.

The curriculum is organized into four different grade bands K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Each grade band contains two parts. Direct links to each of the grade bands and parts are listed below.

Schools can request additional copies of the civics curriculum using this Civics Request Form.

Classroom Resources for Teachers

  • Civics for All Curriculum - These sets of resources are the K-12 civics curriculum designed for New York City classrooms.
  • Visit a regularly updated list of materials and resources shared with us for Remote Learning Opportunities by Civics for All and Social Studies partners
  • Visit the TeachHub for Passport to Social Studies blended learning lessons.
  • The Grades K-12: Current Issues and Events folder located on TeachHub features the newly added Election 2020 Resources Guide and K-12: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Teaching Resources.
  • Participatory Budgeting In Your School - This guide includes resources and activities to help you lead a student-driven, democratic participatory budgeting process in your school.
  • Vote: An Instructional Guide to Elections - This resource includes guidance for student voter registration and activities to deepen student understanding of voting, elections, and political engagement.
  • Current Issues & Events are lesson plans and resources to aid in teaching current issues and events. 
  • More resources will be added as they become available. Please check back for more.

Opportunities

Civics for All Partner School

The Civics for All Partner School Program is an opportunity for schools of all grade levels to implement the Civics for All initiative while receiving support from Civics for All Coaches and civics advocacy organizations. Partner Schools will receive guidance in implementing instructional resources, accessing authentic civic learning opportunities, and implementing age appropriate civic action and real-life democracy projects. This support includes a week-long summer institute for teacher teams to become familiar with the initiative and develop plans for implementing Civics for All at the school level.

Partnerships

Civics for All fosters partnerships between civics organizations and Civics for All Partner Schools. Organizations collaborate with DOE Civics Instructional Leads to support schools in their implementation of the Civics for All civic action projects.

Schools receive individualized support to meet shared NYC DOE goals. Organizations that have existing partnerships with DOE schools are encouraged to continue those relationships in support of the goals of the Civics for All initiative.

To get involved, email civicsforall@schools.nyc.gov.

Events

Civics Week Poster Contest

New York City students in grades K through 12 are invited each Spring during Civics Week to showcase their artistic talent and civic engagement by participating in the annual NYCDOE Civics for All Poster Contest.

The 2020 Civics for All Poster Contest winners are listed below:

  • K-2 Grade Band Winner: Maria Mantadakis with the poster titled “We Are One”
  • 3-5 Grade Band Winner: Sara Dong with the poster titled “Responsibilities & Rights”
  • 6-8 Grade Band Winner: Miceli Leung with the poster “The Power of One Person”
  • 9-12 Grade Band Winner: Franklin Payne with the poster titled “These Were His Weapons”

Winning posters can be viewed here.

SoapboxNYC

SoapboxNYC is a public speaking competition that calls on students to speak out about issues that affect them and their communities. Students create and advocate for solutions to improve their schools, communities, and the lives of other young people. Watch the Welcome to Project Soapbox video to see the event in action. 

Civics Week

During this year’s Civics Week, March 2nd – 6th, 2020, schools across the City celebrated youth voice, civic empowerment, and the importance of registering to vote. Part of the Civics for All initiative, supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s DemocracyNYC, Civics Week included efforts to get every young person to understand that their voice matters and that they can create change as active participants of their community.


Contact

For specific questions, or to learn more about Civics for All, email civicsforall@schools.nyc.gov.

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