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 new 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.

Civics for All: K-2 Part 1  Part 2

Civics for All: 3-5 Part 1  Part 2

Civics for All: 6-8 Part 1  Part 2

Civics for All: 9-12 Part 1  Part 2

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

Opportunities

Apply to be a 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 Senior Program Planning Specialists 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.

Ready to apply? The application period for the 2019–2020 Civics for All Partner School Program has closed. Keep an eye out for the 2020–2021 program application period in Spring 2020. 

Classroom Resources for Teachers

  • Civics for All Curriculum - These sets of resources are the K-12 civics curriculum designed for New York City classrooms.
  • 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.
  • More resources will be added as they become available. Please check back for more.

Partnerships

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

Schools will 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

Spring 2020

Civics Week

Civics Week is an annual week-long celebration of civic engagement in all schools. The DOE invites you to participate in Civics Week activities, including the 2020 Student Voter Registration Drive, from March 2–6! 

In the December 10 edition of Principals Weekly, high school principals were asked to provide important information about their school and to identify a Civics Week coordinator. To do these two things, fill out the Civics Week Principals Information form. You must complete the form by January 10, 2020. 

Per-session funding and logistical support is available to Civics Week teacher coordinators. A posting is available on the per-session vacancy page. 

For questions, email civicsforall@schools.nyc.gov.

Civics Week Poster Contest

As part of Civics Week, New York City high school students are invited to showcase their artistic talent and civic engagement beliefs by participating in the Civics for All Poster Contest. This poster contest encourages students to:

  • explore important social and political issues,
  • exercise student voice, and
  • examine the importance of voting and civic participation.

Winning poster submissions will be printed and distributed to NYC high schools.

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.  Check back for more information in winter 2019.

Contact

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

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