Civic Engagement Resources
Now that the election is over, how do we maintain momentum around issues of importance to educators and students in California?
ITVS and KQED Education Network's Community Classroom Engage students in discussions about democracy and dissent, and the changing nature of democracy around the world. Community Classroom provides documentary video content accompanied with innovative, resource-rich curricula.
DEMOCRACY! Educator Guide & Video Modules
Please Vote For Me, Iron Ladies of Liberia , and Chicago 10 - films featured in this educator guide offer students and teachers new ways to explore democracy abroad, elections, gender and media literacy through class discussions, activities and homework assignments.
PBS Teachers offers resources for elementary and secondary school teachers.
- Lesson Plans - Cover the electoral process, political parties, campaigning, and the importance of voting in state and federal elections.
- Web based tools - The PBS Teachers curriculum guide,
Act: A Blueprint for 21st Century Civic Engagement promotes students'
civic engagement through the use of elections-related social media tools.
View a sample lesson plan! In Welcome to the Blogosphere, students create their own blogs, share their views, post original multimedia content, and develop a network of interested commentators and activists.
Campaigning For Change
In this lesson, students select a school issue of importance to them, the faculty and the administrative staff, and devise a proposal for mounting a campaign around the issue. Download the Lesson Plan (PDF)
Lessons and activities to inspire understanding and critical thinking in your classroom and beyond.
Immigration is a key election issue. Watch Golden Gate: A Journey of Hope by Ana Cancino and decide where you stand.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
"The Bay Bridged" Music for June
Listen the The Bay Bridged mix of bands performing live in the Bay Area this month, including The Mantles, Cold Cave, The Spyrals, Blitzen Trapper, Monster Rally, and more. Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!
Obamacare Explained: A Guide for Californians
Starting Jan 1, 2014, most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a fine. KQED has created a simple guide to explain how the health law affects you, your family or your small business, here in California.