Thursday, August 27, 2015

Illinois Civics Teacher Survey

by Shawn Healy, Civic Learning Scholar


I’m thrilled to report that House Bill 4025 was signed by Governor Rauner on August 21, 2015, requiring a high school civics course for incoming freshmen beginning with the 2016-17 school year. The Illinois Civic Mission Coalition, convened by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is currently developing a course implementation plan centering on extensive teacher professional development opportunities throughout Illinois. These opportunities will be designed to address required course content and pedagogies, and account for local needs.


With this in mind, we designed a survey for high school social studies teachers in each of Illinois’ six regions (click here to access a document that correlates Illinois educational regions by county). It is intended to measure the extent to which best practices in civics are currently integrated into their classes, along with their content knowledge and pedagogical needs as they develop new civics courses or adapt current courses.


We request your help in sharing the following links with social studies teachers in your network. The links are live and will remain open through the end of next month, Wednesday, September 30, 2015.


Illinois Civics Teacher Survey




Once the data collection process concludes we will share detailed reports with you as to the prevalence of proven civic learning practices at high schools in each region and statewide. This data will help us co-create professional development opportunities beginning next year responsive to the needs of local teachers, schools, and districts.


Thanks in advance for your partnership in our collective effort to bring civics back to Illinois high schools.


Thanks in advance for your partnership in our collective effort to bring civics back to Illinois high schools.


Yours in civics,

Shawn

Shawn P. Healy, PhD

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