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Project citizen educating tomorrow s citizens today

Project CitizenEducating Tomorrow’s Citizens Today

Joseph e kahne an education professor and researcher found that
Joseph E. Kahne, an education professor and researcher found that…

“…students are more likely to be active in civic and political life after they leave school if they take part during their school years in civic education activities.”

“Classroom-based activities have a statistically significant impact on students’ civic and political involvement and their intent to vote.”

Questions to consider
Questions to Consider that…

  • What is the problem?

  • Who has the authority to resolve the problem?

  • What is one viable solution to the problem?

  • Who in the community might support your solution? …oppose it?

  • How would you convince others to support you solution?

  • How would you convince the responsible authority to adopt you solution?

What is project citizen
What is Project Citizen? that…

  • Education for democratic citizenship

  • Teaches students how to appropriately and effectively monitor and influence public policy

  • Interdisciplinary instructional program for adolescents and adults

    • Focuses citizen engagement in self-governance

    • Applies learning to real world issues

    • Uses cooperative learning

    • Serves as a model performance assessment

What are the goals of project citizen
What are the Goals of Project Citizen? that…

The primary goal of Project Citizen is to develop in citizens a commitment to active civic participation and self-governance by

  • providing the knowledge and skills required for effective citizenship

  • providing practical experience designed to foster a sense of competence and efficacy

  • developing an understanding of the importance of civic participation

Project Citizen Programs in Latin America that…Project Citizen has been implemented throughout Latin America in partnerships with various NGOs, universities, and ministries of education.

  • Argentina

  • Bolivia

  • Brasil

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Ecuador

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Mexico

  • Panama

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Venezuela

What is the sequence of project citizen
What is the Sequence of Project Citizen? that…

  • Students work together to identify and study a problem in their community.

  • They propose a solution in the form of a public policy recommendation.

  • They develop an action plan for getting their policy proposal adopted and implemented.

  • Students present their work in a visual and written display and present it in a simulated public hearing.

  • Although not required, in many instances students appear before the government authority responsible for enacting their proposed policy.

Project citizen step 1
Project Citizen- Step 1 that…

Identifying public policy problems in communities

Identifying public policy problems
Identifying Public Policy Problems that…

Students identify public policy problems in their communities by

  • discussing them with each other

  • interviewing family members and other adults

  • reading newspapers and other print sources

  • listening to news reports on radio and TV

Project citizen step 2
Project Citizen - Step 2 that…

Selecting a problem for study

Problems in our community

1. Drugs 3. Pollution

2. Violence 4.

What criteria is used to select a problem
What Criteria is Used to Select a Problem? that…

  • Is the problem you selected important to you and other people in your community?

  • Does government have some responsibility to deal with this problem?

  • Will there be sufficient information about the problem to develop a good project?

  • Is there a realistic possibility of solving the problem selected?

Project citizen step 3
Project Citizen - Step 3 that…

Gathering information on the problem

Gathering information
Gathering Information that…

  • Students gather information on the chosen public policy problem from a variety of sources

Interviews and surveys t Printed sources

Radio and television t Libraries t Internet

Scholars and professors t Lawyers and judges

Community organizations and interest groups

Legislative offices t Administrative offices

Project citizen step 4
Project Citizen – Step 4 that…

Developing a





Public Policy

Project citizen step 5
Project Citizen - Step 5 that…

Presenting the project to the public

Step 6 reflecting on the learning experience
Step 6 - that…Reflecting on the Learning Experience

  • What and how you and other students learned

    • civic knowledge

    • civic skills

    • civic dispositions

  • What you learned from being part of a team working to solve a problem

What are the instructional advantages of project citizen
What are the Instructional Advantages of Project Citizen? that…

  • Throughout the project students have real world opportunities to practice English language learning skills – reading, writing, speaking

  • Students connect with real problems and events in their communities

  • Students integrate a variety of related concepts and ideas

  • Students may use knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines

  • Students work with clear, attainable goals

What are the instructional advantages of project citizen1
What are the Instructional Advantages of Project Citizen? that…

  • Students learn to cooperate with peers in group settings

  • Students evaluate their own progress through self-assessment

  • Students relate assessment activities to instructional activities

  • Students benefit from the involvement of parents and other community members

For more information contact
For more information contact that…

Michael G. Fischer

Educational Consultant

Los Angeles, California, USA

Ph: 818-610-9075

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Michael G. Fischer




Civic that…Education at

thePeruvianBinational Centers

  • The Peruvian Binational Centers have been implementing

  • Civic Education Programs with very positive results among

  • their English teachers and students since 2004.

  • The pilot program was carried out at the Chiclayo BNC

  • with the support of the Center for Civic Education and the

  • US Embassy in Lima.

  • The program has three components:

  • Project Citizen is part of the ELT Advanced Program

  • READ Chiclayo

  • Summer English Language Institutes for Public School Teachers

Proyecto Ciudadano – Mejores Ciudadanos that…

Project Citizen for Better Citizens is a civic program, sponsored by the

U. S. Embassy in Lima with the cooperation of the Peruvian Binational Centers, which aims to strengthen the Civic and Citizenship Education

area of the Regular Basic Educativo

System in Peru.

The main objective is the integration

and implementation of Project Citizen as

a participatory project to be developed by

high school students as part of the national


MOU that…AgreementwiththeMinistry of Education of Peru

“Project Citizen for Better Citizens” was approved to start under the ResoluciónDirectoral 0166-2010-ED, which was signed on February 09 of 2010 by the Peruvian Ministry of Education.

This document legally authorizes the training of Peruvian Public School Teachers in Project Citizen, as part of the Peruvian National Curriculum for Public Education.

Program that…objectives:

To join efforts with the civil society in order to support, strengthen and enhance Civic Education at Public Schools in Peru, through the promotion of civic and democratic values.

To promote a culture of peace and legality through workshops for public school teachers, improving their insight and understanding of the policies and governmental institutions that safeguard the coexistence of Peruvian Citizens.

To reinforce youth education, raising awareness among high school students on the importance of a peaceful and organized participation of civil society in solving common problems in their neighborhoods and communities.

Project that…Citizenprogram:

  • A Diploma for a total of 220 hours is awarded to teachers upon the completion of the Project Citizen Program:

  • 40 hours of training workshops

  • 20 hours of research and project preparation

  • 80 hours of in-class implementation

  • 80 hours of monitoring students performance to undergo a Project Citizen program.

Project that…Citizentools in social networking:

Project that…CitizenShowcases

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Ámbitos y metas that…


Public School teachers: 2010 - 2012