The Civic Education Center (CEC) prepares the next generation to meet the community, national and global challenges they will face. Since 2015, the Civic Education Center has guided US History teachers, in grades 5, 8 and 11, to use civil dialogue, inquiry and civic service projects to deliver the state curriculum. This school year, we serve 29 teachers and 1,600 students in Fresno, Sanger, Caruthers and Fowler school districts. Teachers guide students to research critical issues and analyze multiple perspectives. Students collaborate to implement civic service projects, along with community experts as mentors. Assessment shows that students of color benefit from this teaching strategy, empowering them to participate.
Our mission is to guide public schools to encourage students to become civically engaged and intentionally inclusive.