The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is committed to civic education efforts both for young people and the community. We think that it is vital for the health of our democracy to prepare our young people to be competent and engaged citizens. Informed and empowered citizens understand how to effect change when problems arise, they know how to get involved in their community and run for elected office. Responsible citizens can see beyond their own personal interests and demand good ethics in government and business.
Check our website often for new resources and upcoming conferences as we continue to provide professional development opportunities in civics for teachers in all subject areas as well as civic engagement workshops and seminars for students and the public.
Opportunity to become first Democracy School in our region
We are pleased to announce the availability of a $1,000 stipend for three southern Illinois high schools to help them become the first to earn the distinction as an Illinois “Democracy School”. Schools will also be eligible for an additional $500 from the McCormick Foundation. (See letter from Institute director on 1/23/13)
If your school has demonstrated a commitment to civic learning through curriculum, extra-curricular or community activities and opportunities in student government, we’d like to assist you with completing the Democracy School application to the McCormick Foundation before the July 1 deadline.
Civic Education Conference for Teachers and Administrators - Educating our Citizens for a Better Illinois
October 11th, 2012 - 8:15 to 3pm
Speakers to include, more to be announced:
David Yepsen, SIU Chancelor Rita Cheng, Shawn Healy, resident scholar for the McCormick Foundation with McCormick staff Danielle Forchette and Janice Belzowski.
Putting Action into Civics Education (2011 Event)
Geared toward helping social studies teachers, principals, school board members, superintendents, and regional office of education, this conference featured Illinois State Board of Education chairman Gery Chico.
Resources from the event: