A Partnership in Civic Engagement
The Joint Center grew from a 2006 bipartisan effort, launched by Congressman Lou Frey and Senator Bob Graham, to improve civic education in Florida.
Since 2006, with the help of many other organizations and people, the state’s Social Studies standards and benchmarks have been revised and strengthened, the Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Civics Education Act has added civics to Florida’s list of tested subjects, and the Joint Center has been established by formal agreement between the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida.
Here, you will find complete curricular resources for teaching civics in Florida’s elementary and middle schools, a guide to integrating civics in K-12 reading and language arts, and curricular support materials for high school U. S. Government courses, including AP.
Here, you will find an introduction to Florida’s Next Generation Social Studies Standards in civics as well as a complete self-paced professional development course to support teaching all of Florida’s 7th grade civics benchmarks.
Here you will find complete information about Florida’s Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Civics Education Act, a description of additional professional development opportunities through the Joint Center, and links to a wide range of other civics education organizations and resources.