We here at the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship are strong advocates of the C3 Framework. The emphasis on inquiry, and actually doing something with that inquiry, is civic learning at it finest, and we believe that the C3 Framework would be an excellent model to build standards and curriculum around. It seems that Florida is now making some moves towards providing teachers with an opportunity to embrace the C3.
Over the past few years, the social studies community has established a repository of Inquiry oriented lessons from various states at C3 Teachers.
This website is an excellent resource with a variety of K-12 inquiry lessons that can be modified to fit Florida standards and benchmarks. But, you may ask, where is Florida? Well, for a variety of reasons, Florida has fallen behind others states in using elements of the C3 Framework (though some districts like Pasco and Brevard have begun using the language of C3 in curriculum development and pacing).
Happily, this may be about to change. Dr. Jane Lo of Florida State University and Mr. Michael DiPierro, the social studies consultant of the State Department of Education, have announced a new project and opportunity that will create a C3 Hub for Florida! From their recent call:
WHO: We are seeking K-12 Florida social studies teachers to be involved in an exciting lesson creation project funded through Title IV-Part A and managed by the Florida Department of Education and Florida State University. Florida K-12 teachers of all social studies content areas may apply
WHAT: This project is seeking teachers with experience writing and implementing inquiry based lessons in the social studies classroom. Selected lesson writers will participate in a series of virtual professional development activities and one face-to-face professional development session on the C3 Inquiry Design Model with experts in the field. The professional development is intended to help writers create two lesson plans using the Inquiry Design Model. Lesson plans will be shared with fellow teachers on the National Council for the Social Studies C3 hub site. Lesson writers will be compensated for their travel, professional learning, and approved lessons. In-service points will be available to submit for district consideration. More information will be provided to selected writers.
WHEN: A virtual logistics meeting will occur in May 2018. A face-to-face PD session will be conducted in summer 2018. The lesson writing process will take place during Fall 2018, with continued virtual professional development and support (approximately one check-in per month). The expected completion date of the lessons is January 2019. The lessons will then undergo a review process, during which time, writers may be asked to provide revisions. The goal is to have lessons to share with the broader social studies teaching community by Fall 2019.
WHY: This is a great professional development opportunity that allows teachers to work with experts to hone their inquiry lesson writing skills as well as inquiry pedagogy. This process will also allow us to create a Florida C3 Hub so that Florida social studies teachers can have a reliable resource for rigorous inquiry plans.
HOW: To apply for a writer position, please fill out this form online by March 23rd, 2018. Contact Dr. Jane Lo, Assistant Professor, Social Studies Education, firstname.lastname@example.org and copy Michael.DiPierro@fldoe.org, FLDOE Social Studies Education Specialist, with any questions or concerns.
This is a great opportunity to help develop an incredible resource for Florida teachers, and we here at FJCC would love to see what you come up with for civics!