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What is the Civics Classroom?

This course series provides educators with online, self-paced, professional learning that develops the knowledge and skills necessary to help students achieve their roles as participants in civic life. Each course will take approximately five hours to complete. While it is recommended that participants complete the courses in order, it is NOT required.

The awarding of a certificate for each course in this series is based on successful completion of the pre and post tests, module quizzes, post course survey, and a passing final grade in the course. Certificates are emailed by staff of the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship at the Lou Frey Institute within two weeks of course completion.

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“I just wanted to thank you for offering the online Civics Modules, I learned so much during the first one and can’t wait to implement some of the things I learned.”
—A beginning civics teacher

“Thank-you also for the course—I learned quite a bit about how to teach Civics in Florida and to especially to 7th graders.”
—An experienced teacher new to civics in Florida

A Prepared Classroom

Essential Tools for Civic Education in Florida

A Prepared Classroom provides teachers with an understanding of:

  • Course descriptions and the Civics End-of-Course Test Item Specifications,
  • How to utilize curriculum and pacing guides,
  • The value of strategic planning and preparing for instruction, and
  • Making informed decisions about instruction based on formative and summative data.
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A Cognitively Complex Classroom

Pedagogy for Secondary Civics

A Cognitively Complex Classroom provides teachers with an understanding of:

  • The role of cognitive complexity when facilitating instruction and assessment,
  • Utilizing strategies and structures, and
  • Developing learning activities that integrate English Language Arts and disciplinary literacy skills.
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A Cohesive Classroom

Meeting the Needs of All Learners

A Cohesive Classroom provides teachers with an understanding of:

  • Identifying the needs of students for scaffolded and differentiated supports aligned with the Universal Design for Learning and,
  • How to develop a responsive civics classroom that builds academic and social-emotional competencies.
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The Constitutional Classroom

Critical Content for Foundational Understanding

A Constitutional Classroom will provide teachers with an understanding of:

  • Major ideas in the U.S. Constitution,
  • How to apply disciplinary literacy skills, and
  • Preparing for instruction to make content accessible for all learners.
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