What is Civics Education?
Civics Education is the study of the theoretical, practical and political sides of being a citizen and the roles, responsibilities and rights that come with it. Civics Education includes the study of civic law, civic code, and the responsibilities of government towards citizens.
What is the mission of our Civics Education Committee?
To provide reliable information on elections and public policy issues to a diverse PBC population through innovative educational approaches.
When do we meet?
The last Tuesday of every month. Times are staggered to ensure that those who work have an opportunity to attend. Check the LWVPBC Calendar for dates, move your cursor over date to reveal time and location.
What do we do?
The committee works to accomplish its mission by:
• Developing innovative educational tools and approaches that encourage thoughtful debate and discussion about the history, principles and foundations of American democracy and current policy issues.
• Encouraging civility and critical thinking.
• Discussing civic practices such as voting, volunteering, courts, and joining with others to improve society.
• Enabling individuals not only to study how others participate in civic matters, but also to practice participating and taking informed action themselves.
Top Three Priorities
- Provide reliable information on elections and public policy issues by creating innovative educational tools and approaches; developing voter education ideas; and working with PBC schools, LWV, and other organizations on Civics Education programs, competitions, and events.
- Work toward diversity and inclusion forpeople of all ages and backgrounds to encourage them to be actively involved in Civics Education activities.
- Lobby LWV Florida to ensure that Civics Education becomes a key issue statewide.
- A series of five (5) power point presentations
- A series of four (4) MINI crossword puzzle booklets
- A series of (13) critical thinking worksheets on important LWV issues
Do you want to learn more? Contact the Civics Education Chair.
We have five (5) interactive presentations that are fun, interesting and educational to help educate people on the importance of their role in government.
- Your Voice. Your Vote. Your Power
In 1776, only 10% of Americans had the right to vote. Learn the history of expanding voting rights and the important benefits to those who turn out and vote. This presentation also walks you through the ways you can register and vote, including registering online, Vote-By-Mail, Early Voting and more.
- The Three Branches of the U.S. Government
Understanding how the three branches of government work and their role in our lives is important, especially for those who think that voting in local elections doesn’t matter. This presentation explains the impact of each branch on the lives of all citizens.
- Civics, Civility and Critical Thinking:
Find out how federal, state and local governments work; the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship; critical thinking and how to evaluate the credibility of information sources; and skills for engaging in conversations with people who do not share your view. Emphasizes respect, tolerance and civility.
- Importance of the US Courts
The federal court system impacts every issue we care about. This wonderfully interactive PowerPoint explains how the federal court system is organized, the types of cases federal courts hear and how cases are decided. As part of the presentation, audience members form teams to judge a case that was actually decided by a U.S. District Court.
- Civics Trivia
A favorite for all who have participated. The civics trivia quiz is a series of questions that are suitable to people of all ages. The kids love it! Using MINI crossword series 1, questions from the U.S. Citizenship test, or questions from previous presentations participants get to tell us what they know. Prizes are an added bonus if you decide to provide this presentation.
“WOW! This is amazing! The crosswords are going to be such a powerful tool come time for our EOC (End of Course) Civics assessment in May. It’s a fun interactive teaching tool that every student will benefit from.” – Sari Simpson