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Civic Engagement in the Classroom

Civic Engagement in the Classroom

Civic Engagement in Higher Education Links:

  • Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 900 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. To support this civic mission, Campus Compact promotes community service that develops students' citizenship skills and values, encourages partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research. Presidents of member institutions believe that by creating a supportive campus environment for the engagement in community service, colleges and universities can best prepare their students to be active, committed, and informed citizens and leaders of their communities.
    National site:
    Minnesota site:
  • The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse is a comprehensive library of books, toolkits, discipline specific syllabi, fact sheets, manuals, etc. maintained by the Corporation for National and Community Service (Learn and Serve Program).
  • The National Society for Experiential Education is a nonprofit membership association of educators, businesses, and community leaders. Founding in 1971, NSEE also serves as a national resource center for the development and improvement of experiential education programs nationwide. NSEE supports the use of learning through experience for intellectual development, cross-cultural and global-awareness, civic and social responsibility, ethical development, career exploration, and personal growth.
  • Service-Learning United is a growing alliance of state and national organizations working collectively to educate our nation’s leaders, policymakers, and citizens about the positive and powerful impact service-learning has on our young people and the communities they serve. They are committed to increasing support, recognition, and resources for service-learning through public engagement and effective policy strategies.


  • Managing Risk in Service Learning
  • Interdisciplinary Connections to Student Service-Learning: Poverty, This served as an inspiration when designing the First Year Experience theme of Poverty for 2006-2007. The Office also has copies based on Aging, Bias, Crime, Environment, Hunger and Homelessness, Literacy, Pregnant and Parenting Teens, and Substance Abuse, as well as an empty template to create one using specific disciplines and/or issues.
  • Recommended Guidelines for Selecting a Service Site, from IUPUI's Offices of Service-Learning, Neighborhood Partnerships, and Community Service.
  • Tips for Developing a Service-Learning Class, from IUPUI's Office of Service-Learning.
  • Reflection: Connecting Service to Academic Learning, by Julie Hatcher and Robert Bringle
  • Common Questions Faculty Ask About Service-Learning, by JoAnn Campbell

The Annenberg Classroom Lesson Plan Contest:

Annenberg Classroom offers a wide array of educational resources under a single umbrella. Educators can find curricula, lesson plans, multimedia programs, and other teaching materials all indexed and in conformance with the educational standards of their state. Search by keyword, by subject area, or by state standard to find one of the richest sets of teaching aids available in a single location.

  • The Annenberg Classroom website is a project of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, established in 2001 by the Annenberg Foundation to advance public understanding of and appreciation for democracy and to address serious issues facing the country and the world.

Lesson Plans:

  1. The Constitution (September)
  2. Government (October)
  3. Elections (November)
  4. Current Events and Issues (December)
  5. History (January)
  6. Health (February)
  7. Language Arts (March)
  8. Science and Technology (April)


  • Each month, one (1) first place winner will receive $250 for use in improving civics education in the school, along with 10 books from the Annenberg Classroom library.
  • One (1) second place winner will receive $100 for use in improving civics education in the school, along with 10 books from the Annenberg Classroom library.

To Enter:

  • Log on to and click Lesson Plan Contest. For each monthly contest, submissions must be received by the last day of the month to be considered.
  • For details, eligibility, and contest rules visit
  • For more information contact the SMSU Center for Civic Engagement.

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