PCSS Is Proud to Partner In Free Professional Development for Teachers in a Meaningful and Engaging Civics Curriculum--Project Citizen
Eligible Pennsylvania educators should consider joining the Project Citizen Research Program!
Open to middle and high school teachers new to using the Project Citizen curriculum, this program will provide you with free professional development, a set of books for use with your students, and a modest stipend for your efforts. Professional development for teachers began last summer in 2020 but there is a second cohort being started for 2021.
The Project Citizen curriculum is active citizenship at its best. It engages young people in cooperative, project-based learning as they work as a class to monitor and influence public policy locally. Students identify a problem in their community, research alternative policy-based solutions, develop a class policy proposal to address the problem, and design a political action plan to convince public officials to adopt and implement the policy.
Project Citizen might be an exciting, performance based means of meeting the Act 35 mandated civics assessment.
Description: PCRP Cohort 2: With the uncertainty of conditions associated with the COVID Virus, this professional development opportunity is planning for two different types of training.
IN PERSON training would take place at the University of Massachusetts in Boston August 1st through 5th or, if necessary, everything would be done via ZOOM over the same August 1st through 5th dates.
Each opportunity will provide 36 hours of training. Instruction will be by scholars and experienced Project Citizen practitioners. Whatever program is chosen, participants will receive practical lessons, videos, and an array of supplemental resources.
Please consider the benefits and responsibilities of PCRP.
Participants will receive the following benefits:
- High quality professional development at no cost
- A stipend of $400.00 for the entire program
- A classroom set of Project Citizen texts
- Very usable classroom resources to include: texts, lessons, access to videos
- Any transportation/housing/food associated with program activities will be paid.
- Guidance of a Project Citizen Mentor
There will be a Fall follow-up training, hopefully, at a time/venue TBD.
Participant responsibilities will be:
Attend and participate in all training sessions and
Engage in the research aspect of the program by pre/post testing yourself and your students
- Teach the Project Citizen Program
- Engage students in developing a Project Citizen portfolio (this will be addressed at the training sessions);
If you are interested in participating in PCRP, please complete the attached Teacher Agreement. Direct any questions to:
C/O Deering Middle School
2 Webster Knight Dr.
West Warwick, RI 02893
(F) (401) 822-8474
The deadline for applications is not until June but the earlier you submit forms, the earlier the Project Citizen folks can connect with you and get you involved in a great civics initiative.