SLCEC Advocacy & Civic Opportunities…
Civics course for high school students: SLCEC worked with the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition to advocate for a legislative mandate that would require all high school students to complete a semester-long civics course in order to graduate. Illinois was only one of ten states in the country without a requirement that students study government of civics.
Civics class required for high school graduation will push the envelope, by Diane Rado, September 7, 2015, Chicago Tribune.
Each year, SLCEC Member Universities welcome CPS Students to their campuses for Civic Learning Opportunities…
CPS Students receive great exposure to university campuses while they engage in simulations, workshops, leadership conferences. SLCEC has supported and sponsored the following Civic Learning Opportunities:
Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education hosted a week-long Civic Action and Leadership Academy for Chicago Public Schools high school students from July 31 – August 4, 2017.
Civic Leadership Academy 2017
Loyola University Chicago hosted a four week Civic Leadership Academy for Chicago Public Schools middle school students from July 5 – 28, 2017, that integrated literature, mathematics and civic education.
Model U.N. 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017, Loyola University Chicago
CPS/Chicago Public Schools middle and high school students worked throughout the year to prepare for the Annual Model UN Conference.
During the day-long conference, students negotiate complex global issues as they represent countries from around the world. The Annual Model U.N. Conference is a collaboration with CPS Social Science and Civic Engagement. #cpscivics
Annual Student Leadership Academy,
December 2016, UIC Forum
Over 300 CPS middle and high school students / Student Voice Committees gathered for a day-long, student-run leadership conference that builds skills and motivates students to take an active role in strengthening their schools. The Student Leadership Academy is hosted annually by CPS Social Science and Civic Engagement! #cpscivics / #studentvoice
Public Policy Days
CPS high school students converge at UIC/University of Illinois at Chicago to learn about public policy and advocacy.
October 2016, Loyola University Chicago
Over 200 CPS high school students came to the Loyola University Chicago campuses to engage in full-day simulations playing roles such as state caucus member, political candidates, media representatives, community activists, and election officials. The simulation aligns with CPS Civics Curriculum Modules on the power of voting. #cpscivics
Election Simulation CPS Student Reflections:
“Loyola University Chicago School of Education Students & Faculty Engage CPS Students in Learning About Civics, (November 2016)” (Photograph provided by CPS Communications)