Mills College, in partnership with Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and the National Writing Project, has received funding from the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation to implement a digital civics initiative in OUSD - Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age. The pupose of this initiative is to leverage web 2.0 tools and best practices in civic education to provide all high school students with opportunities that support their dvevleopment to be college, career, and community ready. Through the efforts of three teacher working groups, teams will create, pilot, refine, and then share model units that foster civic learning and engagement, as well as lessons that develop digital research and literacy skills. By the end of three years, there will be a criitical mass of teachers at every grade level providing digital and civic learning opportunties as part of the standard curriculumm. EDDA will then be poised to expand the program so that we can develop a district wide opportunity structure that enables all students in OUSD to become skilled, thoughtful, and engaged community members.
Joe Kahne and Ellen Middaugh are co-prinicipal investigators for the project.
Link to Project Overview
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