"We must work collaboratively together in communities and in government to solve problems, put country and the common good above party and self-interest, and hold our key governmental institutions accountable…. We must reach all our youth, and we need to find ways to get people — young and old — more involved in their communities and in their government." ~ Sandra Day O'Connor
The Civic Mission of Schools
Self-government requires far more than voting in elections. It requires citizens who are informed and thoughtful, participate in their communities, are involved in the political process, and possess moral and civic virtues. Generations of leaders, from America’s founders to the inventors of public education to elected leaders in the twentieth century, have understood that these qualities are not automatically transmitted to the next generation—they must be passed down through schools. Ultimately, schools are the guardians of democracy. ("Guardian of Democracy: The civic Mission of schools", p. 6)
As a part of the K-12 mission and vision of promoting students to become informed and active citizens, social studies not only supports the teaching of the standards and civically integrated curriculum. We encourage and promote opportunities for educators and students to connect with and engage in civic learning and action, academic scholarships, honors and awards, civic participation and competition. This page is intended to publicize and make students and teachers aware of opportunities to build citizenship and showcase scholarship.