Civic Learning and Student Success Civic Partnership Initiative

A consortium of four organizations—Campus Compact, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), Education Commission of the States (ECS), and Generation Citizen—have selected eight institutions to receive grants to participate in an initiative to advance civic learning and student success across the education continuum.

The initiative is grounded in the understanding that civic learning is both intrinsically important and is a powerful way to deepen students’ engagement in their own education, thereby promoting their overall success. The initiative is a team-based approach designed to support local education partnerships through an Action Summit and complementary learning communities.

To enable participation in the Summit by broad-based urban and regional teams, Campus Compact and its partners made available small grants to cover participants’ travel and lodging expenses. Support for awards is made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund.

Campus Compact and its partners will launch the initiative with an Action Summit to be held on November 18, 2015, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. At the Summit, team members will learn about the State Civic Education Policy Framework and the Action Civics curriculum.

The Summit will also include a planning session, during which local teams will identify specific actions to be taken by team members to implement an experiential civic learning plan in their city or region. Participants in the Summit will subsequently participate in a series of online learning exchanges to build on ideas discussed at the Summit and discuss successes and challenges with peers from other cities and regions.

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