Civic Action Project (CAP)
CAP is a different kind of civic and government course.
Engaging students in taking civic actions to address issues that matter to them.
Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago provides Chicagoland teachers with professional development on the Civic Action Project (CAP). CAP provides content-driven lessons and activities to support high school American Government or Civics instruction and provides a variety of ways to engage students in taking civic actions to affect real issues. Created by the Constitutional Rights Foundation (Los Angeles) with funding from the Annenberg Foundation, CAP is designed to provide a “practicum” in effective, engaged citizenship for the high school government course.
CAP has three major components:
Curriculum. Fourteen lessons with case studies where students explore the policy dimensions of local problems, learn how the policy is made and how to evaluate it, and practice methods for affecting the policy-making process.
Web Component. Student Blog and Talk features where students can share opinions and actions with other students across the country as they complete their CAPs. Web pages designed for teacher support and feedback.
- Civic Action Project. CAP is a series of civic actions students take to impact a policy or policy-related issue and create a CAP report compiling their civic actions and what they have learned.
For more information, contact Dee Runaas at 312-663-9057.