Available Resources for New TN State Law:
The Tennessee Center for Civic Learning and Engagement has available resources needed to meet the requirements of the new legislation (TCA, Section 49-6-1028). Project Citizen meets the requirement and is correlated to core academic subjects. Professional development opportunities are available.
3635 Georgetown Road
Cleveland, TN 37312
Tennessee Center for Civic Learning and Engagement
Legislation implementing a new emphasis on civics education in Tennessee was among bills signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam this week as the state prepares to observe the Memorial Day weekend. Senate Bill 2066, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), aims to give students the skills they need to be better informed about the workings of their own government by requiring civics education be included in the public school curriculum assessed by Local Educational Agencies (LEAs).
To enhance the teaching of Tennessee civics, law, justice, citizenship, history, government and humanities in Tennessee K-12 schools through professional development programs for Tennessee teachers and legal resource people, and through statewide civic and law-related programs for students.
To be a dynamic community prevention partner dedicated to building safe and healthy communities through shared knowledge, skill and capacity development.
Teaching American History Grant:
The program is designed to raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge and understanding of and appreciation for traditional U.S. history and Tennessee Civics. Grant awards will assist LEAs, in partnership with entities that have content expertise, to develop, document, evaluate, and disseminate innovative and cohesive models of professional development. By helping teachers to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of U.S. history as a separate subject matter within the core curriculum, these programs will improve instruction and raise student achievement.