An Advocacy Coalition from the Kentucky Council for the Social Studies
Who are we? The Kentucky Council for the Social Studies (KCSS) is organizing the Kentucky Civic Education Coalition (KCEC).
What are we doing? We are building a non-partisan coalition of nonprofits, educators, business and community leaders, think tanks, universities, and other partners committed to preparing all students to be informed, engaged participants in civic life. We are coming together to advocate on behalf of civic education legislation, funding, and policies. We strive to create bipartisan legislation that will strengthen civic education in public schools and; likewise, will work together to ensure successful implementation of said policies.
Just like our state motto--united we stand, divided we fall—by collaborating with the bluegrass’ leaders, educators, and advocates for civic learning, we can stand together and make Kentucky a national example of civics as a core component of every young person’s education.
Our mission is to promote civic education and engagement in Kentucky by convening a broad range of stakeholders committed to building support for legislation, funding, and policies that promote high quality and civic learning opportunities for students, teachers, and communities.
We envision a state where all students have opportunities for high-quality civic education that prepare them to be thoughtful, informed, and actively-engaged members of their communities, locally and beyond.
How will we operate?
Meetings (with virtual options): Introductory meeting; annual meeting at KCSS fall conference; quarterly meetings for committees
Communication channel: Develop a professional learning network (PLN) through KCSS newsletter and standalone KCEC listserv
Support for coalition building: Opportunities to network and connect with people from around the state
Spotlight civic leaders: showcase students, educators, and other civic leaders
Planned Membership Structure As a volunteer coalition, we will rely on the active participation of members and member organizations. We seek members who are engaged in the work and contribute in many ways, such as hosting a meeting/event, writing content, watching legislation, communicating with networks, and providing other resources where possible. Member expectations
Regularly attend meetings (meetings to all have a virtual option)
Join at least one committee (TBD)
If representing an organization, identify at least one employee as your organization’s designated point of contact
Committees The KCSS Steering Committee is responsible for the overall strategy in collaboration with a KCEC executive board (TBD). To support the coalition’s work, we will identify operational areas based on member input. From there, we will create committees reflective of those areas.
Organizational Structure KCEC is housed under KCSS, a 501(c)3 organization and must abide by lobbying restrictions, meaning lobbying is not a “substantial” part of the organization’s activities, as defined by the IRS. (See more here). Rather, our focus is on advocacy -- elevating our voices about civic education with policymakers or the public. Advocacy can entail: Grassroots organizing, public education, public education, policy research, lobbying, position papers or statements on issues, voter registration, coalition participation or building, and election activities.
The chair and co-chair of KCEC is determined by the KCSS officers (President, Vice President, Secretary).