Kentucky Civic Seal
The Kentucky Civic Education Coalition and Kentucky’s Secretary of State Office are collaborating to create a Kentucky civic seal program: the Kentucky Civic Seal.
Capitalizing on the strong civic program created by the state’s social studies standards, the Civic Seal will further encourage and incentivize informed, engaged civic learning in and outside of the schooling context.
In January 2022, a Civic Seal Advisory Board met to deliberate on Civic Seal criteria. See the current Civic Seal draft here.
For the 2023-24 school year, we have 10 schools with one or more teachers participating in a piloting of the Seal. The purpose of the pilot is to learn about enactment of the Seal, create resources, and consider administrative supports to help sustain the program. Outcomes from the pilot will include insights into possible revisions, resources, and example forms of enactment.
What makes the Kentucky Civic Seal unique?
The Kentucky Civic Seal is grounded in flexibility and an expanded definition of civic engagement. It is flexible in that it is designed to encourage existing civic programming, as well as allow teachers to consider how it can align with their current practices, rather than being "one more thing" or an additional requirement.
As we expand traditional definitions of civic engagement to include all informed participation in civic spaces, it encourages young people to consider the multitude of ways that they already participate in civics, as well as demonstrate new pathways they can build. Particularly in rural spaces, which often present less opportunities for civic engagement, this approach supports students across diverse circumstances.
See the Civic Seal White Paper: Coming soon!
What is KCEC?
The Kentucky Council for the Social Studies (KCSS) is organizing the Kentucky Civic Education Coalition (KCEC). 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.
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. If you support civic education in Kentucky, KCEC is your way to help!
We are coming together to advocate on behalf of civic education legislation/policies, funding, and resources. We strive to create bipartisan collaboration that will strengthen civic education in public schools and; likewise, will work together to ensure successful implementation of said policies.