Middle school teachers play a particularly strong role in boosting civic knowledge and engagement, helping students become active, responsible citizens. NASBE’s Civic Engagement Champions (CEC) award program honors middle school teachers who promote their students’ active citizenship.

With the support of the Frank Islam Institute for 21st Century Citizenship (FII), NASBE will highlight the work of four outstanding middle school teachers who are fostering civic engagement.  National recognition and $5,000 awards will be made at NASBE’s Annual Conference in October to teachers from four states—Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Washington, which represent NASBE’s four regional membership areas. We plan to expand the program in future years and hope eventually to operate in all 50 states.

“The civic engagement awards will be presented to teachers who are making a difference in the classroom and beyond by empowering students and making their schools and communities better.  These teachers are on the front lines of creating 21st century citizens,” says Frank Islam, founder of FII. The Institute was created to address an increasing civic engagement deficit in the United States and around the world.

“Democracy is not a spectator sport, and state leaders take very seriously their responsibility to develop students who are prepared to play an active role in our democracy,” says Robert Hull, president and CEO of NASBE. “Civic Education Champions is one critical way to raise up talented teachers who encourage students to become more active citizens.”

Read the full press release on NASBE’s Civic Engagement Champions (CEC) award program.