The Barat Education Foundation (BEF) and the Constitutional Rights Foundation-USA (CRF) have embarked on a collaboration to develop a multidisciplinary inquiry and primary source-based civics curriculum for elementary, middle and high school students for the Library of Congress Primary Sources Program. The curriculum will be
- inquiry-based and utilize the analysis and interpretation of primary sources to assist students in building critical thinking skills essential for information literacy.
- deliverable in a comprehensive consolidated set of lessons (units of instruction) for 4-6th grade, 7-8th grade, and high school.
Dr. Mara Grujanac, BEF Programs Director, is leading the project which will yield a civics component for each set of lessons integrating civics into the content areas of Math, Science, English and Social Studies / History. In 2017 the curriculum will be piloted with 300 teachers and 2,000 students.
BEF/CRF will place completed civics curriculum on-line for utilization and distribution through their networks and websites and continue to provide face-to-face and internet-based professional development. The completed civics curriculum will be provided to the Library of Congress for open access dissemination through its website. This project has the potential to reach more than 1.5 million teachers and more than 20 million students.
Barat’s Primary Source Nexus website reaches a national and international audience of teachers and students with articles and curated activities that encourage the use of primary sources in the classroom.