Civic Learning Award: Natomas Charter School

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Natomas Charter School

County of: Sacramento
Civic Learning Award of: Merit
Recognized for: for its unique international One Voice project and mandatory comprehensive social studies curriculum

Civic Learning Description

Civic Learning at Natomas Charter School (NCS) happens at an international level with their One Voice Project, where some NCS students have the opportunity to connect halfway around the world with students at a Turkish Academy to build international goodwill and promote understanding, tolerance, and peace. The project’s aim is to breakdown stereotypes of what defines a teen, both in a western and in a Middle Eastern country. In addition to their One Voice project, all students at NCS are required to complete a comprehensive social studies curriculum where students are encouraged to analyze historical events by understanding and applying the concepts which shaped them to the present and by understanding the own agency within the context of an American Democracy.

Research-Based Civic Education Practices

This school demonstrates the following research-based best practices in civic education. For more information on research-based best practices, visit the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools website.
  • Provide instruction in government, history, law and democracy, and avoid teaching only rote facts about dry procedures.
  • Discuss current local, national and international issues and events in the classroom, particularly those that young people view as important to their lives.
  • Conduct community service that is linked to the formal curriculum and classroom (Service-learning)
  • Offer extracurricular activities that provide opportunities for young people to get involved in their schools or communities.
  • Encourage students’ participation in simulations of democratic process and procedures such as voting, trials, legislative deliberation, and diplomacy.

Contact Information

Ting Sun
4600 Blackrock Drive
Sacramento, CA 95835
(916) 928-5353 ext. 1010