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2020 Civic Advocacy Network Recognition
2020 Civic Advocacy Network Recognition
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Derby North Middle School was designated a School of Excellence and Derby High School was identified as a School of Promising Practice by the Civic Advocacy Network (CAN) for the civic engagement opportunities they offer students.

The Civic Advocacy Network (CAN) was established by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) in order to recognize schools that actively involve students in civic engagement opportunities and to help collect exemplary civic engagement practices to share with schools across the state. The ultimate goal of CAN is to promote civic engagement as part of all preK-12 students’ experiences. Schools that meet the award criteria receive one of two designations – School of Excellence or School of Promising Practice.

Along with other evidence, award applicants must show student engagement around the “Six Proven Practices for Effective Civic Learning:”
• Instruction in government, history, law and democracy.
• Incorporation of discussion of current local, national and international issues, and events in the classroom, particularly those that young people view as important to their lives.
• Design and implement programs that provide students with opportunities to apply what they learn through performing community service that is linked to the formal curriculum and classroom instruction.
• Offer extracurricular activities that provide opportunities for young people to get involved in their schools or communities.
• Encourage student participation in school governance.
• Encourage student participation in simulations of democratic processes and procedures.

Schools named as Schools of Excellence are a part of CAN for three years. At the end of the three-year period, each school must reapply.

Schools that apply for the CAN award but aren’t named a School of Excellence have the opportunity to be named a School of Promising Practice. This award is given to schools that have a particularly innovative, effective or unique program that shows potential for impacting student engagement.

Derby Hills Elementary and Park Hill Elementary were designated Schools of Excellence in 2018, joined by Swaney Elementary in 2019. With the addition of Derby North Middle School this year and Derby High School to be identified as a School of Promising Practice for the second year in a row, it is an honor to have five of our schools recognized for civic engagement efforts. We are Derby Proud!

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