Minnesota 2005-06 Summary Facilitator / Coordinator: Jennifer Bloom, Executive Director, Learning Law and Democracy Foundation, 651-772-4276, email@example.com. Minnesota Civics Coalition Membership, past and present Justice Paul Anderson, Minnesota Supreme Court Jim Greenwalt, Director of Senate Information and Administrative Services, Minnesota State Senate, Past Chair of NCSL Eldon Kaul, Chair, Civic Education Committee, Minnesota State Bar Association Dianne Miller, Chair, Education Initiatives Committee, Minnesota City County Managers Association Juanita Peterson, 1st Vice President, League of Women Voters Minnesota Rick Theisen, Past President, National Council for the Social Studies Jennifer Bloom, Learning Law and Democracy Foundation Dana Carmichael, Director of Staff Development, Bloomington Public Schools Representative Jim Davnie Senator Steve Kelley Charles Skemp, Social Studies Specialist Department of Education Mary Ann Van Houten, Assistant Commissioner Department of Education Lisa Wilde, Minnesota Bar Association Efforts to expand the coalition during 2005-06 included adding the following: 1. Minnesota Court System, including the Minnesota Trial Courts, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and the Minnesota Supreme Court, recognizes the need for improved civic education with special emphasis on increasing the public understanding of the importance of an independent judiciary, and has joined the effort to increase the awareness of the need for comprehensive civic education. 2. Minnesota City/County Managers Association, representing local government agencies, has created a civic education committee which has developed standards based civic education materials on local government and made them available on a new web page. 3. Minnesota Bar Association recently launched a new civic education committee which has been charged with the task of reviewing the programs sponsored by bar associations throughout the country and making recommendations to the Minnesota State Bar Association for future programming activity. The Minnesota State Bar Association Civic Education Committee will be hosting the first Minnesota Civic Education Summit within the next three months. The goal of the summit is to bring together all civic education sponsors and interested organizations to increase awareness of program opportunities and explore potential efforts to increase quality and quantity of civic education programs in the state. Among the potential future activities being considered include implementing a civics survey/index to help communities and schools understand the quality of their civics instruction and engagement and develop plans for improvement and creating a resource rich web page that will promote civic education and link sponsoring organizations.
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