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Rhode Island Civic Readiness Task Force

The Rhode Island Civic Readiness Task Force is a diverse coalition of stakeholders, including educators, parents, community members, students, and advocacy organizations who will support civics education in the state.

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The Task Force will convene for six sessions from September 2022 through March 2023, and be charged with advising the Commissioner concerning:

  • The advisability of adding a half credit course in civics in grades 8 and high school which would focus upon media literacy so students can learn to effectively utilize the internet and social media
  • Methods and resources to support students in how to have respectful conversations on controversial issues with individuals having different views from their own, to be shared with LEAs, and ways to include hands-on instruction on voter registration that will also be provided to LEAs
  • Implementation of the Commissioner’s Diploma Seal of Civic Readiness for high school graduates and civics award program for middle school students
  • The development of a specific definition of “civic readiness” – to include civic knowledge, civic skills (including media literacy skills), civic experiences and civic mindsets
  • Implementation of the requirement in the 2021 Civic Literacy Act that every school district provide one student-led civics project for students during either middle or high school
  • Such other recommendations as the Task Force members may deem advisable

The Task Force will be expected to submit an initial report and recommendations to the Commissioner by March 31, 2023.

For questions about the Civic Readiness Task Force, please contact CivicsTaskForce@ride.ri.gov.