In 2018, the state of Massachusetts passed a bill requiring Grade 8 and high school students to complete nonpartisan student-led civics projects––an inquiry-based, real world–oriented, civic action project. School and public libraries can play a key role in successful implementation of this new legislation by providing high-quality civic learning opportunities and resources for students and educators inside and outside schools. In response, from 2018 to 2019 the DKP, in partnership with the MLS, conducted a pilot project to identify key partner libraries––both public and school libraries (see the map)––and work with them to develop programming exemplars, field cases, and program resources, for library-based civic learning. From the pilot stage, we learned that there is a growing need for strong professional development opportunities for library-based civic learning, not only for librarians in Massachusetts but also for those nationwide.
Pilot Cohort Libraries of the Young Changemakers in 21st-century Libaries Project [2018-2019]
See how school libraries used the 10 Qs in their programs and activites below.
See the slides for more detail of each library.
Springfield City Library
Waltham Public Library
Lawrence Public Library
Turner Public Library
Plymouth Public Library
Shrewsbury High School Library
Carlisle Public School Library
Lawrence High School Library
Dartmouth Middle School Library
Lawrence Middle School Library