The Seal of Civic Readiness is a formal recognition that a student has attained a high level of proficiency in terms of civic knowledge, civic skills, civic mindset and civic experiences.
To obtain the Seal of Civic Readiness, a student must complete all requirements for a New York State local or Regents diploma and earn a specified number of points, to be outlined in guidance issued by the Education Department, in two areas: Civic Knowledge and Civic Participation.
It’s a challenge for any school district, so we congratulate Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School, which was recently accepted into the pilot program to offer students the New York State Seal of Civic Readiness.
In order to qualify, the social studies department had to compile all of the civic activities currently offered in their middle and high school programs. Acceptance into the program indicates that VVS’ civic opportunities are robust enough to offer students the activities necessary to prepare them to be active and civic-minded members of their community.
Social Studies Teacher Leader Brad Myatt led the application process, and credits the VVS’ acceptance into the program on the distrct’s long-standing tradition of providing students with numerous ways to demonstrate knowledge.
“Our department had already been offering multiple ways for students to show they are civically prepared and civically-minded, and now students are able to receive credit toward graduation or an additional acknowledgment that they have gone above and beyond in their studies,” Myatt said. “The Seal of Civic Readiness is a great opportunity for our learners who excel at hands-on learning and projects. We are proud to be a pilot school in such a forward-thinking program.”
And we have no doubt that outstanding students at VVS will want to participate in the program.
For additional details about the program, check out the website at nysed.gov.