Civic Education Cooperative Education Exchange Program

(1) To make available to educators from eligible countries exemplary curricula and teacher training programs in civics, government, and economics education, developed in the United States; (2) to assist eligible countries in the adaptation, implementation, and institutionalization of such programs; (3)
to create and implement civics, government, and economic education programs for students that draw upon the experiences of participating eligible countries; (4) to provide a means for the exchange of ideas and experiences in civics, government, and economic education among political, educational, governmental, and private sector leaders of participating eligible countries; and (5) to provide support for--(a) independent research and evaluation to determine the effects of educational programs on students' development of the knowledge, skills, and traits of character essential for the preservation and improvement of constitutional democracy; and (b) effective participation in, and the preservation and improvement of, an efficent market economy.
Examples of Funded Projects

The Sage Colleges received an award to administer the Civic Mosaic, and exchange program that will help prepare young people in the United States and Russia to be more reponsible citizens.

Through this program 12 American regions will be paired with 12 Russian regions, and each region will exchange 2 teachers (exchange fellows) annually.

Exchange fellows will engage in joint research projects, seminars, present research at international conferences, and develop lesson plans and classroom resources.

The Center for Civic Education will administer Civitas Latin America, an exchange program that will: 1) assist Latin American educators in creating, adapting, implementing, and institutionalizing civic educaiton programs in their own countries; 2) create and implement civic education programs for students in the United States that will help them better understand the history and experiences of emerging and advanced democracies in Latin America; and 3) facilitate the exchange of ideas related to civic education between educational, governmental, and private sector leaders in the United States and Latin America.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.