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Advisor's Page/Ongoing Engagement Opportunities

The Victoria East High School Chapter of the RHO KAPPA National Social Studies Honor Society is sponsored by Mr. Van Cleave, Mrs. Medlin, and Mr. Fabbro. 

In addition to teaching social studies classes, Mr. Van Cleave serves as the current Social Studies Department Head at VEHS, he is the VEHS Campus Representative for the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), and is a supporting member of the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education (TAGE), Mrs. Medlin serves as an AP World History Reader, and Mr. Fabbro serves as a teacher and mentor for the VEHS Advanced Academic Skills (AAS) Classes. All three sponsors have acted as volunteer mentors/advisers for the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP).
 
RHO KAPPA Ongoing Engagement Opportunities

To prepare students for college, career, and civic life, we would like to highlight a few programs and organizations. Inclusion in this article does not indicate official endorsement by Victoria East High School or the Victoria Independent School District. 

Action Civics Initiative 

National Council for the Social Studies and the Victoria East High School Social Studies Department are a part of the Action Civics Initiative, a non-partisan network of 28 organizations. Action Civics is a student-centered, project-based approach to civics education that develops the individual skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary for effective citizenship. The Action Civics Initiative promotes four strategies based on community needs: student voice; deliberation; real-world interactions with civic officials and processes; and strong instructor support. These organizations include:  

The American Bar Association

 

The Albert Shanker Institute

 

The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

 

The Center for Civic Education

 

The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement

 

The Civic Engagement Research Group

 

The Constitutional Rights Foundation

 

Discovering Justice

 

Earth Force


Facing History and Ourselves

Generation Citizen

 

iCivics

 

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

 

The Lou Frey Institute of Politics & Government

 

The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics

 

The McCormick Foundation

 

The Mikva Challenge

 

National Association of Student Councils

 
 
 

Opportunity Youth United

 

Participatory Budgeting Project
 

Pearson
 

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
 

Street Law, Inc.
 

Student Voice
 

Teach For America
 

Youth Build

 


Teens Dream Collaborative

Teens Dream is a global video competition for teens to share and connect around their dreams, as they relate to one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This program is led by Global Co Lab Network and is managed by a group of teen and adult co-creators from the greater Washington, DC area, with support from individuals, volunteers and partner organizations. Video entries will be accepted from September 30th through January 5th, 2018! For more information, visit the Teens Dream Colab Website.



Design for Change USA

Design for Change empowers young people to change themselves and the world around them. Every year, students of all ages from around the country do projects in their community that not only improve lives but help them build their character. Using the Design for Change, design thinking process: feel, imagine, do, share - they have shut down drug houses, addressed the dropout rate in their high school, helped refugees assimilate to the American diet and have done hundreds of other projects in their local communities that have resulted in real change.

You can access their free Web Portal HERE, which will take you step by step through the Design for Change process. You can then submit your projects for the Design for Change Challenge! See the video about last year's winners below.