Minnesota Civic Leadership Institute Online (CLIO)
The Civic Leadership Institute Online (CLIO) provided original content that complemented other online resources and developed young people’s ability to act on issues that matter to them and to increase their civic and political understanding.
Civics Education. $250,000 the first year and $250,000 the second year are for a competitive Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants Program-Civics Education. The commissioner shall award grants to entities that conduct civics education programs for the civic and cultural development of Minnesota youth.
The proposed outcomes of the project were:
- Develop interactive, high-quality, digital media and innovative practices in networked learning, including facilitated forums and organization of resources to allow self-interest based learning;
- Reach at least 150 teachers/program leaders and 6,000 young people statewide with civic education resources reflecting diverse cultural traditions and types of civic action;
- Build the capacity of at least 25 teachers/program leaders to provide effective civic education;
- Contribute to increased civic skills, understanding, and knowledge and/or other positive changes (e.g. confidence, academic performance or retention) for 4,000 young people statewide;
- Foster 200 connections and exchanges among Minnesota adults and young people interested in civic education; and
- Create 30 videos and other media products for online use that supports inclusive understandings of civic education, democratic participation, and community development and change.
We have developed more than 100 short videos by filming diverse civic leaders reflecting on their experiences and what they have learned from them. More than 300 toolkits, exercises, and other resources also support inclusive understandings of civic education, democratic participation, and community development and change. The content and site structure reflect input from the CLIO advisory group, three focus groups, and other users. People using the site are encouraged to rate and comment on specific items as well.
More than 4,500 teachers, civic engagement and youth development program leaders, and community stakeholders have received information about CLIO through email newsletters, direct messages, and handouts or discussions at events. It is harder to know the number of young people reached, in part because we do not require users to register (because that might discourage them from using the resources) and thus cannot track individual users, and also because a single user can show a video to a class or print out a document and share it with a group without any indication of that broader reach. The higher education institutions, youth development organizations, and others who received information about CLIO serve at least 480,000 young people across the state, so we likely met our goal in terms of reach.
Trainings we offered definitely increased participants’ capacity to support civic education and engagement. The 75 people who attended the October 18, 2014, day-long “Developing Civic Leaders” event were split almost equally between educators and college students. In response to an online evaluation survey, they agreed that they had “gained practical information or skills” (4.25 average on a 5-point scale), “left more aware of resources available to support my civic leadership development work” (4.13 average), “left with specific ideas or intentions for actions” (4.24 average), and “made new connections with others” (4.25 average).
Ron Anderson, President, Century College; Jay Barnes
President, Bethel University; Alan Cureton, President, University of Northwestern–St. Paul; Andrew Furco,
Associate Vice President for Public Engagement, University of Minnesota; Sue Hammersmith, President, Metropolitan State University; Richard Hanson,
President, Bemidji State University/Northwest Technical College; Jacqueline Johnson, Chancellor, University of Minnesota Morris; Liz Kuoppala, Executive Director, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless; Stephen Lehmkuhle, Chancellor, University of Minnesota Rochester; John O’Brien, President, North Hennepin Community College; Earl Potter (Chair), President, St. Cloud State University; Paul Pribbenow, President, Augsburg College; Chanda Smith Baker, President & CEO, Pillsbury United Communities