American Civics and History Initiative
The American Civics and History Initiative (ACHI) is designed to provide teachers the knowledge and content necessary to be highly effective in teaching our founding principles and history. It is built around three key points:
- That the mission statement of the United States is set forth in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence: “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” with the emphasis on the freedom and responsibilities of the individual,
- That the Constitution is the strategic plan for the achievement of that mission; and,
- That our history as a country is really a history of the journey of effort, failure, and progress toward that mission.
The ACHI is a collaboration of three of the nation’s leading experts in civics education in our high schools – The Jack Miller Center (JMC), The Ashbrook Center and the Bill of Rights Institute (BRI). These organizations are committed to leveraging their institutional strengths in the state of Florida to
- conduct 174 new professional development opportunities for secondary school teachers of American history, civics, and social studies
- build their combined teacher reach in Florida from approximately 3,000 at present to 6,800 secondary school educators who teach 680,000 students each year
- strengthen the depth of their educator relationships, building learning communities around American Founding content
- track teacher growth in knowledge of American history and Founding principles through pre- and post-tests; and
- demonstrate effective public collaboration between the three organizations, and the support of the Florida Department of Education and Florida Education Foundation.
More information can be found at amcivics.org.