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Former Educator Carol Coe Stays Connected to Social Studies through the Civic Education Initiative

Congratulations to Carol Coe on being recognized as one of the seven recipients of the 2019 Golden Apple Moments for her outstanding achievements in education in Washington State.

September 2, 2019

Golden Apple winner Carol Coe is here to remind us that Social Studies is a broad group of subjects – history, civics, geography, sociology, economics and psychology.

"The Civic Education Initiative is an effort to ensure that every student, kindergarten through high school graduation, is provided an effective high caliber civic education so that upon graduation, they can be effective participants in our democratic society. It’s an inquiry approach to teaching and learning in the classroom. So, it's not kids memorizing just specific facts, like names and dates. It's asking them to inquire into the subject that they're studying," Coe said.

The Washington State legislature recently passed a graduation requirement that students must complete one semester of a stand-alone civics class. Coe believes that’s not enough, adding, "We need to start in kindergarten, giving our students the knowledge and the skills needed to be effective citizens."

This involves what is known as "action civics," a method of teaching and learning whereby students are involved personally.



PEMCO Insurance is a proud sponsor of Golden Apple Moments, which recognizes those who have made Washington schools better places for learning

Kathy Tuohey

Veteran producer Kathy Tuohey has been working in broadcast television for over 25 years. From daily segments to documentaries, her expertise includes arts programming, human interest stories and education specials. She is managing producer of the Golden Apple Awards, produces the Pathways to Excellence education series, and is a contributor to IN Close.  This Northwest native’s natural curiosity about the people and places of our region keeps her on the lookout for the next great story.

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