News Literacy Program Coordinator

November 13th, 2017 by CIVIX

CIVIX is seeking a motivated and hard-working individual to take on the role of News Literacy Program Coordinator.

Working with the CIVIX team, you will contribute to the development and delivery of a news literacy initiative during and between elections, launching in the spring of 2018.

BACKGROUND

CIVIX is Canada’s leading civic education charity dedicated to fostering the habits of active and engaged citizenship among young people. We work with teachers to provide authentic learning opportunities to help students practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens and connect with their democratic institutions. Rather than learn about civics and citizenship from a textbook, students experience it firsthand with relevant events and issues in real-time.

CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, citizen consultations, news literacy and elected representatives. CIVIX also facilitates professional development opportunities for educators to improve their capacity and commitment to civic education.

Our flagship program, Student Vote, is a parallel election for students under the voting age coinciding with general elections. Students learn about government and democracy, discuss campaign issues, research the parties and platforms, and consume media. In the culminating activity, students cast ballots for the official local candidates and the results are shared with media for broadcast and publication. In the last federal election, 922,000 students cast a ballot from 6,662 schools across Canada, representing all 338 electoral districts.

In partnership with the Canadian Journalism Foundation, we will be launching a news literacy program to provide school-aged Canadians an understanding of the role of journalism in a healthy democracy and the tools to find and filter information online. The activities and tools will be designed for use during and between elections.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

Your role as the News Literacy Program Coordinator shall include, but not be limited to the following: 

  • Program Coordination: Work with staff members and project partners to coordinate or contribute to related tasks and carry out operational duties.
  • Research: Conduct research and information gathering on news literacy programming throughout the world.
  • Resource Production: Assist with the development of lesson plans, video content and the online learning space, including coordination with vendors.
  • Consultation: Organize consultation processes and market testing with teachers and students during the resource production phase and post-trial analysis.
  • Outreach: Contact schools by phone and email to encourage participation in Student Vote and the news literacy initiative, with particular emphasis on remote and underserved communities.
  • Teacher Support: Communicate with participating teachers via phone and email, and offering support in program implementation.
  • Event Coordination: Develop and implement a system to coordinate visits between journalists and schools.
  • Public Relations and Media: Support the creation and execution of a media and communications strategy to promote awareness of the initiatives.
  • Reporting and Evaluation: Report internally and externally on program results, participant outcomes and lessons learned.

SKILLS AND CORE COMPETENCIES 

  • At least two years’ experience in project coordination, journalism and/or communications
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong research acumen
  • Sound judgement and decision-making abilities
  • Self-initiative and ability to prioritize
  • French fluency is an asset

CONTRACT DETAILS

This position is a full-time two-year contract position, with a permanent position to follow pending performance and funding.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

The deadline to apply is December 1. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Cover letter, resume and two references for recent work experience to be submitted as a PDF e-mail attachment to hello@civix.ca with ‘News Literacy Program Coordinator’ in the subject line. No phone calls about the position can be accepted. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CIVIX is committed to accessible recruiting, employment and retention practices, and individual accommodations can be provided upon request.

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Student Vote Nunavut: The Results

October 30th, 2017 by CIVIX

2,000 Nunavut youth cast ballots in Student Vote program for the territorial election

More than 2,000 elementary and secondary students participated in the Student Vote project for the 2017 Nunavut territorial election.

After learning about territorial government and the electoral process, exploring the issues and candidates, and discussing the election with family and friends, students cast ballots for the official candidates running in their constituency.

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By 7:00 p.m. ET, 23 schools had reported their election results, representing 14 constituencies throughout the territory. In total, 2,035 ballots were cast by student participants.

VIEW COMPLETE RESULTS HERE: http://studentvote.ca/results/nu2017

 Our online results platform allows you to explore results by each constituency, as well as by each individual school.

This is the first Student Vote program to be held for a territorial election in Nunavut. In the 2015 federal election, 1,198 Nunavut students participated from 12 registered schools.

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. CIVIX provides authentic learning opportunities to help young Canadians develop the habits of active and engaged citizenship. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

The Student Vote project for the 2017 territorial election was made possible with support from Elections Nunavut and the Government of Canada.

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Student Vote Day for the Nunavut Territorial Election

October 29th, 2017 by CIVIX

1,500 students will voice their political opinions in first-ever Student Vote program for Nunavut territorial election

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 1,500 elementary and secondary students from throughout Nunavut will have an opportunity to consider the future direction of their community, and vote for candidates running in their constituency.

The Student Vote program is a hands-on learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to experience the voting process firsthand and practice the habits of active and engaged citizenship.

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Participating schools are supplied with free learning materials and election supplies to help them engage in the campaign and organize a parallel vote.

Students learn about the territorial government and democracy, and research the issues and candidates through classroom activities, family discussion and campaign events. In the culminating activity, students take on the roles of election officials and coordinate the election process for their peers.

On Student Vote Day (October 30), students cast ballots for the candidates running for in their school’s constituency. The results are tabulated and released publicly following the closing of the official polls.

A total of 28 schools have registered to participate in the Student Vote program for the 2017 territorial election, representing 19 constituencies from across the territory. This is the first Student Vote program to be held for a territorial election in Nunavut.

With support from Elections Nunavut and the Government of Canada, the Student Vote program was offered free to schools.

The Student Vote election results will be released at the close of polls on Monday, October 30 (8 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT/ 6 p.m. MT).

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. CIVIX provides authentic learning opportunities to help young Canadians practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens and connect with their democratic institutions. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 37 Student Vote projects at various levels of elections. In the 2015 federal election, 922,000 students cast ballots from 6,662 schools representing all 338 ridings.

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80,000 Alberta youth cast ballots in Student Vote program for the local elections

October 16th, 2017 by Dan Allan

More than 80,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote project for the 2017 local elections in Alberta.

After learning about government and the electoral process, exploring the issues and candidates, and discussing the election with family and friends, students cast ballots for their local municipal council and school board trustee candidates.

“CIVIX would like to thank all of the dedicated teachers that have made civic education a priority and added democracy to the curriculum,” says Taylor Gunn, President of CIVIX. “With more than 80,000 participants, we have surpassed expectations for our first-ever local elections project in Alberta.”

By 3:45 p.m. MT, 758 schools had reported their election results, representing 124 municipalities throughout the province. In total, 82,284 ballots were cast by student participants.

MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS: http://studentvote.ca/results/ablocal2017 

SCHOOL AUTHORITY RESULTS: http://studentvote.ca/results/home/municipal_results_by_school_boards/22

RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Calgary: Naheed Nenshi was elected mayor with 45.9% of the vote, defeating Bill Smith (27.9%), David Lapp (7.5%), Andre Chabot (4.6%) and Stan ‘The Man’ Waciak (4.2%), among other challengers. More than 31,000 students cast ballots from 215 schools representing all 14 municipal wards.
  • Edmonton: Don Iveson was elected mayor with 57.3% of the vote, defeating Justin Thomas (7.4%), Carla Frost (6.5%), Mike Butler (5.1%) and Taz Bouchier (4.5%), among other challengers. More than 18,000 students cast ballots from 193 schools representing all 12 municipal wards.
  • Throughout the province: An additional 30,000 students from 121 municipalities throughout the province cast ballots for their local municipal council and school board trustee candidates.

BACKGROUND:
Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. CIVIX provides authentic learning opportunities to help young Canadians develop the habits of active and engaged citizenship. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

The Student Vote project for the 2017 local elections was made possible with support from the Government of AlbertaEdmonton Community FoundationAlberta Teachers’ Association, Galvin Family Trust, Elections Alberta and the Government of Canada.

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Student Vote Days for the Alberta Local Elections

October 12th, 2017 by CIVIX

60,000 students will voice their political opinions in first-ever Student Vote program for Alberta local elections

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 60,000 elementary and high school students from throughout Alberta will have an opportunity to consider the future direction of their community and vote for candidates running for municipal council and school board trustee.

The Student Vote program is a hands-on learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to experience the voting process firsthand and practice the habits of active and engaged citizenship.

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Participating schools are supplied with free learning materials and election supplies to help them engage in the campaign and organize a parallel vote.

Students learn about local government and democracy, and research the issues and candidates through classroom activities, family discussion and campaign events. In the culminating activity, students take on the roles of election officials and coordinate the election process for their peers.

On Student Vote Day (October 12 and 13), students cast ballots for the candidates running for mayor/reeve, councillor and school board trustee. The results are tabulated and released publicly following the closing of the official polls.

A total of 934 schools have registered to participate in the Student Vote program for the 2017 local elections, representing 158 Alberta municipalities. This is the first Student Vote program to be held for municipal and school board elections in Alberta.

With support from the Government of AlbertaEdmonton Community FoundationAlberta Teachers’ Association, Galvin Family Trust, Elections Alberta and the Government of Canada, the Student Vote program was offered free to schools.

The Student Vote election results will be released at the close of polls on Monday, October 16 (8:00 p.m. MT).

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. CIVIX provides authentic learning opportunities to help young Canadians practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens and connect with their democratic institutions. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 36 Student Vote projects at various levels of elections. In the 2015 federal election, 922,000 students cast ballots from 6,662 schools representing all 338 ridings.

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Calgary and Edmonton Mayoral Candidates Respond to Student Vote Questions

October 2nd, 2017 by CIVIX

Next week, elementary and junior/senior high school students from more than 900 Alberta schools will participate in the local elections through the Student Vote program.

On Student Vote Day (October 12 and 13), students will take on the roles of election officials and coordinate a vote for the election candidates running in their school’s municipality. Results are reported to CIVIX confidentially and shared publicly following the close of the polls on October 16.

To help students prepare for their Student Vote Day (October 12 and 13), CIVIX asked the mayoral candidates in Calgary and Edmonton to respond to four questions from students in their respective cities.

CALGARY

More than 160 student questions were submitted from schools across Calgary and we were please to receive video responses from several mayoral campaigns.

  • Students from Rosemont School asked: “What will be your biggest priority as Mayor?”

You can view all of the student questions and candidate responses from Calgary here: http://studentvote.ca/ablocal2017/calgary/

EDMONTON

More than 120 student questions were submitted from schools across Edmonton and we were please to receive video responses from several mayoral campaigns.

  • Students from Oliver School asked: “What will you do to improve the city? How will that process take place?”

You can view all of the student questions and candidate responses from Edmonton here: http://studentvote.ca/ablocal2017/edmonton/

 

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 36 Student Vote programs at various levels of elections. In the 2015 federal election, 922,000 students cast ballots from 6,662 schools representing all 338 ridings.

The Student Vote project for the 2017 municipal and school board elections is made possible due to support from the Government of AlbertaEdmonton Community FoundationAlberta Teachers’ Association, Galvin Family Trust, Elections Alberta and the Government of Canada

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Introducing NewsWise

September 20th, 2017 by CIVIX

Ivanka Trump commits $1 million to CIVIX

That’s #fakenews.

This isn’t: Google Canada is supporting CIVIX and the Canadian Journalism Foundation to design and deliver a news literacy program for students. The announcement was made today and covered by the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and the Canadian Press.

The program will provide school aged Canadians with the tools and skills to find and filter accurate information online and promote an understanding of the role of journalists and news organizations in ensuring a healthy democracy.

News literacy has been a priority for CIVIX and a mainstay of our Student Vote program since its inception. In the summer of 2003, before our first election, Lindsay and I drove throughout Ontario in her grandmother’s car to meet with the editors and publishers of nearly every single regional daily newspaper and negotiated with them to distribute free newspapers to schools participating in Student Vote to promote media consumption. 

But times have changed and the ways in which we consume and share news have fundamentally changed with social media and an abundance of information on numerous platforms. There is a need to help kids develop the knowledge and capacity to filter, sort and critique what is coming at them from every angle.

This is a challenging project in challenging times, and we will give everything we have to make this effective and successful.

Thanks for letting me be in touch about our efforts, and I hope to have more for you soon.

​Taylor

Taylor Gunn
President & CEO
CIVIX

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NewsWise — Democracy Demands News Literacy

September 19th, 2017 by CIVIX

The rallying cry of The Canadian Journalism Foundation feels particularly relevant these days: ‘as journalism goes so goes democracy’.

More than ever, it’s critical that current and future generations understand the role journalism plays in our democracy. With social media and an abundance of information on numerous platforms, the ways we consume and share news have fundamentally changed. We need to help Canadians better understand how quality journalism is produced and how to determine which sources of information are reliable. News literacy skills are essential to this process.

With a $500,000 grant from Google Canada, the CJF is thrilled to be partnering with CIVIX on NewsWise – a program to provide school aged Canadians with the tools and skills to find and filter accurate information online. The program will reach 1.5 million Canadians (ages 9-19) and the goal is to increase students’ ability to analyze media messages and expand their knowledge about how news is produced.

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NewsWise will be developed by CIVIX, the organization behind Student Vote, and CJF’s network of news leaders, journalists and academics. The program will be a part of the Student Vote activities, rolling out to coincide with the Ontario provincial election in 2018, and other upcoming local and provincial elections, culminating nationally with the 2019 federal election. Student Vote already has programs in 98% of Canadian school boards. CJF will engage Canada’s journalism community in supporting the delivery of the program.

The partnership between the CJF and CIVIX is built on the shared goal that that quality journalism in our country leads to a thriving democracy.

Authored by Natalie Turvey Executive Director of The Canadian Journalism Foundation and Taylor Gunn, President and Chief Election Officer of CIVIX.

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Canada 150

June 29th, 2017 by Sabrina Sousa

This year, Canada Day marks a significant milestone as it has been 150 years since Confederation when Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick came together to form the Dominion of Canada. Through the British North America Act of 1867, each of these former British colonies united as one independent nation.

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Canada 150 celebrates the history of our country’s sovereignty and the appreciation of Canadian values including diversity, the environment and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

Here are some interesting links you can use to get involved in and stay informed about Canada 150 celebrations:

  • Celebrating diversity and multiculturalism, 150 Stories recognizes remarkable Canadians, organizations, and events and how they have impacted Canada with their message.
  • Celebrate Canada 150 with the city of Toronto’s four-day festival at Nathan Phillips Square.
  • Mark Canada Day with 10 new stamps by Canada Post celebrating Canada’s 150th.
  • Enjoy an old-fashioned parade, free breakfast, and music at Calgary’s Heritage Park.
  • Agri-Food Canada is celebrating 150 years of growth, development and sustainability. Read about their history, impact, events and celebrations.
  • Along with Canada turning 150, Montreal is celebrating its 375th birthday this year.
  • Take the “Get to know your contemporary Indigenous artists” quiz to learn about significant figures in the Indigenous arts community.
  • Visit Vancouver’s Granville Island for a day full of music, street entertainment, and food.
  • In honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Royal Canadian Mint is introducing new commemorative circulation and collectible coins.

Read some of our past Canada Day blog posts:

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Today is National Aboriginal Day!

June 21st, 2017 by CIVIX

The CIVIX team wants to recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples who have inhabited Turtle Island, North America, for millennia to our country on this National Aboriginal Day.

Our national office is located on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on the territory that is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island. 

The National Aboriginal Day was announced in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc. This celebration takes place every year on June 21st, and the date was chosen because of the summer solstice. The summer solstice has great spiritual and cultural importance to many Indigenous peoples, who celebrate their heritage on this date. The Trudeau government has promised to rename this celebration to National Indigenous Day, to ensure consistency with international terminology. Special events across Canada are organized this year to commemorate this special day as well as Canada 150.

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There are positive and joyful things to celebrate on National Aboriginal Day. Earlier this month, thirty Indigenous leaders and non-Indigenous allies were honoured at Rideau Hall and appointed to the Order of Canada for their outstanding contribution to Indigenous peoples in Canada. There is also a growing revitalization of many Indigenous languages and traditional practices throughout the country, led by Indigenous youth, elders and leaders who contribute to the vibrancy of Indigenous cultures.

It is also a day to acknowledge the harm caused to Indigenous peoples over the years by the Residential School system and other colonial policies, and the long-lasting impacts on communities and individuals across Canada. A Truth and Reconciliation Commission was put in place a few years ago to investigate into the mistreatment of Indigenous children and offer solutions to the intergenerational trauma caused by this system. Recently, the government of Canada has launched a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to document, listen to testimonies, and offer solutions to the thousands of deaths and disappearances of Indigenous women.

Many resources are available to explore these issues and the significance of National Aboriginal Day:

National Aboriginal Day: Description, Activities, and Learning resources (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada website)

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on National Aboriginal Day” (Prime Minister’s Office, June 21st)

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation of Canada,” (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, 2015)

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls,” (MMIWG website)

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